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2008 Tax Offender of the Year Gets Four More Years

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Robert Beale won the coveted Tax Offender of the Year award for 2008. Mr. Beale was being tried for tax evasion and he came up with what is clearly a Bozo idea: arresting the judge. After his conviction on tax evasion (he received 11 years at ClubFed for that), he was convicted last October for conspiracy to impede an officer and for obstruction of justice.

Yesterday, Judge Rodney Webb sentenced Mr. Beale to four additional years at ClubFed. Mr. Beale will be at ClubFed until 2023. Of course, when you are taped stating, “God wants me to destroy the judge. That judge is evil. He wants me to get rid of her,” it’s tough to have much of a defense.

Joe Kristan has more.

2008 Tax Offender of the Year

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

There are all sorts of awards given, but the award I give is special. To be considered for the Tax Offender of the Year award, you must do more than cheat on your taxes. It has to be special; it really needs to be a Bozo-like action or actions.

There were several worthy nominations who just missed the cut. The Orange County Great Park Board for wasting nearly all of the nearly $200 million they received to fund the Great Park. Yet the Great Park Board hasn’t violated any laws; they’re just acting like many governmental entities.

Another government nominee was the legislature and the governor of California. Revenues into the Bronze Golden State have increased since 2000 yet California faces a $15 – $20 billion budget deficit. They have “balanced” recent budgets solely by accounting gimmicks. The day of reckoning has arrived but both the Democrats and Republicans refuse to compromise. This is another deserving nominee yet there’s the same problem as with the Great Park. They’re acting like Bozos, but they haven’t violated any laws.

Coming in just out of the money for this year’s prize is Randy Nowak of Tampa, Florida. Mr. Nowak was facing an IRS audit and it wasn’t going well. So he hired a hit man. Of course, assuming the unlucky IRS auditor died the IRS would just assign another Revenue Agent to the case. Mr. Nowak will likely spend several years at ClubFed (and pay the tax, penalties, and interest). This was truly Bozo.

Yet Mr. Nowak’s case falls just a little short of this year’s winner. For that, we must head to Maple Grove, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities. Robert Beale founded a company that became Comtrol Corporation in 1982. Comtrol specializes in computer connectivity products. Mr. Beale, as CEO, earned a respectable $700,000 salary. But Mr. Beale had different ideas than most of us about income taxes.

He became a member of the tax protester movement, arguing one of the numerous schemes (all of which have been thrown out by the courts) that you don’t have to pay income taxes. Mr. Beale became a follower of Irwin Schiff. Mr. Schiff claimed that no one had to pay income taxes. Mr. Schiff is now serving a 13-year sentence for following his own advice. (Hint: You do have to pay income taxes.)

Mr. Beale directed the bookkeeper at his company to first not withhold taxes on the $700,000 and then to pay him through an offshore shell company. He began to file statements with the IRS claiming he didn’t have to pay income taxes. In January 2006 he was indicted for tax evasion. Now, if you were indicted for tax evasion you’d get a good attorney, perhaps talk settlement with the IRS, and you’d certainly start planning your defense.

Not Mr. Beale. When his case was called for trial in August 2006 Mr. Beale was nowhere to be found. Mr. Beale told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he resided with friends during his fourteen months of being a fugitive. He went to Orlando and made the “dumb mistake” of using the same cellphone for eleven months to call his wife. He was arrested in November 2007 in Orlando.

His case finally came to trial this past April. Again, if you’re facing tax evasion and unlawful flight charges it’s time to hire a good attorney. Not Mr. Beale. He represented himself during his trial. But there’s more, and now we get to the truly Bozo aspect of this case.

Mr. Beale and three confederates decide to arrest the judge. No, I’m not making this up. As Joe Kristan noted (quoting,

Robert Beale, 65, was charged Monday in federal court with one count of conspiracy to impede an officer and one count of obstruction of justice. Also indicted on the same charges were Frederick Bond, 62, of Champlin; John Pelton, 67, of Stillwater; and Norman Pool, 43, of Blaine.

“God wants me to destroy the judge,” Beale is accused of saying in court records…

The men issued fake warrants for Montgomery’s arrest, filed fraudulent liens, planned to disrupt court proceedings and planned to arrest Montgomery. The plans were concocted at meetings of their “common law court” in Little Canada and in phone calls from Beale, after he was jailed.

Going after a federal judge is an excellent way to make sure that you reside in ClubFed for a long, long time. And using prison telephones to threaten a judge is really Bozo given that calls are routinely monitored.

Meanwhile, the trial of Mr. Beale on tax evasion charges moved forward. The trial took eight days but the jury needed only two hours to convict Mr. Beale on all five tax evasion charges and the count of unlawful flight. Mr. Beale, in closing arguments, apparently recognized the futility of his case, noting, “[the trial was] such a waste of time and resources because of my beliefs.”

Mr. Beale received 11 years at ClubFed for these convictions. When sentenced, he told Judge Ann Montgomery, “I do not consent to incarceration, fine or supervised release…I have not committed a crime.” No matter, he’ll still be spending the time at ClubFed.

In October Mr. Beale was found guilty of conspiracy to impede an officer and obstruction of justice for his attempt to arrest the judge. He’s still awaiting sentencing on those charges.

All-in-all Mr. Beale is a worthy winner. He joins our two prior winners: Sharon Lee Caulder, a voodoo priestess, won in 2005 and Gene Haas, a businessman who decided to get back at the government after he lost a patent case by committing tax fraud, the 2007 winner.

What will 2009 bring? I’m always hopeful that I’ll be able to say that no one rose to the heights necessary to win this award. Based on past history that’s very, very unlikely to be the case.

Self-Arrested Behavior

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

I’ve reported on occasion on Robert Beale. Mr. Beale was tried on tax evasion charges, but attempted to arrest the judge.

That last tactic—attempting to intimidate the judge—didn’t work out. He received 11 years at ClubFed when he was sentenced last month. It got worse earlier this week when he was convicted of conspiracy to impede an officer and obstruction of justice.

Joe Kristan has more.

Beale Doesn’t Recognize the Court, But the Court Sends Him Away Anyway

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

If you want to get on the bad side of a judge a very good way to do so is to file fake warrants and fraudulent leans and attempt to “arrest” the judge. It’s an especially Bozo thing to do when you’re going to be sentenced by that judge.

Never underestimate the stupidity of some of the tax protesters. Indeed, Robert Beale did all of those things as I wrote earlier. Today, when he was sentenced by Judge Ann Montgomery, he told the Court, “I do not consent to incarceration, fine or supervised release…,” he said. “I have not committed a crime.” Unfortunately for Mr. Beale, the judge and jury felt quite differently. And his remarks probably reinforced Judge Montgomery’s bad impression of him. He’ll have 11 years at ClubFed of nonconsensual incarceration. Additionally, he’s still facing charges over his attempt to sentence Judge Montgomery.

Joe Kristan has more.

You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Robert Beale is the former CEO of a computer parts company. He believed that God, the US Constitution, and ‘tyrannical political societies’ were good reasons not to pay taxes. Tax authorities begged to differ, and alleged that he hid his salary from taxes by calling himself a “consultant.” He was arrested on five counts of tax evasion (allegedly evading taxes on $5.6 million) and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States. He was released on bail with a trial date set in Minneapolis for August 2006. The trial, though, didn’t occur because of a difficulty: The accused didn’t show up. When that happened he became a fugitive.

The US Marshal’s Service tracked him down in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Beale was carrying a false passport and other phony identification. He’s had one count of failure to appear for his trial added to the list of charges he faces. He’ll have a bail hearing soon, though I suspect that the chance that he gets bail is zero. Eventually, he’ll find his way back to Minneapolis for trial. An associate has already been tried an sentenced to 43 months at ClubFed for tax evasion and aiding and abetting Mr. Beale; Mr. Beale is likely looking at a lengthy stay at ClubFed if convicted on the charges.

News Story: MSNBC