Salcha couple accused in murder plot loses tax battle

May 25, 2011 

FAIRBANKS -- A couple from Salcha has lost a tax battle with the U.S. government.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said Wednesday that a federal judge has ruled that Lonnie and Karen Vernon owe nearly $180,000.

The Vernons are the couple that prosecutors say were so angered by a previous judge's ruling dismissing the couple's arguments that they became involved in a murder plot against the judge and a federal tax agent.

The Vernons have fought with the Internal Revenue Service since 1999. They argued that the IRS does not have the legal authority to collects taxes.

U.S. District Court Judge Lonny R. Suko ruled Monday that the couple must pay its tax debt.

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