ATLANTA, Ga. (CW44 Information At 10)- Hakim Amal Archible has been sentenced for submitting false liens towards federal authorities officers, together with former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
“Harassing federal officers by way of the submitting of false liens is severe prison conduct,” mentioned U.S. Lawyer Kurt R. Erskine. “Congress enacted the retaliatory lien statute to deal with the issue of frivolous retaliatory liens, too typically utilized by tax defiers and sovereign residents to hinder the tax legal guidelines and harass authorities workers.”
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“TIGTA’s statutory mission consists of investigating people who intrude with the lawful assortment of taxes by submitting frivolous liens towards public officers,” mentioned J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector Normal for Tax Administration. “Makes an attempt to intrude with IRS workers engaged within the efficiency of their official duties shall be aggressively pursued. We recognize the efforts of the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace in working with TIGTA to guard the integrity of Federal tax administration.”
In response to U.S. Lawyer Erskine, the costs and different data offered in court docket: In 2014 and 2015, whereas imprisoned in Henry County, Georgia, for unrelated crimes, Archible filed or tried to file false liens towards the actual and private property of presidency officers. Particularly, the testimony confirmed that on October 22, 2014, the IRS issued a letter to Archible informing him that he can be topic to a $5,000 penalty for taking a frivolous place in his 2013 tax return. Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed false UCC lien paperwork within the Fayette County Clerk’s Workplace that named IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as debtor and listed himself because the secured celebration creditor. Within the paperwork, Archible indicated that Koskinen was liable for the $5,000 tax penalty. He additionally had the UCC submitting, and different IRS kinds, mailed on to the IRS.
On December 9, 2014, Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed UCC lien paperwork naming former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew because the debtor and himself because the secured celebration creditor. Whereas the collateral recognized for the lien is nonsensical, the outline of the topic actual property included, amongst different issues, a $100 billion chargeback order. On August 5, 2015, Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed one other false UCC lien towards Jacob Lew, which named Secretary Lew because the debtor and Archible because the secured celebration. The collateral for the lien included, amongst different issues, a $10 billion registered safety.
Along with the false liens filed towards the federal governmental officers, Archible additionally filed false liens towards native officers in Georgia, together with the Chief Choose of Henry County Superior Court docket, and the previous Clerk of Henry County Superior Court docket.
Witnesses testified that the lien filings are publicly accessible and will be accessed by way of an web search. A court docket order is required to take away the liens from the general public portal. The victims testified that they have been involved that these liens may have an effect on their credit score or their property and that they felt threatened and harassed by the conduct.
On July 2, 2021, a jury discovered Archible responsible of three counts of submitting and making an attempt to file false and retaliatory liens towards the actual and private property of sure workers of the federal authorities, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1521, and one depend of obstructing the due administration of the IRS, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7212.
Hakim Amal Archible, 38, of Hampton, Georgia, was sentenced November 16, 2021, by U.S. District Choose Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., to eight years, 9 months in jail to be adopted by three years of supervised launch.
This case was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Inspector Normal for Tax Administration.