In the United States, technology is king. Its queen is entertainment, and sports is the thick-skulled prince with all the cool toys. In such a culture, artists can often feel like second-class citizens. However, when Idaho landscape painter John Horejs and his wife Elaine the Internal Revenue Service not to be U.S. citizens at all, they were taking some serious artistic liberties.
In a federal magistrate court in Boise last week, the Horejs plead guilty to six counts of impeding and obstructing the IRS. Aside from admitting to falsely disowning their citizenship, the couple failed to file individual tax returns for the years 1996 through 2002. All told, the Horejs admitted to ripping off the feds to the tune of over $150,000 over the last decade.
They will be sentenced this September, but in the meantime they have reportedly agreed to cooperate with the IRS. Their Burley home, which had been seized by county authorities for non-payment of property taxes, will also be sold back to the couple to pay off their debts, according to a story in the Burley South Idaho Press.