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Randall David Due Convicted of Filing False Liens Against Federal Officials

Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters by Bill Morlin on September 8, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Justice Department prosecutors — waging a legal fight against sovereign citizens in America’s Heartland — have won a conviction against a man who filed false liens seeking to legally tie up personal property of various federal officials.

Randall David Due, of Pelham, Ga., was convicted Thursday in Omaha, Neb., of seven counts of conspiracy to file and filing false liens against two federal judges, three federal prosecutors and a criminal investigator with the Internal Revenue Service. The defendant faces the likelihood of several years in prison when he’s sentenced in December.

Due was accused of directing co-defendant Donna Kozak and another woman of filing bogus liens totaling $18.9 million against the home and property of U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Smith Camp.

Due prepared the false liens at his home in Georgia and directed Kozak and Collins to file the documents in Boyd County, Neb., where the federal judge presided over a 2012 trial of two antigovernment tax protesters.

Kozak, Due’s co-defendant, awaits sentencing after being convicted Aug. 1 by a federal jury in Omaha of two counts of conspiring to file false liens against federal officials’ property.

The sovereign citizen filings directed by Due – with the potential of causing economic hardship for those targeted with the “paper terrorism” – came three days before Judge Camp sentenced two antigovernment tax protesters.

The false filings also attempted to encumber the property of U.S. District Court Judge John Gerrard, U.S. Attorney Deborah Gilg, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Douglas Semisch and Michael Norris and IRS Special Agent Ashley Thompson.

The court clerk’s office show Due didn’t back off after he was indicted, continuing his barrage of paper terrorism against the U.S. government and its officials, filing most of the nearly 500 separate document filings in the expansive court case.

At one point, he wrote that “Randall David Due, in the Flesh and Blood in Proper Person, do not consent to be an accessory party to Fraud … and/or violation of my certain un-a-lien-able Rights endowed by my Creator and secured by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and by our soldiers who swear an Oath to defend this Nation and its Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.”

But after Due’s conviction last week, trial judge Robert T. Dawson ordered an end to the foolishness. “Because of the overwhelming number of filings of documents, pleadings, notices, protests, etc. in this case, the Court Clerk is instructed to not file any document or anything within this file unless it has been approved for filing by the undersigned,” the judge said in his order.

The sovereign citizen filings carried out by Due and other co-conspirators were retaliation for an earlier Justice Department prosecution of two antigovernment tax protesters with sovereign citizen leanings.

David L. Kleensang, 63, and his wife, Bernita M. Kleensang, 61, both of Hays Springs, Neb., were convicted of attempting to defraud the U.S. government out of $49 million. They were sentenced to six-year prison terms in 2012.

At their trial, prosecutors convinced a jury that the Kleensangs had not filed any tax returns from 2003 to 2006 and 2008 through 2011. In “do-it-yourself” lawsuits that are typical of sovereign citizens, the Kleensangs said they did not have to file tax returns because they were not federal employees and didn’t live in the District of Columbia.

However, in 2008, the Kleensangs filed 67 returns with the IRS, demanding refunds ranging from $2.5 million to $5 million. The Kleensangs claimed they made the filings to “get justice” and compensation for lawsuits they filed in state courts.

 

Trial Set for Sovereign ‘Elder’ in New York Accused of Tax Fraud

Posted in Extremist Crime, Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters, Trial Updates by Ryan Lenz on October 14, 2013 - 3:41 pm

A federal trial is slated to begin this week in Albany, N.Y., for an orthodontist long considered an “elder” in the antigovernment “sovereign citizens” movement and who now faces charges of filing bogus tax returns between 2007 and 2010 in an effort to collect millions in refunds.

Glenn Richard Unger, 62, who often uses the alias “Dr. Sam Kennedy,” is accused of trying to obtain $36 million from the IRS through bogus tax returns. Federal prosecutors have also accused him of scamming another orthodontist, according to the Times Union of Albany.

In 2006, according to prosecutors, Unger told Dr. William O’Donnell that he was giving up his dental practice to do “missionary work” and take care of his ill wife. ( continue to full post… )

President of ‘Sovereign Citizens’ Group Convicted of Tax Crimes

Posted in Antigovernment, Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters, Trial Updates by Ryan Lenz on March 22, 2013 - 5:02 pm

A federal jury on Friday convicted James Timothy Turner, one of the nation’s most prominent antigovernment “sovereign citizens,” on 10 tax fraud charges stemming from seminars he held between 2007 and 2009 that purported to teach people how to tap into “secret” government accounts to pay their tax bills.

Turner, 57, of Ozark, Ala., gave a half-hearted wave as U.S. Marshals took him into custody after the guilty verdict was read today in Montgomery, Ala. He faces as many as 168 years in prison when he is sentenced in U.S. District Court this summer.

Turner was convicted of using a fictitious financial instrument, purportedly valued at $300 million, to pay his own taxes and of assisting others who wanted to get out of paying their taxes with similar “bonds” that he claimed would draw on government accounts. ( continue to full post… )

Sovereign Citizen ‘President’ Indicted for Tax Crimes

Posted in Antigovernment, Extremist Crime, Patriot Groups, Sovereign Citizens, Tax Protesters by Ryan Lenz on September 18, 2012 - 4:33 pm

James Timothy Turner, the self-styled “president” of the Republic for the united States of America (RuSA), was indicted today on charges of conspiracy to defraud the federal government and several other tax charges, including attempting to pay taxes with a fictitious financial instrument and attempting to obstruct an Internal Revenue Service investigation.

Based in the southeast Alabama town of Ozark, Turner heads what is likely the largest and most organized group of antigovernment “sovereign citizens” in the country. ( continue to full post… )

Austin Killer Becoming a Hero to the Radical Right

Posted in Extremist Crime, Tax Protesters by Mark Potok on February 19, 2010 - 1:39 pm

In the hours since a man enraged at the government slammed his small plane into an Austin, Tex., IRS building, white supremacists and their fellow travelers have elevated Joseph Andrew Stack into an icon of resistance to tyranny.

“The Guy is a true HERO!!!” wrote “northroad” on Stormfront.org, the largest white supremacist Web forum in the world. “God bless him,” chimed in “Rudyard,” following a comment by “suepeace”: “This was quite heroic. There is a gradual awakening underway. I wonder how racially conscious he was.”

Shortly after Stack slammed his Piper PA-28 into the IRS building Thursday morning, killing himself and one IRS worker and injuring another 13 people, a manifesto the man apparently wrote just before the attack came to light. In it, Stack bitterly railed against a wide variety of targets — big business, corporate executives, unions, the Catholic Church, the recent bailouts of various industries, and more — but he kept coming back to the alleged evils of American government in general and, more specifically, the Internal Revenue Service and tax law. That made him a hero in the eyes of many on the radical right — so-called tax protesters — who have long believed that federal taxes were illegal or simply voluntary. Although many tax protesters who call themselves “sovereign citizens” subscribe to a racist ideology, there was no indication that Stack entertained racist ideas.

Nevertheless, white supremacists were thoroughly excited by his attack. “I can feel the crunch coming,” wrote “Lady Spirit Warrior,” another poster on Stormfront. “This is just the beginning. Prepare for battle!” “Things are heating up in America,” added “Astragoth.” “This man won’t be the last to do something like this.”

“Leshrac,” writing at another radical Web forum, the neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network, said: “Only bad I see about this is that he didn’t kill enough.” ( continue to full post… )

‘Liberty Dollar’ Creator Seeks Greener Grass

Posted in Tax Protesters by Larry Keller on January 6, 2009 - 5:52 pm

For many years he was the “monetary architect” of the “Liberty dollar,” much beloved by antigovernment “Patriots.” Nowadays, Bernard von NotHaus may be singing the lyrics of the 1970 Brewer & Shipley tune: “One toke over the line sweet Jesus …”

After running afoul of federal authorities over his alternative currency scheme, von NotHaus has embarked on a more ethereal venture, the Free Marijuana Church of Honolulu, where he is the “high priest.” Church members step into the “High Room” for one toke of marijuana, then retire to a meditation room “in serene bliss,” according to a church press release.

Von NotHaus, 64, says he once was friends with psychedelic drug proponent Timothy Leary, but he’s best known among radical right “Patriots” for creating “American Liberty currency” in money certificate denominations of $1, $5 and $10 starting in 1998. The certificates were backed by stocks of silver and gold stored in Idaho, von NotHaus said. The currency is popular with extreme-right tax protesters and members of the radical “sovereign citizen” movement, who maintain that the federal government has no right to tax or otherwise regulate them, as well as those who believe that the Federal Reserve, America’s central bank, is run by a private body for personal profit.

Fourteen months ago, federal agents seized two tons of copper coins featuring Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul and 500 pounds of silver from a Liberty Dollars warehouse, and raided the company’s Evansville, Ind., headquarters after the U.S. Mint issued a public warning to consumers and businesses that using Liberty Dollars in lieu of U.S. currency was a crime. While von NotHaus feared he might be arrested on allegations of violating federal laws prohibiting the private manufacturing of currency, he was not criminally charged. He has always insisted that Liberty Dollars are a voluntary barter currency, not “legal tender,” “current money” or “coin.”

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