ATLANTA, Ga (CW44 News At 10) – Hakim Amal Archible has been convicted of filing false privileges against federal government officials, including former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and former US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew .
“Harassing federal officials by filing false privileges is serious criminal conduct,” said US Attorney Kurt R. Erskine. “Congress enacted the Retaliatory Privilege Act to address the problem of frivolous retaliatory privileges, too often used by tax defenders and sovereign citizens to obstruct tax laws and harass government employees. “
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“TIGTA’s statutory mission includes investigating those who interfere with the legal collection of taxes by filing frivolous liens against public officials,” said J. Russell George, Inspector General of the Treasury for Tax Administration. “Attempts to interfere with IRS employees engaged in the performance of their official duties will be aggressively pursued. We appreciate the efforts of the US Attorney’s Office in collaboration with TIGTA to protect the integrity of the federal tax administration.
According to U.S. Attorney Erskine, the charges and other information presented to the court: In 2014 and 2015, while jailed in Henry County, Georgia, for unrelated crimes, Archible filed or attempted to file false liens on the real and personal property of government officials. Specifically, testimony showed that on October 22, 2014, the IRS sent a letter to Archible advising it that it would face a penalty of $ 5,000 for taking a frivolous position in its tax return. 2013. Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed false UCC lien documents at the Fayette County Clerk’s Office who appointed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen as a debtor and registered as a secured creditor. In the documents, Archible said Koskinen was responsible for the $ 5,000 penalty tax. He also had the UCC filing and other IRS forms sent directly to the IRS.
On December 9, 2014, Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed UCC lien documents naming former US Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew as the debtor and himself as the secured creditor. While the collateral identified for the lien is absurd, the description of the property in question included, among other things, a $ 100 billion chargeback order. On August 5, 2015, Archible, aided and abetted by others, filed another UCC false lien against Jacob Lew, who named Secretary Lew as the debtor and Archible as the secured party. The lien guarantee included, among other things, a registered guarantee of $ 10 billion.
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In addition to the false privileges filed against federal officials, Archible also filed false privileges against local officials in Georgia, including the Chief Justice of the Henry County Superior Court and the former Clerk of the County Superior Court. by Henry.
Witnesses said the lien filings are publicly available and can be viewed by searching the Internet. A court order is required to remove the privileges from the public portal. Victims testified that they feared these privileges could affect their credit or property and that they felt threatened and harassed by the conduct.
On July 2, 2021, a jury found Archible guilty of three counts of filing and attempting to file false liens and retaliation against the property and personal property of certain federal government employees, in violation of 18 USC § 1521 , and one count of obstructing the proper administration of the IRS, in violation of 26 USC § 7212.
Hakim Amal Archible, 38, of Hampton, Ga., Was sentenced on November 16, 2021 by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr., to eight years and nine months in prison, followed by three years on probation.
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This matter was investigated by the US Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.