Seven Group Members Indicted in Tax Evasion Scheme
On Monday, seven members of the Oregon-based Christian Patriot Association (CPA?!) were indicted for committing acts of conspiracy against the Internal Revenue Service.
The group had set up an illegal banking scheme in which almost 1,000 people hid assets of $200 million from the IRS. So far, six of the seven indicted have been arrested.
According to reports from the Associated Press, members of the Association labeled themselves as "sovereign citizens," and therefore claimed they did not owe any taxes to the government.
Based on a 1998 report published by the Intelligence Project, an organization monitoring the activity of extremist groups, the Christian Patriot Association was identified as one of 217 such groups in the U.S. These groups advocate extreme antigovernment doctrines.
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