A Belleville man has been convicted in federal court of failing to file income tax returns. Destry Marcotte, 47, was found guilty following a two-day bench trial. He could receive up to 20 years behind bars.
According to prosecutors, Marcotte, who claims to be a "sovereign citizen", had filed several false returns over recent years that claimed refunds. In addition, Marcotte did not pay federal income taxes.
Sovereign citizens are people who reject the authority of the U.S. government and claim that they are, essentially, not a citizen of any country. The Federal Bureau of Investigation considers members of the sovereign citizens movement to be domestic terrorists.