By Associated Press • 

Oregon pastor, wife convicted in tax fraud case

EUGENE — An Oregon pastor and his wife have been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government after declining to pay taxes for many years.

A federal jury returned the verdict Thursday against Ronald and Dorothea Joling of Coquille, who prosecutors say owe the government more than $1 million in back taxes and penalties. They are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 11.

Ronald Joling, 71, testified during the six-day trial that he stopped paying income taxes in the early 1990s after years of study led him to conclude that tax laws do not apply to him. He and his wife at one point tried to revoke their U.S. citizenship and have been associated with the “sovereign citizen” movement.

Joling's attorney told the jury his client did not willingly break the law but instead acted in “good faith” when he stopped filing tax returns.

Dorothea Joling's defense was that she had no say in the decision to stop paying taxes. Her attorney said that she took a marriage vow to serve as an obedient wife and that her husband makes the major decisions.

The jury acquitted her on a separate charge of tax evasion while convicting her husband of that crime.

Prosecutors said the couple intentionally broke the law because they disagree with it and kept their money in order to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on property purchases. The Jolings own multiple properties in Coos and Linn counties, including a motel and a diner, The Register-Guard newspaper reported.

Prosecutors said the Jolings used several schemes to hide their assets from authorities, including setting up trusts into which they transferred property titles; opening and using bank accounts in those trusts’ names; filing a bankruptcy petition to stop collection efforts; and depositing more than $110,000 into a “warehouse bank” in an attempt to hide the money.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

Comments

patcrafton

Paying Taxes to Caesar
…16They brought one. And He said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" And they said to Him, "Caesar's." 17And Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.

As a Man of God he defaulted his spiritual duties. Just because a man claims to be right righteous, does not make it so,

I Am Darren Wilson

Obama needs those tax dollars to support the millions of illegals that he's invited to come stay. What ya gonna do though? You've got to plant those democratic seeds.

MrsBike

I never realized that WILSON was a Native American name.

I Am Darren Wilson

You also don't know anything about the supporters of Officer Darren Wilson.

Mudstump

Another religious nut scamming the system. We will pY more because these so-called Christians use their religion to screw over the rest of us.

Mudstump

I am Darren Wilson:

I need those tax dollars so I don't have to pay foe the lack of taxes the churches pay. Talk about shifting their burden to the taxpayer...churches and the religious extremists make us all pay more because of their free ride on the taxpayer dime.

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