DEVELOPING STORY: Tina M. Hall, VP Of Firm Linked To Kenneth Wayne Leaming, Had Notary License Revoked For ‘Professional Misconduct’; Woman With Same Name Sought To Intervene In AdSurfDaily Case
The state of Washington revoked the notary license of Tina M. Hall of Spanaway last month for “professional misconduct,” according to the Department of Licensing.
Hall also is listed as vice president of American International Business Law Inc., a Spanaway company some AdSurfDaily members have said is performing legal work for a group of members.
Separately, a woman identified as Tina M. Hall was denied leave to file pleadings in the AdSurfDaily forfeiture case by U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer on Jan. 27, 2010, and Feb. 12, 2010, according to the docket of the case. Each of the denied filings was styled “Claim by Notary Presentment.”
Hall’s notary license was revoked about eight months later, according to records. Why the state took the action was not immediately clear. An entry on the state’s website notes a “finding” of professional misconduct and a revocation until March 3, 2015.
The nature of the pleadings Hall apparently attempted to file in the ASD case was not immediately clear. Several weeks earlier, on Jan. 4, 2010, Collyer issued a forfeiture order that granted the government title to more than $65.8 million seized by the U.S. Secret Service from the personal bank accounts of ASD President Andy Bowdoin in August 2008.
“Kenneth Wayne,” whose full given name is Kenneth Wayne Leaming, is listed as president of American International. The court docket in the ASD case shows that “Kenneth Wayne” was denied leave to file by Collyer on July 2, 2010. The denied pleading was styled “Notice of Final Determination and Judgment by Christian Oesch and Kenneth Wayne.”
Oesch earlier had sought to intervene in the case by filing a pleading styled “MOTION to Set Aside Forfeiture & Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000 as Facts and Law will Prove.” Collyer denied the motion.
Dozens of pro-se litigants sought unsuccessfully to intervene in the ASD case.
Leaming, who goes by the nickname “Keny,” is believed to be the author of a purported “legal opinion” that some ASD members are using to discourage victims from filing a claim for restitution through the official claims administrator.
Although Leaming advertised himself as a lawyer and published a fee structure of $250 an hour or $150 an hour for prepaid clients on websites operated by Justia.com, Oyez.org and Cornell University Law School, he does not appear to be a licensed attorney. Justia, Oyez and Cornell subsequently removed the listings, which used an address in Spanaway and the name of American International.
Research by the PP Blog suggests Leaming began publishing the ad just days after Collyer denied him leave to file on July 2. The Washington State Bar Association sent Leaming a letter in 2005 that accused him of the unauthorized practice of law and being physically and emotionally abusive toward a notary public and coercing her to notarize documents.
A document dubbed “Evidence of Name and Nationality” with Leaming’s full name (first, middle and last) and purported likeness appears online. The photo used in the document is similar to the photo used in the now-removed ads on the Justia, Oyez and Cornell websites. Using exceptionally formal language and stilted prose, the document purports to explain why Leaming drops his surname except for “familial” use.
“On or about 20 December A.D. 1955 Edna Lottie and Raymond Roy, family LEAMING, begot an offspring son as a gift granted by the Almighty Creator, only known as ‘I Am’, granted it the proper name Kenneth Wayne, and the Nationality of an American National,” the document reads.
“Kenneth Wayne also inherited the right to the family name LEAMING according to the historic practice of customs and usages,” the document continues. “Kenneth Wayne, having knowledge of the historic practice of customs and usages, and to avoid the confusion inherent in only being known as a son of ‘I Am’, presents himself according to is given name ‘Kenneth Wayne’ when acting as and for himself, and elects to only reference the family name (surname) when acting in a familial capacity.”