Tax Dodgers' Lair for Sale, Maybe With Land Mines

Tax-evading couple once holed up in property
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Tax Dodgers' Lair for Sale, Maybe With Land Mines
In this June 18, 2007, file photo, Ed Brown, right, and his wife, Elaine Brown, listen to Ruby Ridge survivor Randy Weaver, center, at their home in in Plainfield, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

If you're currently in the market for real estate, the Guardian has a find for you: a beautiful hillside home on 100 acres in New Hampshire for $250,000. The slight downside: You might run into some explosives in the area. The home used to belong to Ed and Elaine Brown, a married couple who used the home as a shelter against federal agents for nine months. The pair, who weren't fans of taxes, were convicted of shielding $1.9 million in income over several years. Now, $198,908 in back taxes are owed to the town of Plainfield for the place, the AP reports.

Ed Brown took refuge in the home in January 2007; his wife headed there in April of that year. The two weren't arrested until October. In the intervening months, they carried assault rifles and prepared pipe bombs, the Guardian notes. A court later found that the site contained "a vast supply of explosives, firearms, and ammunition, including rifles, armor piercing bullets, pipe bombs, and bombs nailed to trees." An auction this past August saw no bidders for the home, which a buyer would have to purchase without touring it, thanks to the possible traps. Another auction is due soon. (If danger isn't your thing, you could perhaps purchase this house for the price of a smartphone.)

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