Eddie Ray Kahn

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Eddie Ray Kahn is an American tax protester.[1] Kahn is currently in prison for tax crimes, with a tentative release date of 2026.[2][3] Kahn founded the group American Rights Litigators and ran the for-profit businesses "Guiding Light of God Ministries" and "Eddie Kahn and Associates." According to the U.S. Justice Department, all three organizations are or were illegal tax evasion operations.[4]

On October 12, 2006, Kahn was charged, with actor Wesley Snipes and Douglas P. Rosile,[5] with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States under 18 U.S.C. § 371,[6] and one count of making or aiding and abetting the making of a false and fraudulent claim for payment against the United States, under 18 U.S.C. § 287 and 18 U.S.C. § 2.[7]

Kahn went to Panama after the 2006 indictment, but was arrested and returned to the United States for the trial. During much of the trial, Kahn remained in his jail cell, refusing to participate and claiming that the court had no jurisdiction.[3] News reports indicated that Kahn "has no legal training but insists on representing himself and has made several missteps and peculiar motions. For example, he sought to be immediately freed because the indictment lists his name in all capital letters, and he claimed U.S. attorneys have no jurisdiction because Florida supposedly was never ceded to the federal government".[8] These motions were denied.[9]

On February 1, 2008, Kahn was found guilty on the charge of conspiracy to defraud the government and on the charge of making or aiding and abetting in the filing of a false claim.[10] Wesley Snipes was found guilty on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file Federal income tax returns. Douglas P. Rosile was convicted on the conspiracy and false claim charges.[11][12]

On April 24, 2008, Kahn was sentenced to ten years in prison.[13]

Although already in prison, Kahn was indicted with four other persons on September 3, 2008, on charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. The indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C. The indictment charges that Kahn conspired to sell schemes based on deliberate misrepresentations of the legal basis of the U.S. tax system.[14]

On May 26, 2010, Kahn was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit mail fraud as well as one count of mail fraud,[15] in connection with the sale of worthless "bills of exchange" for the purpose of impeding the Internal Revenue Service and promoting other schemes to orchestrate tax fraud. Kahn was accused of manufacturing over $1 billion in fictitious financial instruments purporting to be drawn on the U.S. Treasury. Others found guilty in the affair were Stephen C. Hunter, Danny True and Allan J. Tanguay. On August 30, 2010, Kahn was sentenced to twenty years in prison on these convictions.[16]

Eddie Kahn is incarcerated at the Rivers Correctional Institute, a federal facility at Winton, North Carolina. As a result of his latest convictions, his scheduled release date was changed from July 18, 2015 to April 21, 2026.[2] Douglas Rosile was incarcerated at the Federal Community Corrections Office at Cincinnati, Ohio, and was released on June 1, 2012.[17]


  1. ^ Up against the IRS, Snipes surrenders - Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ a b See generally inmate number 18325-008, Federal Bureau of Prisons, United States Department of Justice, at [1].
  3. ^ a b David Cay Johnston, "Snipes Is Acquitted of Tax Felonies," New York Times, Feb. 1, 2008, at [2].
  4. ^ WWW.USDOJ.GOV US Department of Justice News Release JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILES SUIT TO STOP ALLEGED NATIONWIDE TAX SCAM - Florida Man Sells Counterfeit Checks And Other Scams With Help From Florida Lawyer And Texas Accountant published December 8, 2003
  5. ^ According to the Court docket, the original indictment apparently had been handed down on April 5, 2006, but had been sealed.
  6. ^ Where the victim is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the purpose is to defeat the lawful functioning of the IRS, a section 371 conspiracy is called a "Klein conspiracy," after the case of United States v. Klein, 247 F.2d 908 (2d Cir. 1957), 57-2 U.S. Tax Cas. (CCH) paragr. 9912, cert. denied, 355 U.S. 924 (1958).
  7. ^ Findlaw
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-25. Retrieved 2008-01-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ Stakes high for Snipes in Florida tax fraud case, MSNBC, January 13, 2008.
  10. ^ "Snipes acquitted of tax-fraud and conspiracy charges," Associated Press, published on CNN, Feb. 1, 2008, at "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2016-02-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Wesley Snipes acquitted of federal tax fraud," MSNBC, Feb. 1, 2008, at [3].
  12. ^ Snipes acquitted of tax-fraud, conspiracy Archived June 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, Associated Press, as reported by CNN, February 1, 2006.
  13. ^ Stephen Hudak, April 24, 2008, "Wesley Snipes sentenced to three years in federal tax case," Orlando Sentinel, at [4] Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ News Release, "Five Promoters of Tax Defiance Scheme Indicted for Tax Fraud," Sept. 10, 2008, U.S. Dep't of Justice, at [5].
  15. ^ Four Florida Promoters of Tax Defier Schemes Convicted of Tax and Mail Fraud
  16. ^ "Jail for 4 who aided tax evasion," Aug. 30, 2010, Washington Post, at [6].
  17. ^ Inmate number 43347-018, Federal Bureau of Prisons, United States Department of Justice, at [7].

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