March 7, 2009
Federal agents swarmed into a local business and home early Thursday morning.
Several men are facing charges ranging from owning machine guns to evading taxes.
One of the raids forced a school into lockdown.
One of the suspects appeared in court shortly after his arrest, and that’s when things got even more interesting.
Armored personnel carriers, federal agents wearing tactical gear, blanketing a Northwest Las Vegas neighborhood early Thursday morning.
It’s little wonder J Suson tried rubbng the sleep from his eyes a second time.
“I thought I was dreaming,” he says.
But J wasn’t, so he grabbed his camera, and an earful.
“Basically, [they were saying] we’ve got a search warrant, we need you to come out, a whole bunch of undercover FBI people everywhere,” he says.
Agents arrested four people, Jan Allen Lindsey, a possible former special investigator for the same bureau, but openly outspoken against the government’s collection of taxes.
“In the internal revenue code 26, there’s nothing specific in there,” he said in a documentary about taxes.
The IRS begs to differ.
Action news has obtained the indictment against Lindsey.
It alleges that from 1999 through 2006, he either didn’t pay his income tax, or filed false forms.
The indictment also alleges Lindsey essentially tried to dupe the government by placing assets in third party names.
Agents raided a business as well.
All of their weaponry and armor was because at least one of the other suspects faces a federal firearms charge.
Agents also confiscated ammunition and reloading equipment from the home. The other two suspects face money laundering charges.
Lindsey was set to be arraigned Thursday, but would not allow a public defender to represent him.
He also said he refused to observe the judge’s authority.
The arraignment had to be continued.
According to other documents obtained by Action News, Lindsey tried to sue the government in 2002 for seizing his property because he didn’t pay taxes.
A judge threw it out, and ordered him to pay more than $1200 for a quote- “frivilous complaint.”
Some of the four men arrested during a series of raids Thursday by federal agents appeared in court Friday.
The FBI raided a Las Vegas business Thursday because after hours it was the meeting place of the People’s Sovereign Court, a libertarian social organization with what some might call extreme anti-government views.
Its leader is Sam Davis whose name is on one of the Grand Jury indictments.
He’s accused of laundering more than $500,000 that undercover agents said had been stolen from Wachovia.
Jan Lindsey is a former FBI agent himself who is featured in a documentary titled, “Freedom to Fascism”.
It chronicles the legal battles of people who refused to pay their taxes.
Lindsey was in court Thursday, refusing to acknowledge the judge’s jurisdiction.
“I want to make sure that you understand what the government says you did wrong. Whether your agree with it or not is for future litigation. You understand that sir,” asked the judge.
“What the government says I did wrong,” asked Lindsey.
“Yes, sir,” replied the judge.
Two other men were arrested in the FBI raids.
Shawn Rice, accused in the indictment of laundering money also, by claiming to be a Rabbi, and taking the deposits as charitable contributions.
Harold Call was arrested on five counts of possessing machine guns and converting single-fire weapons illegally to automatic weapons.
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