NATURE OF THE OFFENSEFerdig claims on his Unity in the Pines web site here that:
4. Defendant understands that for defendant to be guilty of attempting to evade and defeat income tax, in violation of Title United States Code, Section 7201, defendant must have willfully attempted to evade or defeat the assessment and payment of a tax due and owing with respect to income received by defendant during the year 2002 by, among other things, committing an affirmative act of evasion. Defendant admits that during the year 2002, defendant knowingly received income from Tradex, a business that defendant operated and failed to report that income. Defendant admits that his failure to report income resulted in a tax due and owing to the Internal Revenue Service. Defendant acted with the specific intent to violate the law. Defendant admits that defendant is, in fact, guilty of this offense as described in the first superseding information.
Art is an Author, Teacher, Student as well as many other things. He has published many books as well as e-books, booklets and other informative pamphlets.I guess his search for truth did not extend to taxes (or perhaps the investors in the Ponzi scheme). But still, perhaps he will change his web site to acknowledge that he is now a tax cheat.
Art is a natural born truth-seeker, an outside-the-box thinker, seldom satisfied with traditional answers to life's pressing questions. Little did he know that his quest for understanding would bring him into direct contact with the magnificent and loving Angel Metatron, plus other powerful angels and other wonderful beings of light.
Having said that, I will recount the objective factors from the plea agreement and other sources and then have some comment below (Note some of the factors are blank now pending further information).
Taxpayer: Arthur Allen Ferdig
Offshore Banks : Unknown, but presumably in Caribbean
Legal Source Income: No
Guilt: By Plea Agreement - one count of evasion for 2002
Charges Given Up: All criminal charges from pattern of conduct, including money laundering.
Acceptance of Responsibility: Yes
Tax Loss: $148,000 for 2002 only (on unreported income of $529,000)
Stipulated Offense Level: 15 (BOL 16, Sophisticated Means +2, Acceptance of responsibility -3)
Sophisticated Means: Yes because of use of foreign banks.
Criminal History: No agreement
Civil Fraud Penalty: Agreed
Incarceration (in months): 18
FBAR penalty: Not a condition of the plea and sentence
Age at sentencing: 71
The Plea Agreement has the following provisions which I note without comment since readers will be able to reach their own conclusions:
Defendant gives up any and all objections that could be asserted to the Examination Division of the Internal Revenue Service receiving materials or information obtained during the criminal investigation of this matter, including materials and information obtained through grand jury subpoenas. [Plea p. 3]Thanks to a reader identified as JonF who called this sentencing to my attention.
[The U.S. agrees that it will] Not seek a sentence of imprisonment above the high end of the applicable Sentencing Guidelines range, provided that the offense level used by the Court to determine that range is level 15 and provided that the Court does not depart downward in offense level or criminal history category. [Plea p. 4]
9. Defendant understands that, if defendant is not a United States citizen, the felony conviction in this case may subject defendant to removal, also known as deportation, which may, under some circumstances, be mandatory. The court cannot, and defendant's attorney also may not be able to, advise defendant fully regarding the immigration consequences of the felony conviction in this case. Defendant understands that by entering a guilty plea defendant waives any claim that unexpected immigration consequences may render defendant's guilty plea invalid. [Page 6]
I will incorporate this sentencing into my spreadsheet, but will have to make some changes so that users can interpret the statistics for outlier cases such as this. This may take a few days because of the press of other matters.