WASHINGTON -- A U.S. District Court judge in California issued a temporary restraining order that prevents the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department from either collecting arbitrage profits from the $17.5 million Whitewater Gardens black box bond deal or revoking the tax-exempt status of the bonds.

Judge Consuelo B. Marshall of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles, issued the order late Friday at the request of the Riverside County Housing Authority and its lawyers.

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