The New Hampshire Free Press
October 29, 2010
Jailed Tax Protester Richard Simkanin died in prison at 12:43 yesterday. I spoke with Simakin’s friend, Daniel Schinzing of Keene, TX, who said that Simkanin had been experiencing weakness, chest pain, and had a large lump on his chest. News of Simkanin’s death was not a surprise, given his condition. He was 67 years old at the time of his death.
Simkanin had been released from prison earlier this year, but jailed again after claims of violation of his terms of release. He had served seven years in federal prison after refusing to withhold taxes from his employees at his Bedford, TX plastics business. He had been sentenced to an additional 7 years after his alleged violation of terms of release.
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Richard’s story, according to http://www.dicksimkanin.com/
“Dick Simkanin stood up for America, for all American workers and for all American Business owners when he decided in 2000 that his company was no longer going to participate in the withholding racquet alledged forced and demanded by law from Congress. Dick had spent 6 years researching American history and foundational principles. Ultimately he was spiritually convicted that he had no business being an unpaid bookkeeper for the Federal government, therefore, he had to give his workers 100% of their pay. How American of him! Thank God for Dicks’ courage as it has cost him everything.
Ultimately, Dick was indicted after the government tried three times to no avail. A Grand Jury indicted him in June 2003, he was arrested and the criminal legal battle was on!
We have also been following the case of Dick Simkanin, the owner of Arrow Custom Plastics located in Bedford, Texas, who, in 2000 stopped withholding income related taxes from the paychecks of his employees after receiving no answers from the IRS and his elected representatives to his questions about any law that required him to withhold.
Neither the 2001, nor the 2002 grand juries would indict Simkanin for failure to withhold and turn over the tax. However, after the DOJ prevented Simkanin from appearing before the 2003 grand jury, this grand jury indicted him.
Following a hearing before a Magistrate Judge, Simkanin was released, without bail, on his own recognizance.
Days later, federal district court Judge John McBryde, accepting hearsay over direct evidence, ruled that Simkanin was a flight risk and a threat to society. Judge McBryde overruled the Magistrate Judge, ordering Simkanin jailed pending his trial which is currently scheduled for October 6th. Mr. Simkanin has been a federal prisoner for eleven weeks.
Simkanin’s defense rested on the fact that he has committed no crime, that there is no law that required him to withhold.
We believe this is a very courageous move by Simkanin. We believe he should have beeb acquitted. However, Dick Simkanin wanted the jury to reach the question of his guilt or innocence based on the material question of fact – is there a U.S. law that requires employers to withhold?”