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Man convicted of bilking IRS of more than $600,000

EAST ST. LOUIS — A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he wasn't bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being convicted of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.

A federal jury convicted 47-year-old Destry Marcotte of Belleville on Wednesday of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.

Prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.

Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.

After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.

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