Florida ‘Sovereign Citizen’ (And Former Fugitive) Who Waged Intimidation Campaign Sentenced To 78 Months In Federal Prison; Larry M. Myers Sent ‘Threatening Communications’ And Obstructed Justice

Larry M. Myers, a self-described “sovereign citizen” and fugitive who remained on the lam for 14 years before his August 2011 arrest, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison.

Myers, 63, was found guilty by a jury on Valentine’s Day of conspiracy, mailing threatening communications in a bid to extort and obstructing justice.

In March, the office of the Treasury Inspector General For Tax Administration (TIGTA) described Myers as member of a bogus entity known as “The Constitutional Court of We The People In and For The United States of America.”

The entity also was known as the “Constitutional Common Law Court” and “The Supreme Court of the Constitutional Court of We the People — In and For the united [sic] States of America.”

Known informally as CLC, the confabulations were “pseudo-judicial, non-governmental, and unofficial enterprise[s], created and established in 1992 in Tampa, Florida,” TIGTA said.

“Myers and his co-conspirators mailed a CLC arrest warrant to a Chief Judge of a Florida State court,” TIGTA said. “They also issued a CLC contempt of court order and ‘militia’ arrest warrant to a District Judge. By use of threats and threatening communications, Myers and co-conspirators attempted to influence, intimidate, obstruct, and impede jurors and officers in and of the Courts of the United States. For instance, they endeavored to intimidate a jury panel with a CLC ‘contempt of court order,’ in which they threatened arrest by ‘militia’ for alleged acts of treason.”

The office of U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill of the Middle District of Florida described Myers as president of the so-called “Pinellas Patriots” in the Tampa region.

“He claimed that he was not a citizen of the United States, but a so-called sovereign citizen who was not subject to U.S. statutory laws,” O’Neill’s office said. “Myers participated in a sham ‘Common Law Court’ in a number of capacities, including as a ‘judge’ and a ‘militia enforcement officer.’ Between March 1994 and March 1996, Myers participated in a conspiracy with others, to obstruct justice by conveying threatening communications to state and federal judges, petit and grand jurors, and others, in order to obtain federal rulings in criminal cases, dismissals of indictments and release from incarceration for individuals who had been lawfully convicted.”

U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday ordered the 78-month sentence.

TIGTA and the FBI led the probe.

Curtis Richmond, a mainstay in the AdSurfDaily Ponzi scheme story, was a member of a similar sham entity in Utah.

A website linked to an emerging HYIP known as JSS Tripler/JustBeenPaid has showcased videos of purported Alaska “sovereign citizen” and “militia” leader Francis Schaeffer Cox. Cox and others are on trial amid allegations they hatched a plot against government officials.

Cox allegedly participated in a so-called common-law court that operated at a Denny’s Restaurant.

The sham entity with which Richmond was associated was known derisively as the “Arby’s Indians” because it once held a meeting at an Arby’s restaurant in Utah. Richmond was sued successfully under the federal RICO statute, and once was found guilty of contempt in California for threatening federal judges.

In a Utah case involving Richmond, a bogus lien for $250 million was placed against a county attorney and a false claim for $300,000 was made against a Family Services worker in the state. The bogus “tribe” conducted a “Supreme Court” that used the address of a Utah doughnut shop and also relied on a bogus “arbitration” panel to make mischief in the state.

Richmond repeatedly sought to intervene in the ASD case, at one time accusing the judge overseeing the case of “treason” and suggesting she and federal prosecutors were guilty of dozens of felonies.

Richmond’s theory of the ASD case was that the government was guilty of interfering in commerce. The U.S. Secret Service described ASD as an international Ponzi scheme that had gathered at least $110 million from the small town of Quincy in northern Florida.

Kenneth Wayne Leaming, another ASD story mainstay and purported “sovereign citizen,” is jailed near Seattle on charges of filing bogus liens against at least five public officials involved in the ASD case.

 

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