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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tax Defier Sentenced To Two Years In Prison For Failing To Pay Federal Taxes For More Than Seven Years

Defendant claimed that “there is no such thing as money” in effort to avoid paying taxes

United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger today announced the sentencing of TAMI MAE MAY, 56, to two years in federal prison for failing to pay federal taxes for more than seven years. MAY pleaded guilty on June 9, 2014, to one count of obstruction of due administration of Internal Revenue laws. MAY was sentenced on August 4, 2015, before Senior Judge David S. Doty in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, from 1998 through 2004, MAY failed to file any income tax returns for the excavating business she ran with her husband, despite that fact that the business earned substantial income during that time. When notified by the IRS in April 2005 that the business owed tax debt, penalties and interest, MAY embarked on an eight-year campaign of frivolous filings, in an effort to obstruct the administration of Internal Revenue laws.

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, MAY filed a host of fake documents with the IRS, including a “zero income” tax return, Forms 1099-OID falsely claiming that her husband had made payments to various IRS Revenue Officers, falsely claiming that the Mays or their business had received “original issue discounts” and had “federal tax withheld” by various banks and credit card companies, and forms claiming that the Mays were not United States Citizens, but instead were permanent residents of the “Kingdom of Heaven.”

According to the defendant’s guilty plea and documents filed in court, MAY also made nonsensical tax-defier-scheme-related statements to the IRS, including that her social security number was her “corporate fiction’s” social security number, that her family’s business was a foreign trust of which she was the trustee, and that there is no such thing as money.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen prosecuted the case.


Defendant Information:


Anoka, Minn.


  • Obstruction of due administration of Internal Revenue laws, 1 count


  • 2 years in prison
  • 1 year supervised release
  • $192,495 in restitution




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Updated August 5, 2015