And yet another person who thinks they’re a citizen of the “Kingdom of Heaven” has been indicted for income tax evasion. These idiots think that because they claim to be part of the kingdom of heaven, they are therefore not U.S. citizens and don’t have to pay taxes.
A Minnesota woman refused to pay income taxes for at least seven years by claiming she and her husband were not U.S. citizens but permanent residents of the “Kingdom of Heaven,” prosecutors said.
Tami M. May, of Anoka, was charged with obstruction of due administration of IRS laws and 15 counts of filing false tax returns…
Investigators said Tami May subsequently made numerous “obstructive and fraudulent filings with the IRS including filing frivolous ‘zero income tax returns.’ ”
She also cited their supposed citizenship of the “Kingdom of Heaven” in an attempt to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars in income tax refunds, authorities said.Their claims match arguments cited by members of the Embassy of Heaven sovereign citizens group, which issues passports, driver’s licenses, and license plates by claiming to be a religious organization that cannot be regulated.
The group is led by Craig Douglas Fleshman, a former Oregon state computer systems analyst who goes by the name “Pastor Paul Revere,” and claims that its followers are not subject to government jurisdiction because their allegiance rests with Jesus Christ.
“They are subjects of Christ, not any worldly government,” explained Carl Watner in a 1994 post on the Voluntaryist website. “The church’s position is that you are the final authority on where you reside and where you put your allegiance. No state can decide this for you, unless you let them.”
Kent Hovind is at least loosely affiliated with this group through Glen Stoll, who is an attorney that works with these folks and worked with him as well. There’s some serious delusion going on here.