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Update: U.S. Terrorism Task Force makes arrest in Yellow Medicine County

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Update 5 p.m.

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By The West Central Tribune and The Daily Republic

WOOD LAKE, Minn. -- The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the U.S. Marshal Service's Joint Terrorism Task Force Wednesday to arrest a fugitive in the city of Wood Lake.

Thomas Richard Kelley, of Salem, has been convicted of federal tax code violations.

He was arrested without incident, but a loaded handgun and a suspicious object were found in the motor home where Kelley was living.

The Bloomington Police Department's bomb squad detonated the object, which was found to contain drug paraphernalia and money.

Kelley was originally scheduled to be sentenced in August for 22 counts of tax violations, but he did not show up for court.

He was found guilty in May of filing a false income tax return, impeding the Internal Revenue Service, two counts of tax evasion, three counts of willful failure to file tax returns and 15 counts of passing fictitious U.S. Treasury obligations, also known as private discharging and indemnity bonds, private offset bonds and bonded promissory notes.

At a point during Kelley's three-day trial in Sioux Falls, he said he was following the advice of Austin Gary Cooper, the leader of anti-tax organizations Taking Back America and The Ten Foundation.

Cooper was convicted in 1990 for failing to file income tax returns, failing to pay income taxes and filing false tax withholding certificates. He has also been imprisoned for violating an injunction requiring him to cease marketing and promoting abusive tax shelter programs.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force includes the Minnehaha County Sheriff's office, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

Update 7 a.m.

WOOD LAKE - The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the U.S. Marshal Service's Joint Terrorism Task Force Wednesday to arrest a fugitive in the city of Wood Lake.

Thomas Richard Kelley, of Salem, S.D., was wanted on federal tax code violations.

He was arrested without incident, but a loaded handgun and a suspicious object was found in the motor home where Kelley was living.

The Bloomington Police Department's bomb squad detonated the object, which was found to contain drug paraphernalia and money.

The Joint Terrorism Task Force includes Minnehaha County Sheriff's office, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.

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