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Tax protester admits to filing false tax returns

Published On: Nov 02 2012 09:15:52 AM CDT
COEUR D' ALENE, Idaho -

 A tax protester from north central Idaho has pleaded guilty in federal court to fraudulently receiving more than $85,000 from the Internal Revenue Service during an eight-year period.

Federal prosecutors said Gary Raymond Harvey, 71, of Peck entered the pleas after three days of trial. Harvey pleaded guilty to 10 counts of making a false claim for a refund from the IRS.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Harvey created and filed tax returns for The Organic Assembly of Circle JB. Harvey claimed the organization was entitled to tax refunds ranging from $8,800 to $54,000 in the tax years of 2002 through 2010.

On the stand, Harvey admitted he was not entitled to the refunds and to filing false tax forms.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Jan. 14.

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