In one of the more bizarre episodes to hit the justice system in recent months, a doctor practicing family medicine in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, came to believe that the government is here to help.
A couple of years ago, he became a believer in the notion that when a child is born in the United States, the government sets up a secret account for that child, and as the child ages, the account grows. By the time the person reaches middle age, the account is worth approximately $600 million.
Happily, we are entitled to believe whatever we want, but the corollary to the secret account theory is this — a person can access his secret account if he renounces his citizenship and becomes a freeholder.
So Glenn declared that he was no longer a citizen and tried to access his secret account. He printed money orders on his computer and he used a routing number from the U.S. Treasury that he had gotten from an income tax refund.
In the summer, fall and winter of 2012, he tried to cash these money orders at two banks. He tried to access approximately $117 million from his secret account.
Um, well...unsurprisingly, this garnered him some attention from federal authorities; notably among them, the Secret Service folks. Things quickly went from bad to worse, as he was charged with five felony counts, subsequently appearing before the local magistrate, whereupon he refused to acknowledge his legal identity. Half a year in the slammer, and a new lawyer later, he appeared again, this time before U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. (yes, those Limbaughs).
Well, enough being enough, he acknowledged his identity, and his attorney planned to argue that the good doctor truly believed that he had a secret account, had no intention to defraud anybody, and as a result could not have committed any crime. The government short-circuited that, however, offering instead
to drop the felony charges if he would plead to a misdemeanor of making a fraudulent demand upon the United States. That is a misdemeanor if less than $1,000 is obtained, and, of course, Glenn obtained nothing. The government’s recommendation for sentence would be time served.
He took the plea deal.