- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Three Colorado Springs residents convicted of numerous tax fraud counts stemming from a scheme in which they tried to defraud the government out of more than $100 billion have been arrested.

George Brokaw, John Pawelski and Mimi Vigil failed to show up for sentencing Wednesday, prompting a judge to issue warrants. They were arrested Thursday, and the judge delayed their sentencing until Feb. 10 after two of them asked for more time to review court documents. Prosecutors say the third defendant refused to interact with the court.

The trio had claimed documents they created seeking credit for more than $100 billion in tax payments were part of a political statement and not a real attempt to steal from the government. But prosecutors depicted them as tax fraud schemers who used several fraudulent devices to scam the government.

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