Jailed AdSurfDaily Figure Kenneth Wayne Leaming Sues Obama, Holder; Purported ‘Sovereign Citizen’ Claims President Not A U.S. Citizen And Demands Compensation In ‘Silver’ And ‘Gold’ For Alleged Unlawful Imprisonment
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Jailed near Seattle and awaiting trial in September on charges he filed false liens against at least five public officials involved in the AdSurfDaily Ponzi case, purported “sovereign citizen” Kenneth Wayne Leaming has sued “Barrack Hussein Obama” and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in federal court in the Western District of Washington.
The complaint was written in longhand and names Leaming business associate and fellow federal prisoner David Carroll Stephenson a co-plaintiff. In addition to Obama and Holder, the complaint names as defendants “J. Doe #1 (U.S. Atty)” and “John Does 2-10.”
It is believed that “J. Doe” refers to U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan of the Western District of Washington. Durkan’s office has been involved in the prosecution of a number of purported “sovereign citizens,” including David Russell Myrland. Myrland was convicted last year on charges of threatening the mayor and officials of the Seattle suburb of Kirkland.
After his conviction, Myrland sued federal prosecutors in Washington state, apparently alleging a grammar conspiracy.
Obama, according to the Leaming/Stephenson complaint, is not a U.S. citizen and therefore is ineligible to be President. And because an ineligible President appointed Holder, it follows that Holder is “Personating [sic] the Attorney General of the United States” and therefore “cannot lawfully appoint or delegate authority to “Any United States Attorney.”
It further follows, according to the complaint, that the charges against Leaming and Stephenson brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington should be declared “VOID For FRAUD” because the U.S. Attorney also is “personating” [sic] a federal officer.
In court filings after Leaming’s arrest, the FBI cited a passage from an alleged Leaming email that referenced the children of U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts and their “school.”
“In this email,” the FBI agent who sought Leaming’s arrest wrote, “I believe that LEAMING is offering to file documents on Stephenson’s behalf, including sending them to the Chief Justice, via his minor children.”
Investigators discovered a paperwork trail that linked Leaming and Stephenson to a purported $10 million lien against Harley Lappin, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and a purported lien for $20 million against Dennis R. Smith, the warden of the Federal Correctional Institution in Phoenix.
As the probe that led to Leaming’s arrest proceeded, agents found bogus liens filed in Pierce County, Wash., against other public officials, including at least five officials involved in the ASD Ponzi case. Liens against Mary Peters, the former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and Cutler Dawson, president and CEO of Navy Federal Credit Union, also were discovered.
Leaming and Stephenson are demanding 100 “ounces of .999 fine silver” from each defendant as “compensatory damages ” for each day the government allegedly holds them unlawfully. In addition, they are demanding 1,000 “ounces of .9999 fine gold” from “each defendant” for “Punitive and Exemplary damages.”
With two defendants formally named and 10 “Does,” it appears as if Leaming and Stephenson are demanding 12,000 ounces of gold. Gold is trading at roughly $1,600 an ounce, meaning the duo is asking for about $19.2 million at today’s approximate rate.
Leaming was arrested in November 2011, after an investigation by an FBI Terrorism Task Force. Stephenson — already a federal prisoner at the time of Leaming’s arrest — later was indicted with Leaming on a charge of retaliating against a federal judge or federal law enforcement officer.
In addition to the charges of filing false liens, Leaming also faces charges of harboring two federal fugitives, being a felon in possession of firearms and uttering a bogus “Bonded Promissory Note” with a purported face value of $1 million.
The U.S. Secret Service has described AdSurfDaily as a $110 million Ponzi scheme and a “criminal enterprise.” ASD President Andy Bowdoin is jailed in the District of Columbia, pending formal sentencing Aug. 29 in the ASD Ponzi case.
One of the individuals against whom Leaming allegedly filed false liens is the Secret Service agent who led the ASD investigation. False liens also allegedly were filed against three federal prosecutors who worked on the ASD case and the federal judge who presided over it.
Leaming has a prior federal felony conviction for piloting an aircraft without a license.