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Sat April 24, 2010

Tax Avoidance Conspiracy Sentence

Tulsa, OK – Okla. businessman, Ark. lawyer get 15-year terms

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Kellyville, Okla., businessman and his lawyer from Fort Smith, Ark., have both been sentenced by a federal judge to serve 15 years in prison for a tax-avoidance conspiracy.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot on Friday sentenced 44-year-old Lindsey Springer of Kellyville and 46-year-old Oscar Stilley of Fort Smith after the two were convicted by a jury Nov. 16.

The judge also ordered the pair to pay almost $700,000 each in restitution to the federal Internal Revenue Service.

Friot labeled the two "frauds and predators." U.S. Attorney Thomas Woodward said the pair set up an organization called Bondage Breakers Ministry to solicit and receive money. Woodward said the stated purpose of the organization was to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service.