Acting U.S. Attorney Edward R. Ryan of the Western District of North Carolina said, “When groups seek to undermine the U.S. currency system, the government is compelled to act. These coins are not government-produced coinage, yet purchasers were led to believe by those who made and sold them that they should be spent like U.S. Federal Reserve Notes. Such claims are in violation of federal law.”
I have never read such blatant nonsense.
Yes, the seek to return the United States to honest Constitutional money. At the very least, this is an exercise in political dissent protected by the First Amendment.
And, any REASONABLE person can instantly distinguish between a “Liberty Dollar” and the a paper Federal Reserve Banknote. Silver and gold are very different from paper.
In order to spend them like a Federal Reserve Note, one would have to have the intent to defraud!
Sorry, this is a political indictment intended to chill any inquiry into the nature of Federal Reserve Banknotes.
And, how is it that the Government has departed from money as defined in the Constitution.
Perhaps, we should be asking “Is the inflation of the value of Federal Reserve Banknotes a government “taking” under the terms of the Fifth Amendment?”
Hopefully, people will see this for what it is. An attempt to keep the people blind to the unConstitutional conduct of their government.
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Acting United States Attorney Edward R. Ryan
Western District of North Carolina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Suellen Pierce
JUNE 3, 2009 704.344.6222
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/ncw Fax: 704.344.6629
FOUR DEFENDANTS INDICTED IN UNLAWFUL COIN OPERATION
Former Executive Director of Liberty Dollar Services, Inc. Charged in Federal Indictment
ASHEVILLE, NC – Bernard von NotHaus, 65, formerly of Evansville, Indiana, and two
additional defendants from Evansville, along with William Kevin Innes, 53, of Asheville, North
Carolina, have been indicted in U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina on
conspiracy and other charges in connection with an alleged unlawful operation to publish,
possess and sell for profit, coins in resemblance and similitude to U.S. coins. All four defendants
are also charged in the alleged conspiracy with uttering and passing, and attempting to utter and
pass, a coin of silver in resemblance of genuine coins of the United States in the denominations
of five dollars and greater, and intended for use as current money. The four are also charged
with one count of mail fraud, while von NotHaus and Innes are both charged in two additional
counts each, with selling and possessing with intent to defraud, Liberty Dollar coins; and with
uttering and passing, and attempting to utter and pass, a coin of silver in resemblance of genuine
coins of the United States of the denominations of five dollars and greater, and intended for use
as current money.
Today’s announcement is made by Acting U.S. Attorney Edward R. Ryan for the Western
District of North Carolina; Owen Harris, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI) in North Carolina, and Van Duncan, Sheriff of Buncombe County, North
Acting U.S. Attorney Edward R. Ryan of the Western District of North Carolina said,
“When groups seek to undermine the U.S. currency system, the government is compelled to act.
These coins are not government-produced coinage, yet purchasers were led to believe by those
who made and sold them that they should be spent like U.S. Federal Reserve Notes. Such claims
are in violation of federal law.”
Defendant William Kevin Innes was arrested on the charges on June 2, 2009, and made
an initial appearance before a federal Magistrate Judge in Asheville today. Innes was ordered
detained pending a detention hearing which is now set for Monday, June 8, 2009 at 9:35 a.m.
before Magistrate Judge David Cayer in the federal courthouse in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bernard von NotHaus, 65, Honolulu, Hawaii
Sarah Jane Bledsoe, 42, Evansville, Indiana
Pending arrestDistrict of North Carolina; Owen Harris,
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Rachelle L. Moseley, 34, Evansville, Indiana
According to the allegations contained in the indictment, which was returned and filed
under seal by a federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 19, 2009, since
1998 NORFED, The National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and Internal
Revenue Codes, together with its officers, members, associates, and customers (collectively
NORFED), has been issuing, disseminating, and placing into circulation, including by use of the
Postal Service and United States mails, the Liberty Dollar in all its forms throughout the United
States and Puerto Rico. The indictment alleges that the purpose of NORFED is to mix Liberty
Dollars into the current money of the United States, and further alleges that NORFED intends for
the Liberty Dollar to be used as current money in order to limit reliance on, and to compete with,
United States currency.
The indictment alleges that members affiliated with NORFED sell the Liberty Dollar coin
at a greater price than they pay for it, and that the profit for these individuals is the difference
between their discounted purchase price and the price for which they sell the coin. Additionally,
according to the allegations contained in the indictment, a person who is not affiliated with
NORFED pays the face value minted on the coin.
In the allegations of the indictment, Bernard von NotHaus is described as having been the
president of NORFED and the Executive Director of Liberty Dollar Services, Inc. until
September 30, 2008. He is also described in the allegations contained in the indictment as the
monetary architect of the Liberty Dollar and has been the Regional Currency Officer in
Evansville, Indiana where NORFED corporate offices are maintained. According to the
indictment, Bernard von NotHaus designed the Liberty Dollar currency in 1998. The indictment
alleges that William Kevin Innes is the Asheville, North Carolina Regional Currency Officer for
NORFED and one of three members of the NORFED Executive Committee. Also, according to
the allegations contained in the indictment, until around March 2008, Sarah Jane Bledsoe was the
NORFED Fulfillment Office manager in Evansville, Indiana, and Rachelle L. Moseley works in
the Evansville, Indiana corporate office of NORFED and has been employed as the Regional
Currency Office Manager and Chief Operations Officer.
“People understand that there is only one legal currency in the United States. When
groups try to replace the U.S. dollar with coins and bills that don’t hold the same value, it affects
the economy. Consumers were using their hard-earned money to buy goods and services, then
getting fake change in return,” said Owen Harris, the Special Agent in Charge of the Charlotte
Division of the FBI. “No one in this country is above or beyond the law, and our law
enforcement partners will continue to bring violators to justice.”
If convicted, each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of five years’
imprisonment on the conspiracy charged in Count One and a maximum sentence of 20 years’
imprisonment on the mail fraud charge in Count Two. As to the additional counts with which
von NotHaus and Innes are charged, Count Three (publishing) carries a maximum sentence of 15
years’ imprisonment, and Count Four carries a maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment.
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The indictment includes a Notice of Forfeiture and Finding of Probable Cause that the
defendants forfeit to the United States all of the property involved in the offenses with which
they are charged in the indictment, and all property traceable to such offenses.
The case was investigated by the FBI, and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, with
assistance from the U.S. Secret Service, Treasury OIG for Tax Administration, the NC Joint
Terrorism Task Force, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Acting U.S. Attorney Ryan
express his gratitude to the United States Mint for its role in the indictment. Ryan characterized
the Mint’s role as “significant and vital.” The prosecution is being handled by Assistant United
States Attorney Jill W. Rose of the Asheville Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District
of North Carolina.
The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendants are presumed to
innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
A copy of the bill of indictment can be viewed by visiting website:
http://www.ncwd.uscourts.gov and clicking on the word “news.”
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