On July 4, 1776, our Founding Fathers adopted a Declaration of Independence that declared that the King of Great Britain had established an absolute tyranny by, among other grievances, “imposing Taxes on us without our Consent.” So perhaps on this Independence Day, we should recognize former Chargers tackle Charles Loewen as a patriot.

Or perhaps we should call him a convicted felon. That’s what he is now, having pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the United States and filing a false claim for a tax refund. Loewen created fake tax documents designed to make it look like the IRS owed him refunds totaling $2,353,173.22. Unfortunately for Loewen, the IRS didn’t simply cut him a check for the money he said he was due. Instead, the IRS examined the documents, found them fraudulent, and criminally charged him.