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Alaska Peacemakers Militia member faces fake document charges in Fairbanks

Posted: March 30, 2011 - 9:27pm

FAIRBANKS — A member of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia is facing misdemeanor charges alleging he delivered fake court documents to court officials.

Kenneth R. Thesing was issued a summons Friday on two counts of simulating legal process, or sending fake court documents with the intent of causing the recipient to take an action, The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

The papers were delivered in December and January while the district court in Fairbanks was preparing to try militia founder Francis Schaeffer Cox on a misdemeanor weapons charge.

Many of the documents bear Cox’s signature and address his belief that he is a sovereign citizen not subject to state courts. They include a restraining order demanding that law enforcement officers stay 1,000 feet from Cox, the newspaper said.

No attorney was listed for Thesing in Alaska court records and searches of online databases found no telephone listing for him.

Each count of simulating legal process is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of one year in jail.

Cox also is mentioned in the charging document and faces the two counts, district attorney Michael Gray said.

Thesing has not been implicated in any of the felony charges against Cox and four militia members following their arrest March 10 for allegedly plotting to kill and kidnap government authorities.

Filed with the charges are 22 pages of documents allegedly delivered by Thesing. They also have been entered as evidence in the state felony case against Cox.

Nelson Traverso, an attorney for Cox in Fairbanks, said Wednesday he did not plan to comment on the case against Cox until after its conclusion.

In the documents, Cox refers to himself as the commander-in-chief for the delegates of the United State of America. He uses a number of official-looking symbols including a U.S. flag with 13 stars and a seal with the words “First Judicial District of Tens, Interior Region, Alaska.”

The restraining order included in the documents claims Alaska officials have “invaded the Republic, under color of law, with acts of war,” and orders them to keep their distance from Cox.

The last document is a letter to Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy, who presided over Cox’s misdemeanor weapons case in state court and is among those targeted in the alleged militia plot.

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