Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Public Land" Hero Slapped with Huge Fine

Who can forget our brave all-american hero, Tim DeChristopher who bid and won on several parcels of govt land to save it from mining operations. The problem was, Tim had no money to pay for the parcels he won. Apparently, the gov has no sense of humor cause they have hit Tim with a HUGE bill for their wasted time;

BLM auction saboteur gets bill
Published: April 7, 2009 at 7:37

SALT LAKE CITY, April 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. government is demanding $81,000 from a Utah man who is facing felony prosecution for allegedly bogus oil and gas lease auction bids.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which sent Tim DeChristopher a demand letter, says the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City was responsible for the request for payment, the Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney for Utah spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch, however, disagreed.

"The 'bill' to DeChristopher is not a part of our criminal case," Rydalch told the newspaper. "It's a BLM administrative action taken independent of our criminal case."

DeChristopher, a 27-year-old University of Utah student, was indicted last week. He is accused of bidding on government land parcel leases with the intent of not paying for the 11 auctions he won.

"You have lost the opportunity to obtain these lease parcels," the letter demand said. "Regardless, the amounts specified above are still required to be remitted."

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