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Footnotes: Sending Accountants to Space; Brian Shaw Sentenced; A. Stalker, CPA | 06.02.14

This EYer is hoping to get sent to space In her video application, Johnson joked, “The reason I want to go on the mission to Mars is I find myself waking up every morning thinking there must be more to life and the reason for that is probably because I am an accountant. [economia]

ESPN is concerned an insider trading probe might through Lefty off his game "I think that as a player, you have to be able to block out whatever is going on off the golf course and be able to focus on the golf course," Mickelson said. "And it's not going to change the way I carry myself. Honestly, I've done nothing wrong. I'm not going to walk around any other way." [ESPN]

Barry Minkow has been ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution, $2.8 million of which will go directly to the church he ripped off [NBC San Diego]

Informant in KPMG insider trading case sentenced to 5 months in prison The jeweler’s lawyers argued in favor of a lower sentence due to the jeweler’s valuable cooperation and lack of criminal history. But the judge said that it would set the wrong precedent for others involved in insider trading. “That’s being overly, overly generous,” Judge Wu said after passing the sentence. [LA Times]

Tax evasion crackdown: Foreign banks share info Nearly 70 countries have agreed to share information from their banks as part of a U.S. law that targets Americans hiding assets overseas. Participating countries include all the world's financial giants, as well as many places where Americans have traditionally hid assets, including Switzerland, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas. [AP]

A transgender performance artist has won a victory against the State of Minnesota taxation authority [MinnPost]

A Tennessee accountant was targeted in a phishing scam that left his clients wondering why their trusted financial advisor was calling them with spammy interest rate offers “(The scammers) put my number on there for credibility purposes. I have a lot of clients that trust me,” Godsey said. “I can just see a client of mine that’s an elderly couple that will see this and say, ‘What’s this Garry? We’ve known him for 30 years and he wouldn’t lead us down the wrong path.’ “I have a reputation to keep,” Godsey continued. “I just don’t want anyone to get hurt over it and don’t want to be found liable for it, although I wouldn’t be.” [The Daily Times]

This nosy CPA needed advice on stalking [Gaston Gazette]

As we gear up for hurricane season, here's a silly study. People don't take female-named hurricanes seriously (because chicks, right?) [Capital Weather Gang via WaPo]