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Tax protester sentenced to prison for money order schemeOctober 10, 1996
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A leading anti-government tax protester with ties to the Montana Freemen was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday for operating a bogus money order scheme estimated at more than $60 million.
Gerald Joe Henson, who declared himself a "sovereign citizen of the Republic of Oklahoma," mailed some of the bogus money orders to the Internal Revenue Service as tax payments, and his followers mailed more than $2 million worth of the phony money orders to the IRS.
Officials say Henson declared himself the marshal of a "common law court" in Oklahoma, and had sometimes sported a marshal's badge. He had contact with members of the Montana Freemen whose leader, Leroy Schweitzer, is under federal indictment for similar activities in Montana.
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