Several people sent $$ and at least one vendor stepped up in response to your initial post. I did. I sent $$ and felt good that I was helping a man save something that he was losing through no fault of his own. Of course that is not the whole story as has been shown. You took advantage of the trust of lots of people. By not telling the whole truth up front, you violated that trust. Won't happen again. Of course, that is ashame, because a certain level of trust that existed was exploited and therefore destroyed. As for the $$, I for one would like my $$ back. I won't hold my breath waiting for that. I will, no doubt, write this off to education being expensive. As for the IRS debt, now that I have read everything I am ore in doubt than ever. You see, for all of their bad reputation, the IRS has programs set up that cover people like your brother. They have tax payer advocates (employees of the IRS) that are free and help people come up with a workable solution. They have whats known as an OIC (offer in compromise) where you pay little or nothing based on your income, ability to pay from assets and culpability. Wonder how I know? I will send you my USTC Bar roll number if you like. All I have to live with is the fact that I trusted (should have known better, right?) and thought that I was helping someone who was deserving. I can live with that because I was doing what I thought was the right thing. The fact is that, as I see it, you did not tell the whole truth, people trusted you and you will have to live with that, not me.