A federal jury in Corpus Christi, Texas, found a tax protestor guilty of four counts of tax evasion from 2000 to 2004.The investigation of Dale F. Chastain began with an anonymous letter to IRS claiming the chemical company employee bragged to co-workers that he did not pay income taxes.
Chastain did not file income tax returns for the years 2000 to 2003 and fraudulently claimed an “exempt” status to his empoloyer. In fact, Chastain was a tax protestor. Beginning in 1999, Chastain sent hundreds of letters to tax officials and members of Congress frivolously claiming not to be subject to United States tax laws on a variety of grounds, including being a “nonresident alien” for tax purposes.
Chastain faces up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and up to three years of supervised release on each count of conviction.
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