Another ‘Sovereign’ Guilty of Filing Bogus Tax Returns
This is the most common type of sovereign citizen, they use their insane conspiracy theories as rationalization to dodge taxes. So while they consider themselves patriots, they don’t contribute to upkeep of the roads, parks, schools, military, standards bodies, or anything else we all depend on day in and day out. Rush Limbaugh characterizes leftists as parasites, but in reality it’s the sovereign citizen militia types who are the parasites. While they might seem harmless, occasionally their lunacy confronts reality and they have psychotic breaks where they fly planes into government buildings, shoot up museums, cook up ricin, kill cops, or other dangerous things.
A Washington accountant with ties to the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement has pleaded guilty to preparing false income tax returns that cheated the U.S. government out of an estimated $2.5 million.
Federal prosecutors will recommend that Timothy Garrison of Mount Vernon, Wash., spend four years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 2 in U.S. district court in Seattle. He pleaded guilty last week to two counts of assisting in the filing of false federal tax returns.
As part of the plea bargain, a federal firearms charge will be dismissed against Garrison. He couldn’t legally possess firearms because he was convicted of mail fraud in 1984.
Garrison, who holds an accounting degree from the University of Washington, was part of an antigovernment group variously called the “Sovereign Assemblies” or “Assemblies of the Counties at Large.” He served as treasurer of the “assemblies” last December, the seattlepi.com reported on Monday.