May 20, 2022
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Silver Coin Scammer Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Prison

(Sioux Falls, SD) — One of two men convicted in the so-called silver coin scheme that scammed South Dakota residents out of 12-million dollars — John Winer — has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Winer and another man — Nathan Peachey — were convicted of the scheme. Both men used bogus humanitarian claims to defraud people. They both claimed to be sovereign citizens and were not subject to federal laws. But prosecutors noted Winer had filed a 2019 tax return in order to be eligible for COVID-19 relief funds. The judge called his claims of not being a US citizen “gibberish.” A third defendant has been extradited from Norway to Sioux Falls and goes on trial in September. A fourth defendant remains at large.

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