A husband and wife in the U.S. face 20 years of prison time for tax evasion due on the many properties they hold. Before they were tripped up by the authorities, the colourful couple required that renters pay them in silver coins. The couple, who called themselves sovereign citizens while living in Alabama, also buried $350,000 worth of gold coins in their backyard.
First confronted by the Internal Revenue Service in 2006, the Ervins proclaimed that they weren’t subject to federal of state law. When the IRS started talking to people they knew, Monty Ervin allegedly sent correspondence to the IRS threatening a special agent with “jail time,” a “money penalty” and “dismissal from service.”