- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Coquille pastor and his wife who were convicted of tax evasion have pleaded guilty to filing false and vindictive liens against federal officials involved in their case.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/wPUYCs ) that 72-year-old Ronald Joling on Thursday pleaded guilty to filing false retaliatory liens against District Judge Ann Aiken, Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin, Clerk of the Court Mary Moran and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Bradford. His wife Dorthea Joling pleaded guilty to filing a false lien against Aiken, who handled their tax evasion trial in 2014.

The Jolings were convicted of tax evasion and then fled to Arizona to avoid sentencing. They were later arrested by U.S. marshals and are both serving prison terms.

Ronald Joling had said he stopped paying income taxes in the early 1990s after concluding the tax laws don’t apply to him.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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