Chipley “Sovereign Citizen” Convicted At Trial Of $3.4 Million Tax Fraud Scheme, Filing A False Lien, And Absconding While On Bond
Ocala, Florida – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that a federal jury has found Frantz Brignol guilty of tax evasion. Brignol faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for November 9, 2023, before Senior United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell. Brignol was indicted on November 22, 2022.
According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Brignol amassed more than $600,000 in tax liabilities with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Between 2014 and 2020, he evaded his tax payments by hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in his mother’s bank accounts (for which he had signatory authority), trading funds overseas in his mother’s name, and making materially false statements to the IRS on financial disclosure forms.
This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Hannah Nowalk and William S. Hamilton.