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    Sovereign Citizens - A Growing Threat

    Patrick Pretty Blog featured this article and I had shared it on my FB page:

    Purported Alabama ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Jailed On Felony Charge; Sheriff Says She Filed False Document Against Obama Cabinet Official

    Sovereign Citizens
    A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement
    By the FBI’s Counterterrorism Analysis Section

    They could be dismissed as a nuisance, a loose network of individuals living in the United States who call themselves “sovereign citizens” and believe that federal, state, and local governments operate illegally. Some of their actions, although quirky, are not crimes. The offenses they do commit seem minor: They do not pay their taxes and regularly create false license plates, driver’s licenses, and even
    currency.

    However, a closer look at sovereign citizens’ more severe crimes, from financial scams to impersonating or threatening law enforcement officials, gives reason for concern. If someone challenges (e.g., a standard traffic stop for false license plates) their ideology, the behavior of these sovereign-citizen extremists quickly can escalate to violence. Since 2000, lone-offender sovereign-citizen extremists have killed six law enforcement officers. In 2010, two Arkansas police officers stopped sovereign-citizen extremists Jerry Kane and his 16-year-old son Joseph during a routine traffic stop on Interstate 40. Joseph Kane jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire with an AK-47 assault rifle, killing both officers.

    The sovereign-citizen threat likely will grow as the nationwide movement is fueled by the Internet, the economic downturn, and seminars held across the country that spread their ideology and show people how they can tap into funds and eliminate debt through fraudulent methods. As sovereign citizens’ numbers grow, so do the chances of contact with law enforcement and, thus, the risks that incidents will end in violence. Law enforcement and judicial officials must understand the sovereign-citizen movement, be able to identify indicators, and know how to protect themselves from the group’s threatening tactics.


    FBI — Sovereign Citizens

    ◾In Sacramento, California, two sovereign-citizen extremists were convicted of running a fraudulent insurance scheme, operating a company completely outside of state insurance regulatory authorities. The men sold “lifetime memberships” to customers and promised to pay any accident claims against members. The company collected millions of dollars, but paid only small auto insurance claims and ignored large ones.4
    ◾In Kansas City, Missouri, three sovereign-citizen extremists were convicted in a phony diplomatic credential scandal. They charged customers between $450 and $2,000 for a diplomatic identification card that bestowed “sovereign status,” supposedly to enjoy diplomatic immunity from paying taxes and from stops and arrests by law enforcement.5
    ◾In Las Vegas, Nevada, four men affiliated with the sovereign-citizen-extremist movement were arrested by the Nevada Joint Terrorism Task Force on federal money laundering, tax evasion, and weapons charges. The undercover investigation revealed that two of the suspects allegedly laundered more than a million dollars and collected fees for their services.6


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    Weaver woman charged for filing false liens; U.S. Treasury Secretary among those targeted

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    Mary Whiteside Quillen, 65


    A Calhoun County woman has been arrested for filing false liens against public officials, according a news release from Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

    Mary Whiteside Quillen, 65, Weaver, was arrested Tuesday and charged with offering a false instrument for record. Entrekin said Quillen filed several frivolous documents against government officials in a lien, including U.S. Department of the Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew. She filed the lien in the Etowah County Probate Judge’s office.


    Weaver woman charged for filing false liens; U.S. Treasury Secretary among those targeted | GadsdenTimes.com
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    Re: Sovereign Citizens - A Growing Threat

    Had some things I googled to throw in Scratchy, but got caught up elsewhere in scamville. I found this today, sort of creative on these blokes part.

    This is certainly anecdotal on my part, but it seems like every time these anti government folks come to the fore the people yelling the loudest turn out to have some dependency on government. In this case the guy had worked for the State, was accused of doing personal work on state time, and still receives a $12,000 pension. Leaves me shaking my head.


    Anti-government defendants on trial, accused in $8 million IRS scam | cleveland.com

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    on July 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM, updated July 29, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    gavel.JPGDon Gooch and Gerard Scott are on trial in U.S. District Court, charged with conspiracy against the U.S. Government.Plain Dealer file photo

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Two anti-government “sovereign citizens” accused of tricking the IRS into issuing them $8 million in tax refunds are challenging prosecutors to prove the accusations in a trial that began today in U.S. District Court.

    U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent began questioning potential jurors this morning, seeking to seat a 12-member panel to hear the case against Don Gooch, 64, a former Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation employee from East Cleveland, and co-defendant Gerard Scott of Cleveland.

    In June, Gooch and Scott were charged in a five-count indictment with conspiracy and making false claims to the federal government. Both have pleaded not guilty.

    According to the indictment, Gooch used some of the cash to buy a $93,000 Range Rover. He and Scott also bought $100,000 worth of gold and silver coins, the indictment charges.

    Scott attempted, but failed, to buy a $487,000 home in Aurora and a $164,000 Porsche before he and Gooch were caught, the indictment states.

    The indictment accuses Gooch and Scott of creating a phony trust and then falsely reporting to the IRS that the trust had withheld $17 million in income taxes for two individuals, a trust and a holding company.

    The $17 million, if it existed, was never turned over to the IRS, the indictment says.

    The conspirators then filed false income tax returns in the names of the two people, the trust and the holding company, according to the indictment, resulting in the IRS issuing four checks, for $249,430; $267,302; and two for $3.6 million each.

    The 10-page document does not specify how much of the federal money has been recovered. The total losses and amount recovered will be addressed later, an IRS spokesman said.

    Gooch had worked as a $53,000-a-year claims specialist in a Bureau of Workers' Compensation office in Garfield Heights until 2010, when the Ohio inspector general's office accused him of doing personal work on state time.

    Gooch said in court Wednesday that the bureau placed him on paid leave, and he is now receiving $12,000 per year in retirement benefits.
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    Re: Sovereign Citizens - A Growing Threat

    Thanks Ribshaw!! Just saw your comments!

    PPBlog made announcement today:

    BULLETIN: James Timothy Turner, Purported ‘President’ Of Purported ‘Republic for the united States of America’ (RuSA), Sentenced To 18 Years In Federal Prison

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    Tim Turner


    Found some more interesting details on this story:

    USDOJ: US Attorney's Office - Middle District of Alabama


    Self-Proclaimed “President” of Sovereign Citizen Nation Convicted of Federal Tax Crimes

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    March 25, 2013


    Montgomery, Alabama - After a five-day trial, a federal jury in Montgomery, Ala., found James Timothy Turner, 57, also known as Tim Turner, of Skipperville, Alabama guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States, attempting to pay taxes with fictitious financial instruments, attempting to obstruct and impede the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), failing to file a 2009 federal income tax return, and falsely testifying under oath in a bankruptcy proceeding, announced Sandra J. Stewart, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama.

    The FBI began an investigation after Turner and three other individuals sent demands to all fifty governors in the United States ordering each governor to resign within three days or be “removed.” The FBI’s investigation revealed that Turner was the self-proclaimed “President” of the so-called sovereign citizen group “Republic for the united States of America” (“RuSA”). As “President,” Turner traveled the country in 2008 and 2009 teaching others how to defraud the IRS by preparing and submitting fictitious “bonds” to the United States government in payment of federal taxes. Witnesses at trial testified that Turner used special paper, financial terminology, and elaborate borders in an effort to make the fake bonds look “real” and thus, more likely to succeed in defrauding the IRS.

    Turner was convicted of sending a $300 million “bond” in his own name and of aiding and abetting others in sending fifteen other “bonds” to the Treasury Department to pay taxes and other debts. The evidence at trial also established that Turner taught people how to file retaliatory liens against government officials who interfered with the processing of fictitious “bonds.” Turner himself actually filed a purported $17.6 billion maritime lien in Montgomery County, Alabama, Probate Court against another individual.

    “The jury’s verdict in this case sends a message that defrauding the government and others through the use of bogus financial documents will not be tolerated,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division Kathryn Keneally. “Disagreement with the law is no excuse for the real harm caused by these self-interested tax defiers.”

    “These sovereign citizen groups use these retaliatory tax liens and fraudulent tax schemes as weapons against the United States and its citizens, stated Acting U.S. Attorney Sandra J. Stewart. It is only the hard work of law enforcement that can stop these criminals from using these financial weapons. I would like to thank the law enforcement officers who worked vigilantly on this case to bring this criminal to justice.”

    "The prosecution of individuals who intentionally impede the IRS by submitting fictitious and frivolous documents, in an attempt to avoid paying federal taxes, is a vital element in maintaining public confidence in our tax system,” stated Veronica Hyman-Pillot, Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation. “Hopefully the verdict today will send a message to other individuals like Turner, that this conduct will not be tolerated.”

    “This joint investigation exemplifies the government’s commitment to investigate and prosecute those, who through tax schemes, attempt to cheat and steal from the government,” stated Stephen Richardson, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Mobile Division.

    Turner remains in federal custody pending sentencing. Turner faces a potential maximum prison term of 164 years, a maximum potential fine of $2,350,000, and mandatory restitution.

    This case was investigated by special agents of the FBI and IRS – Criminal Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Tax Division Trial Attorney Justin Gelfand and Middle District of Alabama Assistant U.S. Attorney Gray Borden.


    Anyone remember NeSara?? It was highly talked about on the Mountain in Adlandpro.

    NESARA- REPUBLIC RESTORED - Galactic News: Republic - Awareness perTim Turner

    The purpose of this document is to raise awareness regarding a devious and dangerous plot to subvert the Government of the United States. A man named James Timothy (Tim) Turner, of Skipperville, Alabama, is the supposed President of a cult-like movement known as “The Republic for the united States of America”. Refer to the attached “Overview” document for a brief history of this movement.
    Mr. Turner is a self-proclaimed oracle of God, and presents himself as a strong Evangelical Christian who has been appointed by God to free the nation from its bondage to the Government. Membership in the movement numbers only a few hundred confused souls who truly believe Mr. Turner’s claims, but the potential damage goes far beyond the small group of adherents. Mr. Turner intends to hand-deliver a Declaration of Sovereign Intent to the World Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on or around the 20th of this month (December, 2010). Attached is the foundational document from which the present Declaration was developed.
    The Declaration is a secret document and has not been read or viewed by anyone who has not signed it. It was finalized during a recent meeting of the movement’s delegates in Utah (see “Overview”), but one of the delegates took notes that had to be smuggled out of the facility. The note’s author states: “Please remember that this is an abbreviated version of the document that was signed in Utah. The notes were made just so the items could be remembered later. We were under strict rule to NOT take any form of this document out of the building we were being held in.”
    The stated intent of the Declaration is: . . . for the abolishment of and to bar The United States Corporation and all sub corporations and agencies from any actions against members of the Republic within our borders and to give the non members a place they can go outside of our borders. The key points of the final Declaration are as follows:


    1. Adopt the King James Version of the Holy Bible as the divine law.
    2. We claim, accept, and adapt jurisdiction over all things in our jurisdiction.
    3. Adopt the Legislative, Executive, and judicial branches as lawful government structure.
    4. Accept and adopt Article 3, utilizing courts and supreme courts as the only lawful national courts.
    5. Accept the America Rangers as duly authorized law enforcement with the powers to arrest by Article 4.
    6. Accept the current Military as our Military.
    7. Adopt the Name "The Republic For The united States Of America."
    8. Adopt the Post office as means to distribute mail.
    9. Accept and establish a National Treasury and National Banking System.
    10. Make it unlawful for any agency to collect Taxes without the permission of a 2/3 vote of congress.
    11. Unlawful for any agency or elected representative to collect an unlawful debt.
    12. Abolish the authority of The United States.



    The leadership of the "sovereign citizens" movement is populated with men who market a variety of generally nonsensical, and often illegal, schemes to avoid taxes, eliminate debts and extract money from the government. Many of these leaders specialize in the so-called "redemption" scam, a bizarre technique that supposedly allows participants to tap into huge amounts of cash that the government is thought to keep in their name. What follows are short profiles of a dozen of these leaders. The leaders' websites are listed under their names.

    The Sovereigns: Leaders of the Movement | Southern Poverty Law Center

    Barton Albert Buhtz, 70
    Sunland, Calif.

    Samuel Lynn Davis, 55
    Boise, Idaho

    Ronald Delorme, 64
    Bismark, N.D.

    Nature El Bey, 33
    Taj Tarik Bey
    Asbury Park, N.J.

    Roger Elvick, 71
    Lakota, N.D.

    Kurt F. Johnson, 47
    Dale Scott Heineman, 50
    Union City, Calif.

    Winston Shrout, 62
    Santa Clara, Utah

    James Timothy Turner, 54
    Skipperville, Ala.

    Dr. Glenn Richard Unger, 59
    Clifton Park, N.Y.

    You can find all these names and websites in the article. Looks like it does not pay to try and rip off the US Government, now will they check out those billionaires who do it daily??

    Forgot to add Tim Turner was walking on my old stomping grounds back in Bama!!
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    Here we go, Ashtar predicts:

    Ah, at first we were just observers, you know. We were not empowered to actually get in and get involved. That has all changed. We have had some rescue missions that we have engaged in. You all know that 9-11 was perpetrated to stop the announcement of NESARA, and to provide an excuse through all of the lies, and so on, that were told, to institute some very harsh unconstitutional - in the United States of America - laws.

    "And we are pleased to hear that there might be a retroactive recusal.* You can look up and see where that might go back to, because that would perhaps nullify whatever recent decisions have come out of that body that you call the Supreme Court. It might make it absolutely illegal - as it is now on a Galactic scale, immoral and unethical - for some of the doings that have been done recently, specifically the purchasing of politicians and states, and so on.
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    I remember asking what the heck was NESARA and friend Myrna Ferguson was prompt to explain about the Galactic project, whatever... I think CEO Bogdan Fiedur wrote about this also...
    A Galactic Society – The Fulfillment of the American Declaration of Independence
    Ashtar has a Facebook page, oh really...


    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashta...227386?sk=wall

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    Someone sent me an email on a different matter, and this happened to pop up.

    This is not necessarily part of the Sovereign Movement, but is indicative of the types of tax scams that get pitched to the public, including Sovereigns. As a general rule, companies like NADN charge a few thousand dollars under the premise they can protect you from taxes, or hide your assets. Good luck with that, ask Irwin Schiff or Wade Cook how that turned out. Even top tier accounting firms end up in court and at times lose to the IRS. Son of Boss comes to mind. Son of Boss - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



    #738: 11-9-04 COURT ENJOINS EIGHT PERSONS TIED TO DEFUNCT TELEMARKETING FIRM

    COURT ENJOINS EIGHT PERSONS TIED TO DEFUNCT TELEMARKETING FIRM

    National Audit Defense Network’s Tax Scams Alleged to Cost Treasury Hundreds of Millions

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Department announced today that a federal court in Las Vegas has entered injunction orders against eight individuals related to a now-defunct telemarketing firm, Las Vegas-based National Audit Defense Network, known as NADN.

    The orders include a preliminary injunction against NADN’s former president Weston Coolidge, former general manager Alan Rodrigues, and former manager Adam Mangabang, which bars the three men from selling fraudulent tax schemes and from preparing income tax returns for others. The court also entered a similar preliminary injunction against a related company, ALR, Inc., doing business as Success Matrix Group, and three associated persons, Lee Panelli, Jeff Klingenberg, and Ric Klingenberg. The court also permanently barred Christine Reid and Mary Orie from preparing false tax documents. All of the defendants consented to the injunctions.

    The court also ordered ALR, Panelli, both Klingenbergs, Reid, and Orie to provide the government with a list containing their customers’ names, telephone numbers, mailing and e-mail addresses, and Social Security or employer identification numbers.

    Court papers filed by the Justice Department estimated that customers using NADN’s tax schemes underpaid $324 million in federal income taxes over a three-year period.

    “The Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service are working together to shut down tax fraud schemes,” said Eileen J. O’Connor, Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s Tax Division. She thanked Tax Division trial attorneys Evan J. Davis, Phyllis Jo Gervasio, and Karen G. Gregory, Tax Division paralegal Marion Goyette, and IRS revenue agents Sue Cutler and David Gordon for their work on this case.

    This case is part of the Justice Department’s “Operation Roaming Charge,” which targets international and domestic telemarketing fraud. Information about Operation Roaming Charge is available at #680: 10-05-04 JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES ‘OPERATION ROAMING CHARGE’ TARGETING INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC TELEMARKETING FRAUD.

    More information about this case, including prior injunction orders and a copy of the complaint and brief in support of motion for preliminary injunction, are available at http://www.usdoj.gov/tax/txdv04233.htm; #309: 05-07-04 COURT BARS ORYAN MANAGEMENT AND FOUR INDIVIDUALS FROM SELLING ABUSIVE TAX SCHEMES and #395: 06-10-04 FEDERAL BANKRUPTCY COURT PERMANENTLY BARS TELEMARKETING FIRM “NATIONAL AUDIT DEFENSE NETWORK” FROM SELLING TAX SCAMS AND PREPARING TAX RETURNS

    More information about the Justice Department’s Tax Division is available at USDOJ: Tax Division.
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