Deer Park man accused of filing fraudulent claims
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that a federal grand jury in Spokane has indicted a Deer Park man on charges of filing fraudulent multibillion dollar liens against four government officials.
Ronald James Davenport, of Deer Park, faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and up to $1 million worth of fines, according to a DOJ press release out of Washington, D.C. The Internal Revenue Service also participated in the investigation.
According to court records, the federal government brought a civil suit against Davenport in 2008 to collect delinquent income taxes. In apparent retaliation, Davenport then made a series of fraudulent claims in December 2008 against U.S. Attorney James McDevitt, an assistant U.S. Attorney, the clerk of court for federal district court and a collection of officers working for the IRS, the news release states.
Davenport filed liens against the property of these government officials claiming that each owed him $5.18 billion.
The case is being investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and is being prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorney Brian Bailey, according to the release.