James Timothy Turner, one of those infamous “sovereign citizens” who thinks he doesn’t have to follow the law because the government is some grand Illimunati conspiracy or something, has been convicted by a federal jury of a whole bunch of charges:
Court filings and other evidence at the trial showed how Turner went around the country in 2008 and 2009, holding seminars where he showed people how to submit fictitious bonds to the government in payment of federal taxes. Witnesses said Turner used “special paper, financial terminology, and elaborate borders” to make his bonds look real. Turner himself once sent a $300 million bond in his own name to the Treasury Department. Turner also taught people how to file retaliatory liens against government officials who got in the way of the fake bond process.
The FBI started looking into Turner in 2010, after he and three other people sent letters to all the governors of all 50 states in the actual United States, ordering each to resign within three days or be “removed.”
I find these groups mostly hilarious, like Kent Hovind and Glenn Stoll. They really believe this crap, apparently, and they love to organize these quasi-legal proceedings like “citizen grand juries” to “indict” people they disagree with. It’s just a big game of dress up, but with consequences when they run afoul of the actual law instead of the fake ones they believe in.