Tax Protestor from Oregon Sent to Prison

An Oregon tax protestor was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

Randall Blair Johnson, 54, of Sisters, Ore., also was ordered to pay $260,536 in restitution to the IRS and a $50,000 fine after a jury found him guilty of three counts of income tax evasion, three counts of willful failure to file tax returns and one count of witness tampering.

“The defendant mouthed protest rhetoric, but his real motivation was greed. His sentence shows what happens when someone tries to defy the tax code,” U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall said in a statement.

According to court records, Johnson was a real estate agent and part owner of TR Hunter Real Estate in Florence, Ore. Johnson’s primary sources of income were from sales of real estate, commissions and the 2005 sale of TR Hunter Real Estate. The indictment alleged that Johnson did not file  returns for 2002 through 2005, despite being required by law to do so.

The evidence at the trial proved that Johnson filed federal income tax returns for nearly 30 years. Then, in 2002, he fired his accountant, stopped filing returns, stopped paying income tax, and started sending frivolous tax protestor materials to the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue.

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