Charlie Rangel -Tax Cheat +

Charles Rangel United States Army

He served with distinction and won a Purple Heart.
He served with distinction and won a Purple Heart.

Latest Words from Rangel

"New York Rep. Charlie Rangel wants the world to know: Tea party members are a bunch of “white crackers.”

“It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police,” Mr. Rangel told the Daily Beast."

It seems Charlie Rangel's views have not changed much through the years.

His Early Years

Charles Bernard Rangel, better known as Charlie Rangel, was born June 11, 1930. He is the second of three children and was Roman Catholic. His father, Ralph Rangel, Sr., was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and his mother, Blanche Wharton worked as a maid and seamstress in a factory in the NYC garment district. Her grandfather had been a slave in Virginia. His father was frequently absent, unemployed and abusive to his mother. Charles grandfather worked in a courthouse and helped keep Charles out of serious trouble. He dropped out of school in his junior year.

Charles enlisted in the United States Army serving from 1948-1952, fighting in an all-black Field Artillery Battalion in the Korean War. Rangel who was only a private first class had a reputation for leadership. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds, the Bronze Star with Valor. He refers to the Army as a turning point in his life.

Following his discharge he finished high school, received a B.S. from New York University School of Commerce in 1957, where he made the dean’s list. On a full scholarship he obtained a Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University of Law in 1960. After graduating from law school, Charlie passed the state bar exam and was hired by 'Weaver, Evans & Wingate', the city's most prominent black law firm, providing legal assistance to black civil rights activists

Charlie Rangel - Successful at what cost?

Greed, tax evasion and investigation

Charles Rangel had been a democratic member in the House of Representatives since 1971, representing the Fifteenth Congressional District of New York. He is now the Ranking Member of the Committee on Ways and Means (where all tax laws are written) and Chairman of the Board of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus, where he has also served as chairman, and of which he continues to be a member. Charles Rangel has been arrested many times for protesting alleged human rights abuses in Sudan and for numerous other causes as well. He has finally stepped aside while being investigated by the ethics committee. He is still able to vote as an active member of Congress, but is no longer the Chairman of the Ways and Means committee. Since he has been in charge of writing tax laws for all these years it is hard to believe he has been cheating on his taxes and getting away with it. Why is he still a member of Congress?

Charlie Rangel changed his life after his stent in the Army but now you have to ask the question when did Charlie start to go wrong? On April 9, 1965, a 34-year-old lawyer named Charles Rangel took out a low-interest mortgage to renovate his childhood home, a row house on West 132nd Street that he had just inherited from his grandfather. The $39,350 loan came from a New York City program to develop low-income housing. He was to turn the home into six low income apartments. While Rangel may have thought he scored a sweetheart deal, the loan came back to haunt him during his first run for Congress in 1970. An opponent in the Democratic primary accused him of violating the conditions of the mortgage because he was living in one of the apartments that were supposed to be rented only to poor people,

To give you an idea of his Rangel’s Congressional Annual Salaries over the years:

1975 - $44,600; 1984 - $72,600; 1993 - 133,600; 2001 - $145,100; 2006 - $165,200.

In 1987 Charlie Rangel purchased the 'Punta Yacht Club' for $250,000 in Dominican Republic. (Rangel's Congressional Annual Salary in 1987 at that time was then $89,500 a year.) The rental income from the Punta Yacht Club property is substantial as it is a luxury beach-front villa and is more often than not rented out.

But when the National Legal and Policy Center looked at Mr. Rangel’s House financial disclosure forms in August, it noted that his reported income looked suspiciously low. In 2004 and 2005, he reported no more than $5,000, and in 2006 and 2007 no income at all from the property. The villa is among the most desirable atPunta Canaand that it rents for $500 a night in the low season, and as much as $1,100 a night in peak season. Last year it was fully booked between December 15 and April 15.

“Mr. Rangel soon admitted having failed to report rental income of $75,000 over the years. First he blamed his wife for the oversight because he said she was supposed to be managing the property. Then he blamed the language barrier. “Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish,” Mr. Rangel explained”

Mr. Rangel also owns four rent-stabilized apartments in Harlem. He is in violation for owning these apartments because his income is too high. The National Legal and Policy Center also says it has confirmed that Mr. Rangel owned a home in Washington from 1971-2000 and during that time claimed a “homestead” exemption that allowed him to save on his District of Columbia property taxes. However, the homestead exemption must only apply to a principal residence, and the Washington home could not have qualified as such since Mr. Rangel’s rent-stabilized apartments in New York have the same requirement.

Oh, and those vacant properties in Glassboro, in southern Jersey? These lots and their as-much-as-$15,000 value must also have slipped down his memory hole. (The New York Post reported yesterday that Mr. Rangel failed to pay property taxes for two of the lots, according to the county clerk's office.)

Representative Rangel did not report more than $660,000 in assets and tens of thousands in income for 2007. Records show. Rangel, has filed an amended disclosure that includes the correct figures, Roll Call reported Tuesday night. The 2007 form listed assets of $516,000 to $1,316,000, but the amended disclosure lists of $1.028 million to $2.495 million, as reported by Roll Call.

Charlie Rangle walks out of Congressional hearing

The initial filing excluded a Congressional Federal Credit Union checking account worth more than $250,000 and maybe as much as $500,000, an investment fund account worth more than $250,000, the amended report indicated. Members of Congress are allowed to report asset values within broad ranges, as reported by Roll Call. Where did all this money come from?

The Chairman also didn't disclose the $1,001 to $15,000 in stock he owns in Yum Brands, the conglomerate that runs those chain restaurants, KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's,

The updated forms report that Mr. Rangel's total net worth is between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000 -- about twice the amount listed in the original disclosure statement, filed in May 2008, which declared assets totaling between $516,015 and $1,316,000. Compare that to his undisclosed portfolio stake in PepsiCo—$15,001 to $50,000.

Mr. Rangel promised last fall to amend his tax returns, pay what is due and correct the information on his annual financial disclosure form. But the deadline for the 2008 filing was May 15 and as of last week he still had not filed.

Furthermore, two years after creating a center in his own name at City College, Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel has come through with a $3 million defense grant for the school -- for a project the Pentagon doesn't even want according to The Post.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Mr. Rangel on no fewer than six separate issues, including his failure to report the no-interest loan on his Punta Cana villa and his use of rent-stabilized apartments. It is also investigating his fund raising for the Charles B.Rangel Center for Public Service at City College of New York. New York labor attorney Theodore Kheel, one of the principal owners of the Punta Cana resort, is an important donor to the Rangel Center.

In Conclusion

It doesn’t appear that Representative Rangel plans to pay those pesky taxes, perhaps he feels a man of his position shouldn’t owe taxes. Most feel Rangel will remain the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee until Nancy. Pelosi decides it’s time for him to go. Yes, you and I would probably be in jail if we had this history of tax fraud. I guess it helps to have friends in high places.

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breakfastpop profile image

breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Pamela,

It's obscene, Rangel has to go!


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Roberta99 6 years ago

You and I could not get away with this. Outrageous.

Changes must be accomplished.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you for your comments. I agree that Rangel needs to be kicked out of Congress, plus I think there should be criminal charges.


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eovery 6 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Lets' boot the crook out!

Keep on Hubbing!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sounds like a plan!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

This man is a crook and it goes to show that the Democrats will go to any length to protect a crook as long as he is on their side. My company has flown Mr. Rangel several times in private jets and my pilots described him as charming and funny. Thank you for the expose. Well done!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Rangle had the ground plowed bt his predecessor Adam Clayton Powell. Who after doing time, was re-elected to the same district. Finally Rangle suceeded Powell. It's kind of like a Marion Berry thing.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your comments and adding a few facts I didn't know. I knew he was a "protected" crook which is why I wrote the expose.


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RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

Now I understand who he is a little better. Keep us posted. Looking forward to reading more of your work.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, Thank you for your comment. It seems like he may get by without penalty at this point. Nance Pelosi protects him like a mother hen. I keep watching however.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I'm sure that there is much more beneath the surface we don't know about.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, Thank you your comment and I suspect you are right.


fletch92131 6 years ago

He seems guilty as hell, but let's give him a chance to "dance to the music", before totally stripping him of all wages and benefits for the rest of his life. This guy is potentially worse than former Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Fletch, than you for the comment. At least he finally has had to step down from his position. Time will tell the rest of the story.


Bplus Student 6 years ago

Hey Pamela I really apreciate this. I had to write a 9 page report on Powell and got most of my info from here! Thank you! :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Bplus, Glad to have helped your out.


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PJ Jones 6 years ago

Very informative..thanks. It's too bad he was used to the "old" ways. These older politicans need to get with the times, realize that hardly nothing is private anymore. Like Nixon, he did nothing that was unusual, he trusted the wrong people, and believed he was untouchable. Every congress(person) should start to clean out their closets.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

PF Jones, I think you are right that every congressman should start to clean out their own closet as people want to have faith in their politicians. Thanks for your comment.


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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida

Great Hub! Forget cleaning out their closets, I think a lot of congressmen should start cleaning out their desks. I think things are going to change this November.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Jack, You have a point there as i would just like to see them all replaced at this point. I have high hope for November. Thanks for your comments.


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JY3502 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Pelosi better be trying to cover her own butt and not worry about Rangel. She definitely has to go. I wonder what size collar she wears...gonna get one for her from Hartz Mountain.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

JV, That is too funny and I agree that the collar is fitting. Thanks for your comments.


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KFlippin 6 years ago from Amazon

Hard to believe it's been months and months since the Rangel fraud story broke, yet it is just now reaching some kind of finale. And of course suddenly it is a racist plot, imagine that.

Good job presenting Rangel, and humanizing him for those like me who mostly percieve him from the news bites of the last couple of years. He started off with lots of promise, just couldn't stay out of that corruption swamp, poor Nancy's hip waders must be flooding with high swamp water by now.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

KFlippin, I'm glad you liked the hub. I think he did start out doing good, but absolute corruption corrupts absolutely. Maybe Nancy's hip waders will fill up enough that she will just float away. Thanks so much for your comments.


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WannaB Writer 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

I see I'm discovering this hub late. Looks like both Rangel and Pelosi are still there and up to their old tricks. It's so convenient that they feel they don't need to live by the laws they make for the rest of us.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Barbara, That seems to be the case with so many politiciians anymore. I did update this hub a bit, but of course, nothing changes. Thanks for your comments.

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