Self-proclaimed sovereign citizen group president sentenced to 18 years in prison; taught classes on how to defraud the U.S.

tim turner.pngAll Alabama – by Erin Edgemon

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The self-proclaimed president of an area sovereign citizen group was sentenced to serve 18 years in federal prison today after being convicted on 10 counts including conspiracy to defraud the United States.

James Timothy Turner, also known as Tim Turner, of Ozark, was sentenced to 18 years after convicted in March on the charges of 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, the U.S. Justice Department, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today.  

Turner, who claims he is the 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, according to evidence presented at his trial in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

The evidence at trial revealed the bonds are fictitious and worthless but 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.

Turner also taught people how to file retaliatory liens against government officials who interfered with the processing of fictitious bonds, according to evidence.

Turner filed a purported $17.6 billion maritime lien in Montgomery County, Ala., 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 Division Kathryn Keneally. “The Justice Department will continue to work with law enforcement to investigate and prosecute those who attempt to defraud the government.”

“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.”

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.

25 thoughts on “Self-proclaimed sovereign citizen group president sentenced to 18 years in prison; taught classes on how to defraud the U.S.

  1. Soon, the tables will turn on those that pass out sentences today, by those that have been sentenced. History always repeat’s itself.

  2. A lot of people had their lives ruined because of this man. He was also making a list and collecting data on people to give to the government. Glad he got his justice due.

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  3. I don’t know enough about the law to comment on what happened here, or what they considered “fictitious bonds”, but I do know that any group they can’t infiltrate or subvert will have its leader attacked, and if they can’t jail him, they’ll kill him.

    This is where Henry hits the nail on the head by insisting that we have to assert our rights as individuals. Hundreds of millions of individuals.

  4. Well, then, he’s a real life HERO!

    Turning the tables on the Feds! What’s the difference between the Feds …who raped and stump us, We, THE People, all the time? He simply turned the tables on the Feds!

    The Feds jailed him, because they don’t like competition!

    1. Smilardog or Steve Apple and tammyc hasn`t been here lately either. Dave hasn`t been back on The Word either lately. Yep Jolly R, I hope that they all are OK too.

      1. I’m still here…had a difficult time getting on this site the last couple days. Something about some servers in Provo, Utah I believe.

          1. The site was down for some time yesterday, digger. That was definitely a problem. Glad it’s fixed. 🙂

      2. When Steve Apple and Angel went at each other on the site, I removed their comments and let both of them know that fights between our people on the site would not be allowed because it shows a divide in our people and on our public forum.
        Angel apologized but Steve took the position that if I removed his comments he did not want to be on the site anymore. He declared his friendship and I did likewise. He has not been back since.

        1. Thanks for xplaining Henry. I know that I can be a real A-Hole some times with people and I realy don`t mean being that way for the mosrt part as we are family here. I remember when I got on NC and Angel well over a year ago and I still feel bad about that 🙁 – I am sure you remember that Henry. And yea like I went kind of goofy with tammyc the other week – yea I do feel real sh*tty about that too. I may be a jerk sometimes myself, but I really hope that I am welcome here for many years to come Bro. Like I said, I am a jerk sometimes and I do not even realize that I am being a jerk when I am, and I do feel real crappy about it – like I said about how I treated Angel and NC so long ago, I still feel guilty about that because I was out of line with those two good people.

          1. It’s all good diggerdan…we made friends. Everyone has a difference of opinion but I think we all agree that our govt. hasn’t been our govt. for a very long time and things are only getting worse.

          2. Aw thank you tammyc, ya humbled me tammyc and sometimes I do need to be humbled. I was wrong as to how I came off on ya.

          1. Well Steve is not blocked and is more than welcome to come back up anytime he wants.
            I too like Steve Apple and enjoyed his participation.

  5. “……teaching attendees how to defraud the IRS……”

    This is an oxymoron. How can one possibly defraud an agency that is itself a fraud to begin with?

    “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 Division Kathryn Keneally.”

    I’ve got news for you, KATHRYN.

    You and your friends WON’T be looking at lengthy prison sentences in the near future.


    Good post, David. Rarely see you do so.

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