(Stillness in the Storm Editor) One People’s Public Trust trustee and Treasury Direct Account promoter Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf was sentenced to four years in prison last week, ending a year-long controversy that has embroiled many seeking to regain freedom from a defunct and corrupt system.
As someone who spent time with Tucci-Jarraf in Morocco in 2014, and was friends with some of the people involved in the OPPT, I can speak personally about this situation to a certain extent.
To be clear, I’m not making any damning indictments of anyone. But I do want to highlight the warning I issued last year in the lengthy article written about the TDA account campaign.
Do we live in a corrupt legal system? Yes.
Are we not informed about the full breadth of the legal frauds and schemes used to against the people? Yes.
Can we act unlawfully to try and fix an unlawful situation? No, we can’t.
The bottom line is, a woman has been sentenced to jail and is now unable to be a mother to her children. This is a sad state of affairs. But we shouldn’t ignore the glaring lessons that were presented to all of us through this situation.
The law is a tool that can be used to arrest the problems of this world and restore justice, but we must use it honorably. We must take care not to cause more problems in our efforts to defend ourselves from injustice.
Despite what I would argue as major lawful misconceptions related to using the TDAs pushed by Tucci-Jarraf, namely that these accounts were never ours, but were set up on our behalf, people continued to insist that it was OK and right to use them. But this isn’t true.
These accounts are not for us, they are used by the powers that be to fund their elaborate schemes, and as such, you invite serious repercussions by attempting to use them.
There is no rule of law, only the color of law. As such, even if we did have a right to these accounts, which we don’t, the criminals in power would have done everything they could to stop us.
Perhaps instead of trying to access these accounts, often without the complete knowledge of what they are and how they operate within a lawful and legal capacity, we should have spent our time learning the law and working together to form a coherent and lawful community that could truly stand up to the injustices of this world. Such a community could have used the law, in honor, to make careful and calculated steps to restore justice.
In war, strategy and careful planning are required. And make no mistake, we are at war with those who seek to usurp our God-given rights. But even in times of war, we must be careful not act recklessly, we should strive to be honorable as much as possible and only stray from the highest moral conduct when the laws of necessity demand it.
The powers that be want to paint anyone seeking to restore the rule of law as a paper terrorist, a sovereign citizen, and rule hating false anarchist. Thus, situations like this make it hard to do this great work of restoring justice difficult. So please, think carefully about how you defend yourself in the legal system or how you use your legal knowledge.
I hope we can form discussion groups and learning institutions so that we can pool our collective knowledge together, ferret out fallacious concepts, and strategize about how we are going to solve this age-old problem of injustice.
I am dismayed and saddened by what happened. I knew Heather, and I met her husband and children.
Let’s learn from her mistakes and take care that we tread wisely to restore the rule of law and make the world a better place.
Update: Some assumed that in sharing this article I completely agreed with everything in it. I placed a link to my perspective on the TDA situation above, wherein I make no reference to her being a Sovereign Citizen. Yes, I know that this term is an oxymoron and not applicable. As always, do not assume that because we share articles on this site that we completely agree with them.
Feel free to ask me questions as to my perspectives in the comments or via email.
by Travis Dorman, July 17th, 2018
Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf believes her imprisonment will amount to a “hostage situation.”
The former prosecutor turned evangelist for the so-called sovereign citizens movement said as much Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan sentenced her to serve 4 years and 9 months in prison for conspiring to launder money. Her sentence will be followed by two years of supervised release.
A jury in Knoxville found Tucci-Jarraf guilty of the federal charge in February. Authorities say she counseled Randall Keith Beane while he used electronic sleight-of-hand to rip off a bank to the tune of millions of dollars.
Beane also was convicted of conspiracy to launder money as well as wire fraud; his sentencing is set for July 24.
At her three-hour-long sentencing hearing, Tucci-Jarraf gave a 45-minute speech during which she repeatedly denied the jurisdiction of the judge, used terms like “collusion” and “foreign actors,” cited convoluted legal documents, and portrayed herself as a bold truth-teller being persecuted for working to expose the alleged corruption within the U.S. banking system.
“I’m the one voice they don’t want heard,” she said of the Federal Reserve.
Prosecutors accused Tucci-Jarraf — who has a sizable following online, where she’s often referred to by her initials, HATJ — of merely seeking fame. They pushed for a longer sentence, citing the need to deter others, like Beane, from following her advice to commit fraud.
“This is not a vast conspiracy,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Davidson said. “The defendant is not a martyr.”
A half-million-dollar motor home
Prosecutors during the trial said Beane, an Air Force veteran working for Advantage Innovations in Knoxville, owed tens of thousands of dollars to the United Services Automobile Association, an online banking service catering to current and former military personnel.
Beane came across a YouTube video shared on social media by Tucci-Jarraf, a licensed lawyer in Oregon who worked as a state prosecutor there before she became involved in the sovereign citizens movement.
The video claimed Americans can withdraw vast sums of money from secret bank accounts with the Federal Reserve. It recycled discredited tropes popular among sovereign citizens, a loose collection of fringe groups that believe in a mishmash of conspiracy theories.
Followers typically deny the legitimacy of government authority and believe reciting the right legal jargon can unlock untold riches and exempt them from the law.
Prosecutors said Beane used automatic delays in the banking system of transfers of money from one bank to another to buy certificate of deposits using the Federal Reserve Bank’s routing number and a fake checking account number, quickly liquidating the CDs and stashing the money in his USAA accounts. USAA allowed its members to make withdrawals before the transaction was approved and funded.
Beane opened $30 million in CDs and cashed in roughly $2 million before USAA discovered the trickery, according to court records.
He used some of the money to pay off debts and to buy a half-million-dollar motor home — complete with two bathrooms, marble floors and countertops and pop-out side rooms — from Buddy Gregg Motor Homes in Farragut last year.
Prosecutors said Tucci-Jarraf talked Beane through the fraud “every step of the way,” and that she helped him set up a trust to try to hide the motor home purchase.
A few days after Beane’s arrest, Tucci-Jarraf was arrested outside the White House after the FBI got a tip from the Secret Service that she was demanding a meeting with President Donald Trump.
‘I don’t know what to teach my kids’
Tucci-Jarraf represented herself throughout the trial but at sentencing was joined by Attorney Francis Lloyd.
Much of the hearing revolved around whether Tucci-Jarraf’s sentence should be lengthened because she used “special skills” — in this case, her legal training — to commit or conceal the crime. Judge Varlan ultimately ruled the enhancement to be applicable.
Tucci-Jarraf then called two witnesses to testify on her behalf: her husband, Youssef Jarraf, and a friend, William Ferguson III, who described himself as a blogger who also worked to root out alleged corruption in the banking system.
Ferguson called Tucci-Jarraf “the most kind human being I’ve ever known” and said characterizations of her as “internet hungry” are wrong. At one point, he appeared to compare her to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
Youssef Jarraf spoke haltingly, repeatedly wiping away tears as he talked about his wife and the four children they have together. “I don’t know what to teach my kids, what to tell them about justice,” he said.
Both men said they didn’t believe Tucci-Jarraf had committed a crime and that she didn’t deserve to be sentenced at all.
Youssef Jarraf asked if his wife could be housed in a prison in or near Boston, where he lives. Varlan said he would make the recommendation to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
In deciding her sentence, Varlan said he considered that Tucci-Jarraf had no history of mental illness or substance abuse, and that she had no prior criminal history to speak of. The sentence he imposed was less than prosecutors asked for and in the middle of the sentencing range.
After Varlan announced his decision, Tucci-Jarraf again denounced his authority — and asked the court clerk to file a notice of appeal.
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