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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Wisconsin

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sovereign Citizen Sentenced To 78 Months For Filing False Documents With IRS

MADISON, WIS. -- John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Scott Bodley, 58, formerly of Madison, Wis., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb to 78 months in federal prison for filing false money orders with the IRS, filing false 1099-OID documents with the IRS, filing false tax returns with the IRS, income tax evasion, and endeavoring to impede and obstruct the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws.  Bodley was convicted of these charges on February 6, 2015, after a three-day jury trial in federal court in Madison.

The case involved Bodley's attempts to harass and impede IRS agents in the performance of their duties by filing a variety of false documents with the IRS.  The government presented evidence that Bodley stopped filing legitimate tax returns in 1999.  In 2003, he threatened to file liens on an IRS agent who was auditing Bodley's 1999-2001 taxes.  From 2004 to 2009, Bodley filed false W-4 documents with his employers in an effort to avoid withholding of taxes from his paychecks.  In 2004, he quit his job in an effort to stop an IRS levy on his wages.  In 2008, Bodley filed in excess of 100 false forms with the IRS.

At today's sentencing hearing, Judge Crabb noted that Bodley was a very strange individual whose interests were very narrow and focused only on himself.  Judge Crabb told Bodley, "Your campaign against the IRS is not only without any legal foundation but it had a severe effect on the IRS, which you intended." 

The Judge indicated that she was also disturbed by the fact that Bodley talked other people into doing the same thing, and that he showed no remorse for his conduct.  In imposing the 78-month sentence, Judge Crabb told Bodley, "You are a financial danger to the community and have the capacity to inflict emotional damage on a lot of people."

The charges against Bodley were the result of an investigation conducted by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. Graber and Munish Sharda. 

Updated July 14, 2015