James R. Beck, of Soldotna, Alaska, was convicted in October 2014 on seven counts of committing various federal tax crimes. Beck, 60, was a pipeline technician for Alyeska Pipeline service Co. and claimed that the state and federal laws did not apply to him. In court, Beck argued that taxation was immoral and unfair, and that he simply refused to submit to it anymore.
Evidence showed that, beginning in 2006, Beck either falsified his taxes or did not file a tax return. Additional evidence showed Beck had contributed more than $140,000 to a retirement plan, had large investment accounts, and had purchased over $400,000 in gold and silver bullion.
The U.S. District court of Anchorage sentenced Beck to 16 months in prison, followed by another year of supervised release. According to U.S. Attorney for Alaska Karen Loeffler, Beck is also required to pay a $10,000 fine plus another $113,000 in back taxes owed, and must also cover $17,000 in costs associated with his prosecution.