Fugitive Tax Fraud Promoter Captured In Arizona, Facing 10 Year Sentenced


Winston Shrout, a fugitive and former Hillsboro, Oregon, tax fraud promoter, who had been on the run since he was supposed to start serving a 10 year prison sentence, was caught in Arizona and apprehended on Nov. 1, 2019, by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Shrout, age 70, was convicted by a jury in April 2017 of submitting fraudulent financial instruments to banks and the U.S. Treasury, and failing to file income tax returns. According to the Department of Justice, from approximately 2008 through 2015, Shrout created and submitted more than 300 such fraudulent instruments. He also held seminars and private meetings to promote and market the use of these instruments to pay off debts, including federal taxes.

Shrout sold recordings of his seminars, templates for fraudulent financial instruments and other materials through his website.

In addition, Shrout did not file his 2009 through 2014 tax returns despite earning substantial income from seminars, licensing fees associated with the sale of his products, and annual pension payments. Shrout admitted during trial that he had not paid income tax for at least 20 years.

On Oct. 22, 2018, Judge Robert E. Jones sentenced Shrout to 10 years in prison, to serve five years of supervised release, and to pay restitution to the IRS. Shrout failed to report to prison as ordered in March 2019, and was a fugitive until his arrest late last week. Shrout appeared in district court and will be transferred to the custody of the Bureau of Prisons to begin serving his prison term.

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  1. Sounds like one of these wacked out “Sovereign Citizens” who don’t believe in the US Government but do believe they should live in the US like “Travelers,” that is to say – rip off anyone and everyone you can. It’s “legal” in their crazy minds because they don’t believe in “US laws.”

    There’s a group in AZ so this guy probably fled to them.

    • And you sound like one of these wacked out Citizen-Slaves, who dont even know the land you reside on isnt the same as the corporate fiction defacto Government that rules over you…

    • People don’t owe any tax , only corporations owe taxes …
      Corporations don’t have any venue/jurisdiction over any man. Impossible!!! Let him go, private corporations as his leasehold will expire if not already.

      • But when a man operates a business for profit using corporate instruments as does corporations do in commerce yes they do.

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