November 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

GRAND JUNCTION, [CO]--A 41-year-old man who sexually assaulted three children in 2014 was convicted of more than a dozen counts by a Mesa County jury on Friday. Dax Ace Anderson pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault and multiple other sentence-enhancing counts after his arrest in 2015. Anderson, who espouses anti-government beliefs associated with so-called "sovereign citizens," never once appeared before the jury during his trial before Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison, although he filed multiple hand-written letters and motions with the court. Mesa County prosecutor Jennifer Springer wrote in an email that she was grateful to jurors on the case, which involved victim test  

November 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

ST. JOHNS PARISH, [LA]--A judge has decided to move the most high-profile murder trial in recent St. John the Baptist Parish history to St. Martin Parish. Judge J. Sterling Snowdy, of 40th Judicial District Court, announced the move last month for the scheduled Feb. 15 trial of Brian Smith, who faces the death penalty if convicted. He is accused of having a role in a 2012 shootout that killed two Sheriff’s Office deputies. Snowdy had approved a change of venue in March, calling the St. John Courthouse “the heart of controversy” for the defendant. The judge chose St. Martin Parish after a visit to the area. Snowdy’s ruling was in response to a motion filed in 2014 by Richard Bourke, t  

November 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

TAMPA, [FL]--Two years ago, Realtor Rod Banks put a vacant home in Valrico on the market. One day, when he stopped by to check on the house, it was vacant no more. Someone had moved in, along with roomfuls of furniture. There were sofas, throw pillows and a cocktail table in the living room. Paintings hung on the walls. One bedroom had been transformed into a cozy den. To Banks' surprise, a woman who was clearly living in the spacious pool home produced a deed showing she owned it. Except that she didn't. The deed was a fraud. As recent cases show, however, detecting fraud is often just a first step. Then it can take months to straighten out title issues so the property can legally be sold.  

November 21, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

BRADENTON, [FL]--More than two years after warrants were issued for his arrest, James Sims appeared in court with more than $1 million in bonds keeping him in jail. Sims, 59, of Palmetto, appeared before Circuit Judge Robert Farrance via video conference Tuesday from the Manatee County jail. Jail records show he was being held on $1.5 million in bonds after being served with warrants for violating his supervised release. Sims was on supervised release for other cases pending before the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. He was served with warrants in those cases on Sept. 18 — more than two years after they were issued on Sept. 11, 2015. Sims also did not call supervised release officials to not  

November 19, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

GREENSBORO, [NC]--Preparer Hassie Demond Nowlin, a.k.a. Demond Nowlin and Brilliant Knowlin, 44, has been sentenced to 37 months in prison for corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS, filing a fraudulent return and bankruptcy fraud. According to documents and information provided to the court, during 2008 and 2009 Nowlin filed several fraudulent federal returns that included fake income and withholding taxes and sought more than $750,000 in fraudulent refunds. He also filed documents with local county authorities purporting to renounce his U.S. citizenship and proclaiming to be a sovereign citizen. Between 2008 and 2010, the IRS assessed taxes, penalties and interest against Nowlin related  

November 16, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

GREENSBORO, [NC]--A Greensboro man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to more than 3 years in prison for obstructing the Internal Revenue Service, filing a fraudulent tax returns and bankruptcy fraud. Hassie Demond Nowlin, aka Demond Nowlin and Brilliant Knowlin, 44, filed several fraudulent tax returns with the IRS that included fake income and withholding taxes and sought more than $750,000 in fraudulent refunds, according to a Department of Justice news release. In addition, Nowlin filed documents with the Guilford County Register of Deeds purporting to renounce his U.S. citizenship and proclaiming to be a sovereign citizen. Between 2008 and 2010, the IRS assessed taxes, penalties an  

November 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

INDIANAPOLIS, [IN]--Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle has tried to argue that he’s a “sovereign citizen,” claiming a federal court that convicted him on child pornography and sexual conduct involving minors did not have the authority to do it. Fogle filed a motion on his own earlier this month in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Indiana, saying he wanted to correct an “error” regarding subject matter jurisdiction in the case. His defense? That he is a sovereign citizen — a group the FBI calls “a domestic terrorist movement,” believing “federal, state, and local governments operate illegally.” In his motion, Fogle pointed to a “friend of the court” brie  

November 14, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

FOND DU LAC, [WI]--Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 36-year-old Menasha man on 8 outstanding arrest warrants over the weekend after a tailgating incident on I-41. A man who identified himself as “Mustafa” was trailing other vehicles staying 3 to 5 feet behind them. When he was stopped he told deputies he was a “sovereign citizen and traveler” and not subject to government statutes. Under his real name he was wanted on multiple warrants for resisting an officer, drunken driving, fleeing an officer and other offenses. View More>>  

November 9, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

ORLANDO, [FL]--Orlando police have arrested two women who they say tried to hinder an investigation into a young girl being sexually battered. Antonio Thomas was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with sexual battery on a child under 12, molestation, child abuse and other charges, according to officials with the Orlando Police Department. The 11-year-old victim called police Aug. 21 to report she was being sexually abused by Thomas over a period of time, according to a police report. When police responded, they said they saw Thomas run out of the neighborhood, get into a yellow cab and flee. Officers said they were able to stop the cab and make an arrest. During the arrest, Thomas told police he   

November 9, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Sovereign Citizen Movement

SALINA, [KS]--A man who says he is a sovereign citizen with diplomatic immunity from the free and independent Lakota nation appeared in Saline County District Court Thursday to hear that he now faces a fourth charge for refusing to provide his DNA as ordered by the court. Ni’i’ Ne’e’, 43, who a probable cause affidavit identified as living in Pinon, Ariz., said he entered “moot” when asked for a plea. Thompson entered a not guilty plea for him and set it for jury trial at 9 a.m. Feb. 13, the date he is scheduled to appear on previous charges. Ni’i’ Ne’e’ has been held in Saline County Jail since July 25, after a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper pulled him over on Interstate