Meet The Fringe Group That Tricked A Miami Felon Into Filing A $14 Trillion Tax Return
Marlon T. "X-Large" Moore sure looks like one of the dumbest criminals in Miami history.
Late last year, the 38-year-old Miami native was arrested while on probation from federal prison for filing false tax claims -- to the tune of $14 trillion.
Yeah, trillion. With a t.
If the IRS had paid out, Moore's return would have exceeded the U.S. national debt. Instead, Moore snagged a two-year stay at the federal pen after pleading guilty to fraud.
Not too bright, right?
Au contraire, says Damien Higgerson, a convicted coke dealer who spent years in the big house with Moore, who had earned a six-year stay in 2001 after he got caught laundering money for a cocaine ring.
X-Large wasn't X-Dumb, Higgerson says. He just bought into the wacky ideas of an anti-government movement called "Sovereign Citizens" or "Redemption." The Internet-fueled fringe preaches that people can snag unlimited cash by manipulating IRS forms. To prisoners, it's an easy sell.
"This stuff is huge in prison right now, and Marlon really believed in it," says Higgerson, who was booked for 151 months for selling coke. "He wasn't trying to rob nobody."
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