Deerfield man who attempted to evade $174K in taxes asked IRS to pay $10M for damages

Deerfield man who attempted to evade $174K in taxes asked IRS to pay $10M for damages
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A Deerfield man who attempted to avoid nearly $178,500 in taxes because he believed the taxes were illegal and was also in possession of a submachine gun as a convicted felon, was sentenced to 23 months in prison Friday, according to a release from the Department of Justice.

Shawn Bierd, 48, was charged with attempting to evade the payment and collection of the employment taxes by moving his assets into the names of nominees, including his mother.

He is also suspected of frivolous correspondence to the IRS claiming he was exempt from taxation and demanded that the IRS pay him $10,000,000 for damages due to the IRS’s collection actions, according to the release.

After being previously convicted of a felony offense, Bierd possessed a 9mm Baretta and a .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun, officials said.

Bierd was sentenced to 23 months in prison for tax evasion and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, according to the release.

At the sentencing hearing, Bierd admitted that he had evaded nearly $178,500 in employment taxes based on his beliefs that the tax laws were not legal. The judge explained to Bierd that his views of the tax laws were incorrect, and that Bierd had to now face the consequences of his decision not to pay his taxes, officials said.

The charges against Bierd are the result of an investigation conducted by the Madison office of IRS Criminal Investigation, according to the release.

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