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Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:18 PM

Tax evasion guru gets 10 years in federal prison

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/10/prominent_tax_dodger_winston_s.html

A federal judge Monday sent tax dodger Winston Shrout, a prominent sovereign citizen with an international following, to prison for 10 years for issuing fake financial documents to banks and the U.S Treasury and failing to file tax returns from 2009 to 2014.

"You're 70 years old. This may well be a life sentence,'' U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones said. "I'm well aware of that.''


Winston Shrout was one of the leading proponents of Redemption theory, which says the government has a secret account with tons of money in it on every American, and that you can use it to pay all your bills and taxes if you only know exactly how. He made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling information and seminars on this stuff. Hopefully this sends a message to all the people desperate enough to try something like this...and that message needs to be, "this doesn't work."

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:32 PM

1. We had one in SC a decade ago

His argument was, that since we were no longer on the gold standard, no one had “income” that could be taxed. He said the government could require you to file, so he recommended writing on the form that you refused to answer based on your 5th amendment rights.
It worked out really well for him. He had already lost his law and broker license, and he also got about a ten year sentence.
Most of his several hundred clients were not given jail, but their fines and interest on their late payments meant they all owed a lot more in taxes than if they had filed.

Guy must have been quite a bullshitter to convince people that he had figured out a loophole that no one else had exploited since the 1930s to avoid paying taxes.

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Response to SCantiGOP (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:41 PM

3. The stuff you describe your SC doing came straight from Shrout

Google "HJR 192." (This is the law that took the US off the gold standard.) Shrout invented the lie that HJR 192 meant no one could legally demand you pay anything, since the law had made all US currency invalid. There are a LOT of homeless people thanks to that one, because the banks really didn't agree with him.

I wouldn't call him a bullshitter. Shrout kept telling people to do all these things in the face of clear and convincing evidence none of them work. In fact, he CHARGED people to tell them things that would get them in hot water. This makes Shrout a Trump-level psychopath.

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Response to jmowreader (Original post)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:35 PM

2. You say this fellow was selling fruitcake for a living?

And people just ate it up?

I don't know which is worse, when they know they are scamming you or when they think they are on to some secret information.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 23, 2018, 08:42 PM

4. More like he was selling empty cans with "fruitcake" painted on the side

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