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Sovereign citizens believe the government isoperating outside of its jurisdiction and generally donot recognize federal, state, or local laws, policies, or governmental regulations. They subscribe to anumber of conspiracy theories, including a prevalenttheory which states the United States Government(USG) became bankrupt and began using citizens ascollateral in trade agreements with foreigngovernments. They believe secret bank accounts exist at the United States (US) Department of the Treasury. These accounts can be accessed using Internal Revenue Service (IRS), UniversalCommercial Code (UCC), and fraudulent financial documents.Sovereign citizens are known to travel the country conducting training seminars on debtelimination schemes. The seminars focus on obtaining funds from a secret “Strawman” accountusing legitimate IRS forms, UCC forms, and fraudulent financial documents. Sovereign citizens believe once the documentation is filed, they gain access to their “Strawman” account with theTreasury Department
.The purpose of this primer is to assist law enforcement in the identification of sovereign citizenextremist activity to prevent, detect, and/or deter acts associated with sovereign citizen criminalactivity.
Sample Fraudulent Law Enforcement Badge(Source: policemag.com)
In this report, “sovereign citizen” is used to reference individuals who declare their sovereignty from the United States by overtly filing fraudulent documents or committing other criminal activity.
In this report “Treasury Department” is used to reference the United States Department of the Treasury.
Sovereign citizens are:
A network of looselyaffiliated individuals
Living within the United States
Who believe federal, state,and local governments areoperating illegitimately