OGDEN -- A 53-year-old Ogden man faces federal charges after prosecutors say he sent letters to city and government officials demanding to be paid trillions of dollars.
Harvey Douglas Goff was arrested Thursday morning in Ogden, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City.
The 14-count indictment charges Goff with obstruction of justice, impeding internal revenue laws, fictitious obligations, attempt to commit mail fraud, and mailings in furtherance of a scheme and artifice to defraud.
Goff was ordered to undergo a competency evaluation by Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba.
Goff refused to stand when ordered to during his court appearance, which led to an intervention by U.S. Marshals.
Goff also refused the appointment of counsel, would not acknowledge his name or identity, and claimed he had been kidnapped from his home.
Ten counts of the indictment relate to conduct that began with an Ogden traffic stop for speeding in March 2010.
"The defendant protested that he had been stopped, and presented paperwork claiming to be a diplomatic agent and immune from detention, arrest or prosecution," the indictment reads. "The defendant further asserted that he was going to charge $1,000 to (the) officer for every minute he was delayed."
The officer gave Goff a warning, then conducted a background check on Goff that determined his claims of diplomatic immunity were unfounded.
Another Ogden officer stopped Goff later that month for moving violations, and the investigation into Goff's conduct continued.
Goff, who represented himself in June court proceedings connected to the two incidents, filed several pleadings in his state felony prosecution.
His requests were denied by the court, and he was bound over for trial.
Goff failed to appear for a pretrial conference in December, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to the indictment, in November, Goff mailed documents to the state, Weber County, Ogden city, the Ogden Police Department and various employees of those entities, claiming he was owed more than $53 trillion in damages.
The documents were said to be part of a "self-help administrative process" and said the recipients had 10 days to respond before a default resulted.
When no money was paid, prosecutors said, Goff filed liens on 77 parcels of land in Weber County, including municipal properties and some private residences of government employees.
Prosecutors also contend Goff passed fictitious documents to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, including a "discharging and indemnity bond" for $300 billion as part of a separate tax case.
That included sending fictitious invoices to a judge demanding payments of more than $1.8 million.
In addition, court papers say Goff demanded that an IRS employee pay him more than $50 million and turn over personal tax and employment information.
If convicted of the charges, Goff faces a federal prison term of up to 20 years for each count of obstruction of justice, attempted mail fraud and false mailings.
Each charge of fictitious documents carries a penalty of 25 years, and the penalty for impeding internal revenue laws is three years.
Each count in the indictment carries a $250,000 fine.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this article.