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Dad and his daughter got millions from IRS after claiming to win lottery, authorities say

Dec 17, 2019, 10:14 am

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A Florida father and daughter claimed the government owed them $175 million in tax refunds on their lottery winnings. The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.

Now, the Broward County pair, who say they're "aboriginal indigenous Moorish Americans" immune to government authority, are on trial in a Palm Beach federal courtroom accused of tax fraud.

Court documents allege that Danielle Takeila Edmonson, 35, of Boynton, and Kenneth Roger Edmonson, 51, of Oakland Park, began filing a series of bogus tax returns in 2015.

That year, prosecutors allege, Danielle Edmonson claimed an unspecified amount of lottery winnings, and managed to get the IRS to pay her $239,700. With her allegedly ill-gotten refunds, Danielle Edmonson bought a BMW and took out $60,000 from the bank in cash.

The following year, the woman — who court filings describe as a master's in business graduate — decided to ask the IRS to pay her over $80 million in returns on over $141 million of supposed income.

"Your demand has no legal validity and is not payable through any federal agency," the IRS replied in a letter quoted in court documents. "Your scheme appears to be akin to a fraud."

But the revenue service's remonstrance didn't slow Dainelle Edmonson. The following year, 2016, she got almost $2.5 million out of the agency in what prosecutors allege are fraudulent filings. And the following year, 2017, she asked for $9 million.

Court documents explain that the IRS paid her father three quarters of a million dollars in 2018 in what prosecutors allege was a similar scheme.

Agents for the IRS raided Kenneth Edmonson's home in March 2018, but the raid did not apparently keep him from filing a second fraudulent amended return soon after, according to the allegations in court documents.

Court filings made by Danielle Edmonson after her March 2019 arrest give a hint as to the duo's possible motivations.

"I am an aboriginal indigenous Moorish American national," she wrote in a handwritten motion from jail demanding hundreds of millions of dollars from the government as restitution for her allegedly unjust imprisonment.

Identifying herself as Moorish Sovereign Citizen in the filings, Danielle Edmonson demanded her immediate release and claimed "nothing stands between myself and the creator."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal nonprofit that tracks American extremist groups, describes Moorish Sovereign Citizens as a small sect that believes "African Americans constitute an elite class within American society with special rights and privileges that convey on them a sovereign immunity placing them beyond federal and state authority."

A website for a New York group apparently affiliated with the movement lays out the group's beliefs: "Governments are corporations / companies that have no 'authority' over natural flesh and blood beings," the website claims.

Federal courts have repeatedly rejected claims of immunity made by sovereign citizens.

Kenneth Edmonson's belief in his own "sovereign immunity" has already brought him into conflict with U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg.

The fez-wearing man was held in contempt of court on Monday morning, and he and his daughter listened in to jury selection by video conference after being removed from the courtroom by U.S. Marshals.

If convicted, the father-daughter pair face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison each for mail fraud, and five years in prison for lying on government filings.

Opening arguments in the jury trial are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and the trial is expected to last three days.

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Posted: December 17, 2019, 10:31 am - IP Logged

and so it begins...

 * Voice of Reason *   

 

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    Posted: December 17, 2019, 10:44 am - IP Logged

    😂🤣🤣🤣

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      Like most sovereign citizen groups, Moorish sovereign ideology breeds anti-government, anti-law enforcement sentiment through its radical ideology which can inspire members to intimidate, threaten, and harass government officials and law enforcement officers. Moorish sovereigns are also known to produce fraudulent legal documents which they use against perceived enemies: especially publically elected officials they view as corrupt. Several recent incidents highlight Moorish sovereigns' propensity for violence and criminal activity.

      https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/group/moorish-sovereign-citizens

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      Catch-22: A dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.

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        Posted: December 17, 2019, 1:06 pm - IP Logged

        UH!

        OH!

        Hit With Stick

        dpoly1 - Playing the lottery to save the jobs of those that build, transport, sell & maintain luxury items! -

         

        Eschew Poverty ........... Vote Conservative!

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          Ahhhhhhhhhhh yesssssssssssss, the sovereign citizens arise once again. I remember arresting the 1st one of those wonderful folks that I ever dealt with back in the mid 80's.He claimed he didn't have to register his vehicle or have a drivers license,as they were both were within his rights that were given by the U.S. Constitution. He was promptly provided a new pair of bracelets, issued 2 invitations to the district court and given a non-constitutional towing bill.....................................................Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

          Integrity: There is just no substitute.

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            Life, love, family Love

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              Posted: December 17, 2019, 8:12 pm - IP Logged

              The IRS paid them $3.4 million before the agency realized the pair had never purchased a winning ticket, prosecutors say.

              Maybe I did it wrong for many years, but any refund was based on the amount withheld minus the amount of the tax rate. I guess if I hadn't included my W-2s, I could exaggerate the with holdings hoping nobody at the IRS noticed, but I didn't want to spend 20 years in Federal prison.

              Do people like the aboriginal indigenous Moorish American nationals denounce their U.S. Citizenship?

              Just wondering.

              Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again

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                Posted: December 18, 2019, 12:30 am - IP Logged

                Ahhhhhhhhhhh yesssssssssssss, the sovereign citizens arise once again. I remember arresting the 1st one of those wonderful folks that I ever dealt with back in the mid 80's.He claimed he didn't have to register his vehicle or have a drivers license,as they were both were within his rights that were given by the U.S. Constitution. He was promptly provided a new pair of bracelets, issued 2 invitations to the district court and given a non-constitutional towing bill.....................................................Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

                I have a relative in law enforcement and boy does he have some of the craziest and grossest work stories. Scared 

                What kind of logic is it to believe you aren't obligated to pay taxes but you can accept a tax refund?

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                  Obviously, not an admirable, but they did bust a 'cute' moveWink

                  Nevertheless, can't go anywhere they will have to owe up in more ways then $$$$

                  Career Crime, just doesn't pay in long term

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                    Posted: December 18, 2019, 10:52 am - IP Logged

                    The irs should be charged for mismanagement.  Seriously....opps! Where did I send that 300,000$ refund! Is no one  watching the register?  I worry if I miscalculated my tax form ...but to deliberately falsify then defend based on the lie. Wow....just wow. 

                    Did it say that they will have to pay back the funds?

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                      Posted: December 18, 2019, 7:20 pm - IP Logged

                      Who's the dumb one here.....Florida?  These people may be stupid for doing this but who let it slip past them before realizing their mistake??

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                        Posted: December 20, 2019, 12:40 am - IP Logged

                        Just wonder what smarty father/daughter (Bonnie & Clyde) Exit B plan was to escape the long arm and fleet foot of the U.S.revenooer  man

                        With mucho dinero; be welcomed in most banana republics....

                        While on the run, might have to trade wearing such a distinctive Moroccan Fez head gear for a hide and seek Sombrero with Sunglasses Wink

                        Better,for them, that they should up and pay the man the $2.

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                          Posted: December 20, 2019, 12:12 pm - IP Logged

                          i asked the same question. Now the irs years past sent me a notice stating I owed $83.32 due to a miscalculation.  Now these people scammed the irs for millions for yeeeeears and it took yeeeears to catch the. Unreal unreal 

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                            i asked the same question. Now the irs years past sent me a notice stating I owed $83.32 due to a miscalculation.  Now these people scammed the irs for millions for yeeeeears and it took yeeeears to catch the. Unreal unreal 

                            You're lucky they didn't wait two or three years and notify you after they compounded the interest, penalties, and late charges.

                            Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again