“Sovereign Citizens” Sentenced to Prison for Tax Fraud
Contact Person: Jim May (803) 929-3000
Columbia, South Carolina---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated that Jefford Henry, Jeffrey Henry, Linda Marie Henry, Makeshia Glover and Bobby McGuire, were sentenced today in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for conspiracy to commit wire, mail and bank fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1349, wire fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1343, mail fraud, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1341, and money laundering, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956. United States District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis of Columbia sentenced Jefford Henry to 108 months, Jeffrey Henry to 121 months, Linda Marie Henry to 87 months, Makeshia Glover to 87 months and Bobby McGuire to 46 months.
Evidence presented at the trial established that the defendants are members of the sovereign citizen group, the Moorish Nation. The defendants stole approximate 2 million dollars from the IRS and attempted to steal over 12 million dollars by submitting fraudulent tax returns. Evidence established that once the money was deposited, the defendants shared in the proceeds, buying automobiles and property. The defendants claimed that their belief structure allowed them to steal from the IRS - an argument that the Government refuted and the jury rejected. Because the defendants have continued to file frivolous and nonsensical demands with the court, they were taken into custody immediately after the sentence was pronounced.
The case was investigated by agents of the FBI and IRS CID. Assistant United States Attorneys Jim May and DeWayne Pearson of the Columbia office prosecuted the case.