Friday, September 25, 2015
PUBLISHED IN SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE JAN 29 2015, MANATEE COUNTY – A retired sheriff’s deputy and self-proclaimed sovereign citizen is facing a long list of criminal charges, including accusations that he filed bogus liens totaling $100 million against two local judges. In addition to allegedly harassing the two judges, James Sims, 56, also is accused of renting and changing the locks of foreclosed properties he once owned and trying to evict legal tenants. Complaints against Sims began last spring from property managers working for Bank of the Ozarks, which foreclosed on several Palmetto and Parrish properties previously owned by Sims, arrest records show. A couple of months later, authorities learned that Sims had allegedly been collecting rent money from a tenant living at 1503 26th St. Ct. E. in Palmetto, arrest records show. A man signed a $800 monthly lease on the home and had already paid four months rent to Sims. Detective Marc Franczyk called Sims on June 25 about the lease. “Sims stated that everything involved in this case is civil and I had no business getting involved,” Detective Marc Franczyk wrote in an arrest report. “Sims pretty much stated that the property is still his. “Sims told me to watch what I was doing with these cases because he would come after me and sue me. Sims eventually hung up on me.” Affidavits filed against Sims mention several times that he is a self-proclaimed sovereign citizen, associated with anti-government beliefs. “Sovereigns believe that they — not judges, juries, law enforcement or elected officials — get to decide which laws to obey and which to ignore,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. What is unusual is that Sims worked as a deputy at the sheriff’s office from 1985 until his retirement in July 2011. Sims is charged with two counts of intimidating a public official, three counts of simulating the legal process and two counts of grand theft. SEE http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20150129/ARTICLE/150129625?p=1&tc=pg
As of September 11th, 2015, Manatee County Fl Detectives are actively tracking down and trying to locate James sims for FAILURE TO APPEAR in court, see above. Sovereign Citizens do not recognize the authority of any court, they always go Pro Se and refuse the services of the Public Defenders office. James Sims spent 26 years wearing a badge and enforcing the law in Florida now thinks he’s above the law as a self-described “natural, free-born sovereign citizen.” James Michael Sims, 56, was arrested in January 2015 in Manatee County on three felony charges: two counts of grand theft and a third count of intimidating a public official. Sims, a former deputy and detective for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, allegedly rented foreclosed properties, intimidated his former fellow law enforcement officials and attempted to file $100 million in bogus liens against judges — a common act among many sovereigns who believe they are immune from courts, judges and licensing requirements. The Judge in the“natural, free-born sovereign citizen”case issued a WARRANT FOR THE ARREST of James Sims on September 11th, 2015, now Law enforcement in Southwest Florida will be on the outlook for James Sims, I hope it does not come down to a traffic stop for Sims and he reacts violently.
Two police officers in West Memphis Arkansas, police officer Bill Evans and Sergeant Brandon Paudert were shot and killed during a traffic stop on May 20, 2010. Police identified and killed two suspects, identified as Jerry Kane, Jr., and his son, Joseph Kane. The two were later identified as members of the sovereign citizen movement.
February 2015 – Joseph Paffen allegedly opened fire on a vehicle with four deputies inside as they responded to a call for a domestic incident involving Paffen at a Publix grocery store in Orlando at 5:18 p.m. Sunday, and the officers returned fire, killing him, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies told NBC station WESH that Paffen identified as a “sovereign citizen.