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‘Sovereign Movement’ Figure Loses Federal Appeal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The accused head of an anti-government group lost a bid to avoid forfeiting almost $1.3 million while also paying $95,000 in restitution following his guilty plea to conspiracy and money laundering charges in Las Vegas.

A 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel in San Francisco rejected Samuel Davis’ argument that he was unfairly required to pay twice for the same offense.

Davis’ lawyer, Todd Leventhal, says he may appeal.

Davis is from Council, Idaho. He pleaded guilty in March 2011.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan sentenced him in October 2011 to four years and nine months in federal prison and set the forfeiture and restitution amounts.

Prosecutors called Davis a national leader of the anti-tax “Sovereign Movement.”

They alleged he used “paper terrorism,” intimidation and violence against the government.

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