Ala. man found guilty of tax evasion


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The president of a sovereign citizens group has been found guilty of tax evasion.

Authorities say 57-year-old James Timothy Turner, president of a group known as "Republic for the united State of America," tried using fraudulent methods to pay taxes and lied under oath during a bankruptcy proceeding — among other offenses.

Turner became the target of an investigation after he and others sent letters to all 50 governors demanding they leave office. Authorities say the man toured the country in 2008 and 2009 teaching people how to submit bonds to pay off tax debts. Authorities say the bonds were fake and were often written for more than $1 billion.

Turner is in federal custody and faces up to 164 years in prison and a maximum fine of $2.35 million.

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