Randy Barker of Chico, California was convicted of committing nearly $1 million in income tax fraud on Thursday in the City of Sacramento. Barker belongs to a group called “Tax Challenger,” which is a group that holds taxation laws to be unconstitutional.
According to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner, Barker was able to obtain such a massive refund by falsely claiming more than $1.4 million in income for the tax year 2008, and then claimed that the same amount had been withheld in taxes when he filed his 2008 Federal income tax return. As a result, Barker received a refund of approximately $1 million.
Barker’s trial was held in Sacramento, and lasted for two days. Evidence produced indicated that Barker and his wife spend most of the refund within weeks. The couple also bought a house for $495,000. Barker now faces a likelihood of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 in fines in addition to having to repay the funds he received from the Internal Revenue Service as a result of his fraud.
Barker’s sentencing is expected to commence on May 1, 2013.