'Redemption' Internet Conspiracy Theory Backfires for 81-Year-Old Fred Neal

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Sep. 30, 2013 12:00 am  

On June 18, Fred Neal Jr., 81, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Little Rock.

But Neal was actually self-employed as the owner-president of Lang Laboratories Inc. of Marshall, Texas. Officials from Lang, which sells pesticides, didn’t return a call for comment, but prosecutors said the company paid Neal at least $150,000 in silver and cash between March 2010 and March 2011. He also owned several automobiles and an airplane.

He was charged last September with perjury. On June 4, he finally caught a break: A jury found him not guilty of the perjury charge.

Two weeks later, Neal waived his right to a trial and pleaded guilty to the interference and false lien charges.

When sentenced later this week, Neal faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for interfering with the IRS and up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the filing false liens charge.

 

 

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