[The following are pages 145-148 of Peter Reichelt's book, Helnwein and Scientology (H A S):Lies and Treason, 360 pages of which are available at http://members.tripod.com/German_Scn_News/has00.htm. This section tells about some false invoices and tax evasion. Antje Victore's boss was also convicted for tax evasion. She is the fake Scientology asylum woman.] Gottfried Helnwein, Inc. in Vienna in 1981 and the problems with the tax authorities in Austria since 1994 On December 2, 1981, to better market his art work in Vienna, Gottfried Helnwein founded the "Gottfried Helnwein Corporation, Inc.", HRB nbr. 28.946, of which he was sole business manager.
The starting capital of the company was 500,000 shillings. The purpose of the firm included "the trade, evaluation, import and export, exhibiting and holding exhibitions and other presentations of paintings, sculptures and miscellaneous works of art, along with the publication, distribution and sale of art prints and graphics of all sorts...".
At the end of 1984, Helnwein moved, according to his own statement, together with his Helnwein & Scientology, Lies & Treason by Peter Reichelt, 1997 - Page 146 family from Vienna to Burg Brohl into the castle of the same name near Cologne. Shortly after his move, on November 14, 1985, Helnwein stepped down as business manager of his corporation.
He installed one of the best friends of the Helnwein family as the new business manager, Anton "Toni" Morell, a great adherent of the Scientology Organization, just like Gottfried and Renate Helnwein were then.
In the magazine of the International Association of Scientologists (IAS), "Impact," issue 39 from 1991, which was published in England, there is found on page 45 a list of the so-called "patrons"
of the association.
"Patrons," according to statements made in this magazine, are donors who have made contributions of at least $40,000 to the IAS, and to their "war chest" in particular. Under the column title of "Austria" are 24 names under the designation of "Patrons." One of them is Toni Morell, the business manager of "Gottfried Helnwein, Inc.," whose company name was modified on November 4, 1993 to "Boulevard of Broken Dreams Kunstverlags GmbH" ["Kunstverlags GmbH: Art Publishing, Inc.]. People doing business in the company initially included Katharina and Peter Markowitsch, along with Gottfried Helnwein, and later included Anton "Toni" Morell and Peter Tovornik.
Specifically, this company distributed Helnwein posters worldwide, including the famous "James Dean" poster and that of Edward Hoppers "Nighthawks" - posters taken from paintings of Presley, of Bogart and one of Monroe at a bar. In Helnwein's words, the James Dean poster was one of the "most sold" posters of the world.
The relatively large sales income then flowing to Vienna from around the world was also one of the main reasons Helnwein was obliged to confide in especially clever tax advisors since 1981.
Helnwein found one of them in Viennese Scientologist Dr. Erwin Annau, an iridescent figure in Austria's Scientology scene. Erwin Annau, who was still on staff in the Wolfgang Annau tax office at the time, became the tax advisor to "Gottfried Helnwein, Inc." in Vienna, and also to the Helnwein couple. Annau's first goal was to decrease the official income with "operationally" related expenses.
In doing so, he came across the ingenious idea of listing Gottfried Helnwein's "donations" - fees for Scientology courses and his visits to Scientology's pre-eminent Flag Sea Org headquarters in Clearwater, Florida - as "artistic" consultation, which could then be accounted for and written off as work-related expenses.
Helnwein & Scientology, Lies & Treason by Peter Reichelt, 1997 - Page 147 The people at Flag headquarters were happy to help out. In 1982 alone, the FSO (Flag Service Organization, 210 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Clearwater, Florida 34616, USA), presented a "bill"
calculated just over DM 12,000 to "Gottfried Helnwein, Neustiftgasse in Vienna" for culture management and counseling courses." The sum of the bill was to be paid, at the instructions of the FSO per telex, by transferring money to a secret FSO special bank account in the Luxemburg "Creditbank." Events similar to that occurred the following year, after Helnwein's emigration to Germany in winter 1984.
In 1985, Annau, full of pride and arrogance about the supposed stupidity of the Viennese tax authorities which were supposed to have checked out Helnwein's 1983 tax returns, communicated to his friend Helnwein that the "Scientology expense model" had once again, as it had in the previous year, been accepted by the tax authorities without problems. Annau also had something prepared for "Helnwein Inc." Besides Helnwein, Annau also gave tax advice to other top Scientologists in Austria, including Juergen Walter Apple. Like Annau, since 1994 Epple has been entangled in an extensive tax evasion scandal, the investigation of which has included the "Scientology Austria" organization. The reason for that: issuance of various false invoices.
The "Gottfried Helnwein, Inc." company, which in any case was involved in a wide-scale investigation by Viennese tax authorities, was also found in these investigations to have been issued a false invoice from an Epple company, whose offices were in the Italian-Swiss tax haven of Campione, of over DM 100,000 for various "consultant" activities by Mr. J. W. Epple. The written "advice" consisted of two reports written independently of each other:
a. analysis of balance statements for business years 1981 to 1984 and b. analysis and prospective development of a Scientology Celebrity Center under the personal management of Gottfried Helnwein in Burgbrohl, Germany from 1985. Looking through the text of the second analysis, it becomes particularly clear how extensively and how much detail plans with Helnwein for construction and operation of a new Scientology Organization in Germany were, and even that the development costs were to be written off in taxes in Austria.
Even after Helnwein's move from Vienna to Burgbrohl, Helnwein & Scientology, Lies & Treason by Peter Reichelt, 1997 - Page 148 and his replacing himself with "Patron" Toni Morelli as company business manager, Erwin Annau was still acting as his tax consultant. In 1989, Annau broadcast a flyer to all his Scientology customers, in particular to Viennese WISE members; WISE is a sub-organization of Scientology, exclusively for commercial corporations, self-employed and independent professionals who, for payment of a large membership fee and a percentage of their sales which flow to the Florida center in a roundabout way, may follow business doctrine. In his information letter, he communicated instructions he had received from the WISE center in Florida that "all future payments should be made to the new bank account ... in the Luxemburg Creditbank, keyword 'FSO'."
Anton "Toni" Morell, business manager of WISE member "Gottfried Helnwein, Inc.," also settled an open invoice by sending a check for "consulting activities" shortly after receiving the flyer in an amount of over DM 17,000 to the Luxemburg Creditbank account given to him by Annau, payable to FSO in Clearwater. In 1994, the bank account number was altered a third time and the "WISE members" were notified.