Tim Turner got 18 years for his tax fraud scheme of paying taxes with fictional financial instruments and filing fake retaliatory liens against government officials. How many of his followers did he con into doing the same scheme?
Remember that Turner, as head of the RuSA intended to supplant the government of each state with RuSA operatives who used corrupt means to enforce their edicts. They thought they could simply ignore the State constitutions which already provide a means for “the people” to use their sovereign political power to install government leaders. Had they succeeded, the states would have delusional fundamentalist Christian thugs in charge.
But let us also remember the REASON so many gullible people followed Tim Turner from The Restore America Plan (TRAP), a failure also led by criminal Glen Unger (Sam Kennedy), Regan Dwayne, and Tom Shaults, to the Republic of the united States of America (RuSA). They felt then, and feel now, utter dismay and disgust at having their voting power swamped by leftist elitists, BOZOS, and stupid/ignorant street dregs of the Democratic Party whom organizations like ACORN drug to the polls. They felt alarmed that leftist heads of US Government will destroy America right before their eyes, turning it into the equivalent of a Communist/Muslim dictatorship while spending it into oblivion and destroying the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
On the one hand, I share their disgust and alarm.
On the other hand, I sincerely believe that this Patriot Myth Monger James Timothy Turner (Tim Turner) belongs in prison. I hope the delusional, dangerous, tent-revival-preacher style con-man never gets out. He has helped to give the “sovereign citizens movement” a bad name. I congratulate the FBI on the excellent work in bring this perp to justice.
I also hope that all of Tim Turner’s TRAP and RuSA followers will refocus their energies. They should become intelligently, politically, and cohesively active, and campaign hard for honest, informed, intelligent, ethical candidates for the legislatures and executive seats in the US and their states.
Self-Proclaimed President of Sovereign Citizen Group Sentenced to Federal Prison for Promoting Tax Fraud Scheme
|U.S. Department of JusticeJuly 31, 2013||
WASHINGTON—The Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the FBI announced today that James Timothy Turner, also known as Tim Turner, was sentenced to serve 18 years in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the United States, attempting to pay taxes with fictitious financial instruments, attempting to obstruct and impede the IRS, failing to file a 2009 federal income tax return, and falsely testifying under oath in a bankruptcy proceeding.
In March 2013, following a five-day jury trial, Turner was convicted on 10 counts in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Based on the evidence introduced at trial and in court filings, Turner, the self-proclaimed “president” of the sovereign citizen group Republic for the united States of America (RuSA), traveled the country in 2008 and 2009 conducting seminars teaching attendees how to defraud the IRS by preparing and submitting fictitious bonds to the U.S. government in payment of federal taxes, mortgages, and other debt. The evidence at trial revealed the bonds are fictitious, and witnesses testified that Turner used special paper, financial terminology, and elaborate borders in an effort to make them look authentic and more likely to succeed in defrauding the recipient. Turner was convicted of sending a $300 million fictitious bond in his own name and of aiding and abetting others in sending 15 other fictitious bonds to the Treasury Department to pay taxes and other debts.
The evidence at trial also established that Turner taught people how to file retaliatory liens against government officials who interfered with the processing of fictitious bonds. Turner filed a purported $17.6 billion maritime lien in Montgomery County, Alabama Probate Court against another individual. This investigation began after Turner and three other self-proclaimed “Guardian Elders” sent demands to all 50 governors in the United States in March 2010 ordering each governor to resign within three days to be replaced by a “sovereign” leader or be “removed.” The FBI immediately began investigating Turner and IRS- Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) joined the investigation soon thereafter.
“This lengthy prison sentence shows that tax defiers like Turner who use bogus tax schemes and file retaliatory liens against government officials will be punished,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Dimonacovision Kathryn Keneally. “The Justice Department will continue to work with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who attempt to defraud the government.”
“This sentence should send a message that if you attempt to use retaliatory tax liens and fraudulent tax schemes as weapons against the United States and its citizens you will be punished,” stated acting U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart for the Middle District of Alabama. “We cannot and will not tolerate those who violate the law for financial gain. I would like to thank the law enforcement officers who worked vigilantly on this case to bring this criminal to justice.”
“Turner influenced others with his false ideology by aggressively promoting obstruction of the IRS,” stated Richard Weber, Chief, IRS-Criminal Investigation. “In truth, Turner’s own defiance of IRS and his attempts to lead others through the same labyrinth of lies and distortions led to his downfall as shown by the significant sentence he must now serve. Today’s sentence should also send a strong message to those who may follow in Turner’s footsteps and attempt to defy their tax obligations. The legality of our income tax laws has been challenged time and time again and the courts have consistently upheld them.”
“The FBI is committed to vigorously investigate individuals and groups who steal from the federal government for financial gain through schemes deigned to avoid payment on loans, taxes, and other obligations owed the federal government,” stated Stephen Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI, Mobile Division.
In addition to prison time, Turner was ordered to pay $26,021 in restitution to the IRS and to serve a five-year term of supervised release upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by special agents of the FBI and IRS-CI and was prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorney Justin Gelfand and Middle District of Alabama Assistant U.S. Attorney Gray Borden.