FBI, IRS respond to home of 'medicine man' in Kings Mountain

FBI, IRS respond to home of 'medicine man' in Kings Mountain

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - Multiple law enforcement personnel from several agencies responded to a home in Kings Mountain Thursday after a self-proclaimed "medicine man" was accused of tax fraud.

The heavy response came around 3 p.m. at a home on Police Club Road, which is just off of Alex D. Owen Drive. Officials have not released much information, but officials with the FBI told WBTV they were "supporting activity for the IRS."

Reuben Dehaan, whose home and business is listed at the address, was the subject of an affidavit released Thursday.

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The affidavit alleges that Dehaan tried to "obstruct and impede the due administration of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC)" and attempted to "evade and defeat any tax imposed by the IRC."

Dehaan, the affidavit states, "claims to be a 'Medicine Man' and provides natural healing services and products to customers for a fee" through his business, Get Well Stay Well and Health Care Ministries International at his home on Police Club Road.

The affidavit also states that Dehaan claims to be a minister of the Native American Church of Nemenhah, and claims on his income taxes that all of his earnings from his healing business are donations because he is a minister and are, therefore, non-taxable.

The affidavit alleges that Dehaan has "operated his holistic medicine business under various entity names" and has "not voluntarily filed a Federal income tax return for himself or his business since 1997, except for frivolous returns for years 2005 and 2006.

Investigators say Dehaan's tax claims are false because the Native American Church of Nemenhah is not recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a Native American tribe and is not recognized as a "church" or "religious order" by the IRS, "as it has not applied for or received a tax identification number or not-for-profit status from the IRS."

An undercover agent went to Dehaan's business for a "total body analysis" and was charged $145. The affidavit states that at no time were the fees "deemed a donation or a gift," and that the agent was never afforded an opportunity to pay less than $145.

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