Man Sentenced To Prison For Tax Fraud

A 70-year-old Chico florist has been sentenced for dodging taxes and then personally retaliating against federal officials by creating messy paper trails. James Molen was found guilty in May on federal charges of recording false liens against federal officers, contempt of court, and interference with administration of tax laws. Molen, who owned Touch of Class Florist in Chico, stopped withholding and paying federal taxes in 2000. In 2004 he recorded false liens against two federal judges, the U.S. Attorney, two Department of Justice attorneys, and an IRS revenue officer, claiming collateral of 93 Billion Dollars. As collection efforts continued, Molen sent bogus payments and placed his home and bank accounts in trust.  He could have been sentenced to as much as 10 years in federal prison. The sentencing judge Thursday cited Molen's declining health as he sent him to prison for 3 years.