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Retaliatory liens against federal employees gets Flossmoor man 46 months in prison

A Flossmoor resident who pleaded guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of filing false retaliatory liens against government officials has been sentenced to serve 46 months in prison.

According to information provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Tyree Davis Sr. was sentenced this month by U.S. District Court Judge Michael M. Mihm in the Central District of Illinois to the prison term and to three years of supervised release.

The case against Davis was filed in July 2013 by the Justice Department’s Tax Division. He was originally indicted on six counts of filing false retaliatory multi-billion dollar liens against government employees and two counts of obstruction of justice.

According to court documents, Davis sent correspondence threatening to arrest two federal judges, including the judge who presided over the 2010 criminal tax trial of LaShawn Littrice. A jury convicted Littrice, who Davis has referred to as his wife, in June 2010, and she was sentenced to serve 42 months in prison. 

The Justice Department also said court documents established that Davis filed false retaliatory liens, titled Notice of Claim of Maritime Lien, against the two federal judges. Davis also filed false retaliatory liens against the U.S. Attorney and Clerk of Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the assistant U.S. attorney and the special agent from the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation who investigated and prosecuted Littrice. 

According to the Justice Department, Davis filed the liens with the Cook County Recorder’s Office claiming that each individual owed Littrice $100 billion dollars. Davis re-recorded the liens multiple times in order to add real property descriptions, then notified others, including credit bureaus, that he had filed the multi-billion dollar liens.  

The case was prosecuted by the Senior Litigation Counsel Jen E. Ihlo and Trial Attorney Matthew J. Kluge of the Tax Division and was investigated by the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the FBI.

More information:
U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District, Chicago

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