(Bloomberg) — Lawyers for Robert Brockman, the 79-year-old software tycoon facing a record tax-fraud case, will seek a determination of whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial, U.S. prosecutors said Monday in a court filing.
The possibility that Brockman could be found incompetent to stand trial is the latest twist in a case in which he’s accused of using code names and encrypted communications to help hide billions of dollars in multiple offshore tax havens. If the court determines that Brockman isn’t competent to stand trial, it could result in the delay or dismissal of the case against him.
Brockman was indicted last month in San Francisco in what the Justice Department said was the “largest–ever tax charge” against an individual in the U.S. Brockman has pleaded not guilty. He faces 39 counts, including tax evasion, money laundering and evidence tampering.
Beyond questions about Brockman’s mental competency, he