Utah ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Convicted In Fraud Scheme
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – May 31, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) –
According to an FBI statement, “Wray conspired with Dr. Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel, of Macungie, Pennsylvania, to help Dr. Von Kiel evade a six-figure debt he owed to HHS for unpaid medical school loans and avoid paying personal income taxes to the IRS. Dr. Von Kiel pleaded guilty and was sentenced, on April 20, 2015, to 41 months in prison. Von Kiel was also ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $256,920, to the Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $262,303.11 to the Department of Education in the amount of $36,314, forfeiture of $165,988.29, and a $1,325 special assessment.”
“Wray uses many different names for himself in an attempt to evade federal and other laws by arguing that he has not been properly identified in legal documents,” the FBI said. “Wray also claims to be a “sovereign” citizen who is not subject to federal laws, including laws regarding personal income taxation.”
Wray now faces a possible sentence of 51 to 78 months in federal prison, three years of supervised release, restitution and a $3,300 special assessment.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 2, 2015.
The case was investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigations and the FBI.
It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark B. Dubnoff.