A man who claimed to be the governor of Alabama in its “original jurisdiction” has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for tax fraud.

Monty Ervin and Patricia Ervin, owners of Southern Realty in Dothan, Ala., were sentenced Tuesday for conspiring to defraud the United States and tax evasion. After a two-week trial that began Oct. 25, 2011, a federal jury in Montgomery, Ala., convicted the Ervins of one count of conspiracy and three counts of tax evasion. The jury also convicted Patricia Ervin of one count of structuring transactions to avoid bank reporting requirements.

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