EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he was not bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being found guilty of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.
A federal jury on Wednesday convicted 47 year old Destry Marcotte of Belleville of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.
Federal prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.
Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.
After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bail is set at $200,000 for a 67-year-old woman accused of plotting to kill Las Vegas police to advance an anti-authority sovereign citizens movement.
Court officials say Devon Campbell Newman said nothing during a bail hearing today. Her court-appointed lawyer declined comment on the case.
Newman told the judge Friday that she didn't hurt anyone and wants to be freed pending a Sept. 9 preliminary hearing.
She and co-defendant David Allen Brutsche (brew-SHAY') also told the judge Friday that they don't recognize his authority to keep them in jail.
Bail was set at $600,000 for the 42-year-old Brutsche.
Police say an undercover officer spent four months with Brutsche and Newman, collecting evidence of what authorities are calling a domestic terror operation.