Milwaukee “Sovereign Citizen” Sentenced for Tax Evasion

Posted on Oct 31, 2012

How far will a constitutional defense for tax evasion take you in court? Not very, as evidenced by the recent conviction of a Milwaukee businessman for failing to pay taxes on almost a million dollars of income.

According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, New Age Chemical owner James A. Stuart, Jr. suddenly stopped paying his tax returns in 2005, and also filed amended returns seeking the refund of all the taxes he had paid before then.

Apparently, Stuart had fallen under the sway of the constitutional tax-protest movement, which insists that the federal income tax law is unconstitutional. (Stuart's tax evasion, though, went above and beyond a simple constitutional defense; he also tried to change his job status to “contractor” from “owner,” retitled an $80,000 Corvette in his daughter's name, and bought a hundred thousand dollars' worth of gold.) As to his claim to be a “sovereign citizen” of the U.S. and thus exempt from taxes, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals described this argument as “frivolity squared.”

Represented in court by the same lawyer who attempted to defend Wesley Snipes (the actor is currently serving a jail term for income-tax evasion), Stuart was sentenced to 33 months in prison, followed by three months of probation, and he has to pay all the principal, penalties, and interest on his impressive tax bill.

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