My main motive for posting here is that someone reading it will have access to a CORTIS XChange account (http://www.utcourts.gov/xchange/) which is used to access court records in Utah. Unfortunately, XChange charges $30 to access the system in addition to a $30 monthly fee. I'd like to search the records for cases involving Winston Shrout, but the fee is excessive for my purpose.
Name: Winston J. Shrout
Possibly a veteran.
The SPLC mentions him in a publication: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2010/fall/the-sovereigns-leaders-of-the-movement#.UahRc-B8shM
Winston Shrout offers a popular seven-part series of seminars and sells several books and DVDs through his website. His materials focus on the "commercial process," instructing clients in the use of IRS Form 1099-OID to solve all of their tax and debt problems. Despite his alleged expertise, Shrout currently has $50,000 in outstanding tax liens, declared personal bankruptcy in 2001, and lost three federal civil cases in the last 10 years, including one in which a major bank sued both Winston and his sham "freeman" arbitration company.
Has filed two chapter 7 bankruptcies: The first on 6/21/2001, closed on 3/01/2002. The second filed on 2/27/2013.
Has at least three liens (2004, 2005, and 2007) filed against him in Nevada. Two are from the IRS while the third is from Atlas Monetary International Trust.
Has been a party in three federal Civil court cases, once as a plaintiff. All three cases were decided against Winston Shrout.
Two of the cases are very similar and were both brought against Winston Shrout in 2004: Winston Shrout along with Nickolas Bird, Rebecca Nelson, Darren Kamalu, and Ernell Kamalu created a Utah limited liability company named Arbitration Alliance International. Two of them took out large loans from Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. "accepted" the loans, and then claimed Countrywide had an obligation to pay back the principal of the loan. The arbitration company then awarded the members a large sum of money when the loan company did not respond.
Defaulted on a mortgage from CHASE bank in 2000. A number of recordings were then made by Shrout including a lien against the property. Later, the land was auctioned off by the bank.
A number of people have sold him land. At least one of these properties was then sold at public auction by the loan company after the promissory notes went into default.
The recent bankruptcy lists a combined $164,000 of debt from a "2nd Mortgage deficiency" and "Foreclosure deficiencies." Notably absent are the roughly $80,000 in damages that he owed to Countrywide Inc. from the two civil cases, any mention of the IRS liens, and any mention whatsoever of his website or the profits it generates.
I haven't found any filings or federal court cases past the year of 2007 (maybe he moved), although his website is still active and he still offers advice at the price of $250 per hour. He also offers CDs on his website at a high price.