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Ex-Charger gets prison for trying to defraud IRS of $2.3 million

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On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers adopted a Declaration of Independence that declared that the King of Great Britain had established an absolute tyranny by, among other grievances, “imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.” So perhaps on this Independence Day, we should recognize former Chargers tackle Charles Loewen as a patriot.

Or perhaps we should call him a convicted felon. That’s what he is now, having pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and filing a false claim for a tax refund. Loewen created fake tax documents designed to make it look like the IRS owed him refunds totaling $2,353,173.22. Unfortunately for Loewen, the IRS didn’t simply cut him a check for the money he said he was due. Instead, the IRS examined the documents, found them fraudulent, and criminally charged him.

This week Loewen was sentenced in federal court to 37 months in prison.

Loewen was a seventh-round draft pick out of South Dakota State in 1980. He played for the Chargers from 1980 to 1984.

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77 Responses to “Ex-Charger gets prison for trying to defraud IRS of $2.3 million”
  1. Heretopissuoff says: Jul 4, 2014 2:50 PM

    Of course it’s a charger
    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    Raiders 10-6 Carr da future

  2. sewalters79 says: Jul 4, 2014 2:51 PM

    Taxes are way too high! I’m seriously, an income and property tax, what a joke this country has become!

  3. skins716 says: Jul 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    one thing in the United States you cannot avoid.. death, taxes and the irs

  4. wtfchiefs says: Jul 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    Uncle Sam will let a lot of people get away with a lot of things. Taxes are not one of those things. They locked up Capone for tax fraud. So the next time you want to commit tax fraud, instead of thinking how much money you will keep you should ask yourself; “Am I so smart that I can successfully commit a crime that Al Capone could not?”

  5. canetic says: Jul 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    Man they will throw you in jail for anything these days.

  6. supermadelf says: Jul 4, 2014 2:55 PM

    Dear “Patriot”,
    Pay your taxes.
    The End.
    Yours in Service,
    Everyone who isn’t a cheap, law breaking, crazy, creepy, conspiracy theory, freaking mouth breathing moron.

  7. deathtoromo says: Jul 4, 2014 2:56 PM

    So he can just say all his proof of innocence was on his hard drive , but it crashed and was recycled. Right , Obama??

  8. theravenlives2 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:04 PM

    Perhaps he should claim that his hard drive crashed and he lost all his tax records. Hey, that seems to be all the rage with the IRS and the Obama Admistration lately, right?

  9. natelan says: Jul 4, 2014 3:05 PM

    Rolando McClain ver.1.0 > Rolando McClain ver.2.0

  10. restorativejusticeprogram says: Jul 4, 2014 3:06 PM

    He was doing us all a favor. The way the government is now run, every dollar you give them they borrow two against it and then waste all three.

    Thank you sir for your efforts.

  11. pats777 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    He screwed it all up by being greedy. You might be able to sneak 50 grand through the system, but $2.3 million? Idiot.

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 4, 2014 3:14 PM

    Taxes wouldn’t be too high if government was responsible with money.

  13. orthomarine says: Jul 4, 2014 3:17 PM

    Still waiting to see a law that says you have to file taxes on wages

  14. bullcharger says: Jul 4, 2014 3:20 PM

    pats777 says:Jul 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    He screwed it all up by being greedy. You might be able to sneak 50 grand through the system, but $2.3 million? Idiot.

    —————————

    So you think stealing 50K is ok? Ask Martha Stewart what the government thinks about that.

  15. nceaglesfan says: Jul 4, 2014 3:21 PM

    Soth Dakota? That’s just for witness protection individuals. Ever meet anyone from South Dakota?

  16. dhardy8207 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:22 PM

    Taxes were originally imposed on the citizens of this country to cover the cost of war such as WWI. This is why our politicians will never go more than 10 years without some type of war or aggressive tactics against another country. This is why immediately after Obama brought most of the troops home from Iraq other politicians set their sites on Iran…

    They have to be at war or they can’t justify the taxes they access this country’s citizens…

  17. cylondetector says: Jul 4, 2014 3:24 PM

    Income tax is actually illegal.

    It was brought in to fund a civil war originally, and then remained to fund a whole bunch of other wars all against our fellow man.

  18. natelan says: Jul 4, 2014 3:30 PM

    Tax-evading inbred rednecks abound in this country.

  19. rohlo says: Jul 4, 2014 3:32 PM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Jul 4, 2014 2:50 PM
    Of course it’s a charger
    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    Raiders 10-6 Carr da future

    ———————————–

    khalil mack is overrated!! guy didnt even dominate the weak conference he played in at university of buffalo..he was a non factor when san diego state spanked him and buffalo in their bowl game! mack is just another small school comine wonder who is way over hyped!!! matt schaub is a scrub “mr. pick 6″ and saying carr is the future is wishful thinking!!! fresno state players always seem to under achieve …we know first habd with ryan mathews and carr will end up beign just like his brother hyped out of college with inflated stats tha amounts to being a nfl caliber backup qb!!! the raiturds commitment to mediocrity!! 12 years w/o a winnign record and 31 years since you did anything… cant see anything or those trophies with all the dust and cobbwebs all over them!

  20. tongsareinyourseatback says: Jul 4, 2014 3:34 PM

    bullcharger says:
    Jul 4, 2014 3:20 PM
    pats777 says:Jul 4, 2014 3:13 PM

    He screwed it all up by being greedy. You might be able to sneak 50 grand through the system, but $2.3 million? Idiot.

    —————————

    So you think stealing 50K is ok? Ask Martha Stewart what the government thinks about that.

    ——————————————–

    Martha Stewart was convicted for obstructing justice, not theft.

  21. bonnovi says: Jul 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    America is back.

    Deal with it, haters.

  22. kuantan97 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    “Trying to defraud IRS”–what a cute headline for Independence Day. An organization whose soul goal is theft of property, and somehow THEY are the victimized party.

  23. raiderapologist says: Jul 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    natelan says: Jul 4, 2014 3:05 PM

    Rolando McClain ver.1.0 > Rolando McClain ver.2.0
    ———————-
    Larry English < Manti Te'o.

  24. kuantan97 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:36 PM

    Sole, I mean.

  25. bucsorbust says: Jul 4, 2014 3:37 PM

    You can’t fix stupid.

  26. doctorrustbelt says: Jul 4, 2014 3:38 PM

    Another republican trying to get a free ride.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 4, 2014 3:39 PM

    Happy Loss Of Independance Day, Chuck.

  28. tombstone7 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:47 PM

    Why isn’t his picture “plastered” on this this post?”

  29. oldcracker says: Jul 4, 2014 3:48 PM

    I once made an error on a return that I later caught. It took me 3 yrs to straighten it out, at times being threatened with jail. No more Mr. Nice/Gullible Guy.

  30. greenejoemean says: Jul 4, 2014 3:49 PM

    Concussions to blame or nah?

  31. tinbender2000 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:57 PM

    rohlo says: Jul 4, 2014 3:32 PM

    Heretopissuoff says:
    Jul 4, 2014 2:50 PM
    Of course it’s a charger
    Khalil Mack>Clowney and Barr
    Raiders 10-6 Carr da future

    ———————————–

    khalil mack is overrated!! guy didnt even dominate the weak conference he played in at university of buffalo..he was a non factor when san diego state spanked him and buffalo in their bowl game! mack is just another small school comine wonder who is way over hyped!!! matt schaub is a scrub “mr. pick 6″ and saying carr is the future is wishful thinking!!! fresno state players always seem to under achieve …we know first habd with ryan mathews and carr will end up beign just like his brother hyped out of college with inflated stats tha amounts to being a nfl caliber backup qb!!! the raiturds commitment to mediocrity!! 12 years w/o a winnign record and 31 years since you did anything… cant see anything or those trophies with all the dust and cobbwebs all over them!
    ========================================
    rohlo, you save this on your computer and cut and paste it onto every Raider post, pathetic. Who’s your team? I want to know because I can’t wait for Mack to knock your quarterback into next week.

  32. qdog112 says: Jul 4, 2014 3:59 PM

    Just put on a cowboy hat, call in gov’t hatin’ crazies with guns, declare the US doesn’t exist and get a free lunch like Cliven Bundy. Worked for him.

    Right radicals…

  33. 49erstim says: Jul 4, 2014 4:00 PM

    Never EVER mess with “the government’s” money. You can commit murder and, with a good enough lawyer, escape unharmed. ….but you try to keep back some money from the government and you’ll regret it. Every time.

    As for the Martha Stewart comments. … it was insider trading…..which in a round about way gets back to keeping money away from the government. If Wesley Snipes has to pay taxes then so do you…. lol

  34. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 4, 2014 4:03 PM

    natelan says:
    Jul 4, 2014 3:30 PM
    Tax-evading inbred rednecks abound in this country.

    ______________

    This. Go look at the blue state vs red state it terms of “takers”. Red states are useless.

  35. jayhawk6 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:17 PM

    Is there a “Not guilty due to concussion induced idiocy” defense?

    He must have been reading literature by some lunatic fringe group.

  36. upperdecker19 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:17 PM

    Willie Nelson and Weslie Snipes are flabbergasted

  37. tongsareinyourseatback says: Jul 4, 2014 4:20 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Jul 4, 2014 4:03 PM
    natelan says:
    Jul 4, 2014 3:30 PM
    Tax-evading inbred rednecks abound in this country.

    ______________

    This. Go look at the blue state vs red state it terms of “takers”. Red states are useless.

    ———————

    I hope you are being sarcastic. BTW, Loewen resided in the extremely blue state of Hawaii.

  38. oldbyrd says: Jul 4, 2014 4:25 PM

    How did he sleep at night?

  39. carlsbadboltfan says: Jul 4, 2014 4:28 PM

    cylondetector says: Jul 4, 2014 3:24 PM

    Income tax is actually illegal.

    It was brought in to fund a civil war originally, and then remained to fund a whole bunch of other wars all against our fellow man.
    ————————————————————————————————-
    Really? Then why don’t YOU test this theory and NOT pay yours?

  40. goldiehawn9 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:57 PM

    I am a lifelong Charger since 1965 and never heard of him

  41. evilglazers666 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:58 PM

    Wait until the Glazers get audited..

  42. locator08 says: Jul 4, 2014 4:59 PM

    …and what bout the lost emails??..is she going to prison too??

  43. bearsfan4life says: Jul 4, 2014 5:32 PM

    You mundanes need to pipe down.

    Celebrate your freedom in government sanctioned areas with government approved fireworks.

    And don’t forget to pay your taxes. Unless you want to become treasury secretary.

    I’m going to go watch teevee now.

  44. Ed Bandell says: Jul 4, 2014 5:51 PM

    Taxes on labor is not allowed by the Constitution. The government just started doing in and the citizens just let them do it.

    If you stand your ground and refuse to pay your taxes such as a certain individual who did this about a year or so ago (I can’t remember the person’s name, but it was big news) actually had the police come to his home, barricade his driveway, and set up their SWAT team to raid his home.

    He eventually went to court and actually won his case. The technical merit on which he won the case I don’t recall either. Essentially he was using parts of the Constitution that state that labor is not taxable, or that income is not defined as wages.

    People who live in the Nation’s capital (Washington, DC) are trying to fight paying income tax. Why? Because Washington, DC is not a state of the United States and has no representatives or senators. So in essence, they are being taxed without representation. I seem to remember a large war being started over that very same issue…but for the life of me I can’t remember which one…

  45. don2074978 says: Jul 4, 2014 5:56 PM

    The Boston Tea Party was not about the rate of taxation or what the tax money was spent on. It was about TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTAION. Ever since then you have been represented. You may not like what that representation has done but elections have winners and losers and if you lose you just have to deal with it. So make sure to vote… a lot of veterans have died, been maimed and/or have seen thing no human should have to see to ensure that right so make sure to use it!

  46. realfootballfan says: Jul 4, 2014 5:56 PM

    Trying to outsmart the IRS never ends well.

  47. bcajun says: Jul 4, 2014 5:57 PM

    IRS and central banks ripping people off since 1913…END THE FEDERAL RESERVE!!!!

  48. bcajun says: Jul 4, 2014 5:59 PM

    Ed bandell WE ALL ARE TAXED WITHOUT REPRSENTATION…END THE CENTRAL BANKS AND WORLDS ELITE AKA GLOBALISTS (PURE EVIL)

  49. bcajun says: Jul 4, 2014 6:05 PM

    What gets me the most is how much we US citizens detest our govt and theyre constant taxation on their citizens as well as the corruption…AND NO ONE DOES ANYTHING ABOUT IT…REVELOUTION!!!!!

  50. mrlaloosh says: Jul 4, 2014 7:16 PM

    There’s no reason why anyone can’t leave the USA if your not satisfied with the government. If you’ve had enough, leave. Buh-Bye…….

  51. MichaelEdits says: Jul 4, 2014 7:38 PM

    I gotta say, that’s bold.

  52. ducksk says: Jul 4, 2014 7:46 PM

    PDS? Concussion syndrome? Or desperate has been nobody who blew his dough and needed some 2.3 large to roll again. Ba bye

  53. abreathofsanity says: Jul 4, 2014 7:46 PM

    Jerry Jones line one.

  54. bcajun says: Jul 4, 2014 7:52 PM

    Mrlaloosh same thing can be said about our govt and liberals..if they dont like our constitution then they can leave too

  55. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 4, 2014 8:43 PM

    guy does sound like a Patriot to me

  56. crystalcoastraider says: Jul 4, 2014 9:10 PM

    Actually, income tax IS legal, and should be paid. The problem with the IRS is they confuse “income”, which is profit or gain, with “compensation”. If you buy a boat for a dollar, and you sell the boat for 10 dollars, that is $9 income, and taxable. If you go to work for 8 hours and receive compensation, that should NOT be taxable. I was compensated for my time. I did not profit. I gave up something, for something in return. Unfortunarely, that will never fly in court, so…pay your compensation/income taxes like good little peasants…lol

  57. fikemlorio says: Jul 4, 2014 10:23 PM

    “one thing in the United States you cannot avoid.. death, taxes and the irs”..

    Isn’t that three things?

  58. fikemlorio says: Jul 4, 2014 10:31 PM

    You may not like the taxes, and I don’t, but it don’t seem likely you can affect any change by posting on profootballtalk.com.

  59. 34defense2014 says: Jul 4, 2014 10:57 PM

    REVOLUTION! Please

  60. thefiesty1 says: Jul 4, 2014 11:23 PM

    Nothing is certain except death and taxes. Maybe he had too many concussions to know what he did was wrong.

  61. 34defense2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:05 AM

    Revolution now!! To Arms To Arms!

  62. 34defense2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:07 AM

    USA is great!!

  63. 34defense2014 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:09 AM

    Long live the USA and the NFL

  64. lerch77 says: Jul 5, 2014 12:42 AM

    Unfortunately for Loewen, the IRS didn’t simply cut him a check for the money he said he was due. Instead, the IRS examined the documents, found them fraudulent, and criminally charged him.

    Too bad, Mr. Loewen. While .gov will almost certainly waste your hard-earned dollars on some politicians’ boondoggle, you must remember that you can’t con the con-artists… ;-)

  65. rawdog2013 says: Jul 5, 2014 1:06 AM

    Chargers only make the news when they commit crimes or Manti has a new “girlfriend”

    Rivers should have been a Raider. No one deserves to play for this dump of a franchise.

  66. nobreak1269 says: Jul 5, 2014 1:28 AM

    What is ironic is the U.S.Government now does the exact same things we rebelled against England for.We need another revolution.

  67. smackingfools says: Jul 5, 2014 2:22 AM

    You should get prison for not giving the government your hard earned money! I mean, it is in the constitution! Oh… Wait.

  68. mackie66 says: Jul 5, 2014 6:37 AM

    Irony ?? IRS, spied on political groups, not Democratic, nor Republican, lost all emails, and we want to continue to write checks to those criminals.

  69. getyourownname says: Jul 5, 2014 8:51 AM

    For those of you who think the Constitution does not permit an income tax, please read the Sixteenth Amendment.

    As to this schlub, it was probably the $0.22 part that tipped off the IRS.

  70. condor75 says: Jul 5, 2014 9:52 AM

    Taxes are way too high! I’m seriously, an income and property tax, what a joke this country has become!
    So yeah creating fraudulent refunds, which steals from all of us is the answer, yeah what a joke. Save your politics for Fox

  71. truthofthefootballbusiness says: Jul 5, 2014 9:57 AM

    The U.S. government spends $600,000,000,000 on defence each year, that is WAY out of line. Think about it, that’s almost $2000 per year for EACH American!
    Save each American $1800 per year, cut defense spending to an appropriate level and stop stealing our money.
    What could you do if you were given (not stolen from you) $1800 each year?? Could you spend it on something useful for yourself??

  72. darthvoter says: Jul 5, 2014 10:02 AM

    Remove the “space” in between the words “The IRS” and it spells “Theirs”.

    Our founding fathers would be shooting by now.

  73. lerch77 says: Jul 5, 2014 11:29 AM

    As to the ’16th Amendment’ comment, it was not ratified by the required number of states, taxes on capital gains are legal and Constitutional, but the income tax is not. Look it up…

  74. tedmurph says: Jul 5, 2014 12:03 PM

    Wages and salaries are absolutely part of the definition of income.

    The tax protester argument that the 16th hasn’t been properly ratified has been laughed out of e very court it’s been brought before.

    Right wing kool-aid drinkers are funny.

  75. smackingfools says: Jul 5, 2014 12:07 PM

    Someone saying is to don’t like the government you are free to leave the country is hands down the dumbest statement you could ever say. Why should a citizen leave because their government is corrupt? Seems like the government should be the ones leaving. People that make statements like that are blind followers and a disgrace. And maybe you should leave the country. Besides, because of the government most Americans can’t even afford to leave the country these days.

  76. ilovecostcobut says: Jul 5, 2014 2:43 PM

    Bolts. That’s all. Just another Bolt doing dumb things. But this is really beyond the pale since lying to the IRS is a lot like leaving your drivers license at 7-Eleven when you rob the joint.

  77. maddbassist420365247187 says: Jul 8, 2014 11:35 AM

    ??????Why doesn’t he just sell off one of his Super Bowl rings??????

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