Attorney General announces 10-year probation sentence for Black Forest man suspected of tax evasion

DENVER — Colorado Attorney General John Suthers announced today that a Denver District Court judge has sentenced Jack Wharton Thomas (DOB: 4/4/1956) to 10 years ­­­­­­probation for failing to pay more than $60,000 in taxes, penalties and interest he owed to the state of Colorado. A Denver jury convicted Thomas in late October of four felonies related to his nonpayment based on dubious tax complaints. The judge also sentenced Thomas to 45 days in jail and suspended a three-year prison sentence pending his successful completion of his probation sentence. 

Thomas, a commercial airline pilot, tax protestor and resident of Black Forest, evaded his state tax responsibilities between April 2004 and April 2008. Thomas defended himself throughout his trial and the run up to the trial by alleging numerous erroneous issues, including that he did not earn any “wages” as defined by the government. 

The Denver jury convicted Thomas of evasion of taxes administered by the Colorado Department of Revenue, a class-five felony; fraud by check, a class-six felony; forgery of checks or commercial instruments, a class-five felony; and, filing a false tax return, a class-five felony. 

The Office of the Attorney General prosecuted Thomas with the assistance of the Criminal Tax Enforcement Section of the Colorado Department of Revenue.  

Thomas was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 10, 2010 but failed to appear.

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