O'Fallon, IL tax protester gets 27 months in prison - KMOV.com

O'Fallon, IL tax protester gets 27 months in prison

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois tax protestor who repeatedly has sued the Internal Revenue Service has been ordered to spend more than two years in prison for refusing to pay years of income taxes.
  
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 73-year-old self-employed court reporter Kennedy Russell Sr. of O'Fallon also was sentenced Friday in federal court in East St. Louis to pay $109,000 in back taxes.
  
Jurors convicted him in April of five counts alleging he failed to file income tax returns for 2004 through 2008.
  
In a 2009 opinion upholding the dismissal of one of his suits against the IRS, a Chicago-based federal appeals court ruled that Russell "devotes his brief to rehashing the same tired arguments" that he's not a taxpayer and that the IRS overstepped.

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