Anoka Woman Gets Two Years for Tax Evasion

Published On: 11th August 2015

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Tax evasion can be very serious and that’s something that one woman from Anoka learned when she was sentenced to two years in prison for tax evasion.

The IRS takes the failure to pay taxes very seriously and they can be very aggressive in their efforts to collect what is owed to them, which has been made evident throughout the Twin Cities again and again when individuals have failed to pay their taxes.

The woman’s reasoning behind why she didn’t pay her income tax is because she said she didn’t believe in money. In fact, she told the IRS that there is no such thing as money, which didn’t help her any when the judge decided to sentence her to two years in federal prison.

This came after the IRS pursued the woman and her husband for seven years of unpaid income tax.

Her claim was that she and her husband were not U.S. citizens. Instead, she said they were residents of Heaven, so they shouldn’t be held responsible for any taxes that they didn’t pay because currency didn’t exist.

This was the defense that she chose to use as opposed to securing representation from an experienced criminal tax attorney.

Her husband wasn’t as inventive, however.

In 2014, the husband pleaded guilty to tax evasion, which is an offense that the woman didn’t seem to take seriously. She claimed her social security number was fictitious and that the family excavation business was a foreign trust and that she was simply its trustee.

The U.S. Attorney on the case said that her opinion regarding the existence of money was nonsense and part of her scheme to avoid paying taxes. He also claimed that her defiance was an effort to delay the case as much as she possibly could.

Going back, the woman was told in 2005 that taxes were owed on her excavating business. This included penalties and interest, which the IRS said sparked her to send them frivolous filings. The woman did this to defy the IRS, regardless of the fact that it is common knowledge that the IRS will pursue anyone who hasn’t paid their taxes.

In the end, the judge said that the man and woman were not residents of Heaven and sentenced them both to prison. They have to pay the IRS nearly $200,000 in restitution as well. The woman did plead guilty to obstruction. Originally, she faced 15 counts of filing fraudulent tax returns. Pleading guilty to obstruction reduced her prison sentence significantly. Had she been convicted for the 15 counts plus one count of obstruction, her prison sentence would have been much longer.