BENTON — An inmate at the Marion Federal Penitentiary was sentenced Friday to serve an additional 18 years after he was convicted last year of filing fake bankruptcy petitions against prison officials, including the warden.
According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Weinhoeft, Kurt F. Johnson, 56, while incarcerated in the Communications Management Unit at the federal prison, filed involuntary bankruptcy petitions against the prison warden and another prison officer. Those petitions alleged the officials owed Johnson $20 billion for a judgment Johnson claimed he obtained from the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. Johnson purportedly canceled $1 billion of the supposed debt as unreported income for the warden and the officer, according to the release.
The warden and the officer received solicitation letters from credit counseling services based on their supposed bankruptcy.
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At trial, the U.S. presented evidence that showed Johnson has a history of harassing judges, court personnel and Bureau of Prisons employees through fictitious claims, the release states. Johnson represented himself at trial and said he genuinely believed the World Court had awarded him a default judgment for $20 billion because of his placement in the Communications Management Unit. The jury deliberated for 40 minutes before returning the guilty verdict.
Johnson is serving a 25-year sentence on a fraud conviction in California. He was scheduled to get out in 2028, but he will now serve an additional 18 years after he serves his original sentence. He was also sentenced to an additional term of three years of supervised release.