Mercer County man Jeffrey Reed convicted of retaliation against federal agent
Nearly $5 million in fraudulent lien filed in retaliation for one-time wage garnishment
BLUEFIELD, WV (STL.News) A Mercer County man was sentenced today to five years in federal prison for retaliating against a federal law enforcement officer by filing a fraudulent lien and attempting to interfere with the administration of internal revenue laws.
U.S. Senior District Judge David A. Faber Sentenced Jeffrey Roseau, 62, from Flat Top to five years for the retaliatory offense and three concurrent years for the attempted interference offense. The sentence will be followed by three years of probation.
A federal jury previously convicted Reed of both offenses following a two-day trial in August 2021. According to court records and trial evidence, Mr. Reed owed a large tax debt to the Treasury Department and Was employed by a hotel in Oak Hill Zone. In 2015, after letters sent to Reed by the IRS were returned or ignored, an IRS revenue officer took action to garnish part of Reed’s salary. When Reed learned of these efforts, he met with hotel managers and asked them not to comply with the IRS’ attempts to garnish his wages.
In retaliation for a single $598 wage garnishment, Reed filed a $4.95 million lien with the Mercer County Clerk directed against the revenue officer and hotel owner. Reed’s privilege claimed 165 constitutional violations, including unlawful search and seizure, war, treason, and slavery. Reed also sought to seize all real and personal property belonging to the revenue officer and hotel owner.
Reed further claimed that the revenue officer owed him an additional $9 million because his name had been copyrighted.
Treasury Department special agents testified at trial that they spoke to Reed in February 2020, when Reed admitted to filing the lien against the revenue officer. Reed further indicated that he filed the lien to hinder the collection of his salary.
The court called Reed a “paper terrorist”, concluding that his misconduct was “despicable” and “inexcusable” while citing deterrence as a factor in his sentencing.
United States Attorney William Thompson praised the excellent work of the revenue officer and Treasury Department officers who worked on the case. The United States Treasury Department’s Office of Investigations, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administrations (TIGTA), conducted the investigation with assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The suit has been expressly authorized by the United States Department of Justice, Tax Division. Assistant United States Attorneys Erik S. Goes and Ryan Blackwell prosecuted the case.
“Defendant attempted to unlawfully and illogically manipulate the legal process for his own personal gain, which will not be tolerated by this office,” Thompson said. “Criminals cannot be allowed to target other people, in this case a federal employee and a business owner, for following the law.”
THE SOURCE: USDOJ.Today