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Tax Evasion: 'Mark of the Beast' Belief Doesn't Save Man From Conviction

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A man who thought Social Security numbers are a "mark of the beast" has been convicted of tax evasion after not filing for 20 years. (Sparkia/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 09 Mar 2017 06:20 AM

A man who equated using a Social Security number with the biblical “mark of the beast” was convicted of tax evasion in federal court Tuesday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, after he failed to file tax returns for 20 years.

James Schlosser of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, didn’t file taxes from 1994 to 2014 and failed to report $2.3 million in income from his job as a medical equipment salesman during that time, according to The Associated Press.

Schlosser, who is 59, tried to hide his income by using foreign business trusts and corporations registered in Nevada, the AP reported. Schlosser also bought gold coins and converted them to cash in an attempt to hide the money from the government, according to PennLive.

Testifying in his own defense, Schlosser said he believed using a Social Security number represented the “mark of the beast” referenced in Revelation in the Bible. Believers who submitted to having the mark placed on their bodies to allow them to buy and sell would be condemned to hell, according to Revelation.

“The legality of our income tax laws has been challenged time and time again and the courts have consistently upheld these laws. ... People who willfully defy the tax laws will be fully investigated, prosecuted, and subjected to the full punishment of the law for their actions," said Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Gregory Floyd in a news release.

Schlosser will be sentenced for his tax evasion in June. He faces up to five years in prison and $450,000 in fines, the AP reported.

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A man who equated using a Social Security number with the biblical "mark of the beast" was convicted of tax evasion in federal court Tuesday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, after he failed to file tax returns for 20 years.
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