United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Chico Man Arraigned For Recording False Liens And Other Actions In Defiance Of Tax Laws
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, July 16, 2012
Docket #: 2:12-CR-252-GEB
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — James O. Molen, 68, of Chico, was arraigned today on an indictment charging him with recording false liens to retaliate against federal officers, contempt of court, and interference with tax administration, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced. Molen pleaded not guilty to the charges and was detained pending further proceedings. His next court date is set for July 17, 2012.
According to court documents, there have been three separate civil cases between the United States and Molen since 2003 concerning his noncompliance with his tax obligations, frivolous tax arguments, and history of filing false liens against federal judges and employees of the Executive Branch. The case numbers are 2:03-cv-1531 DFL GGH, 2:06-cv-614 LKK-KJM, and 2:10-cv-2591 MCE-KJN. The indictment alleges that Molen continued in his defiance of tax laws and again recorded false liens against two different federal employees.
This case is the product of an investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew D. Segal is prosecuting the case