Sunday, November 18, 2007

Feds raid Liberty Services

Last week the FBI raided the office of Liberty Services, a private organization that produced its own currency. It should be pointed out that it is not illegal to produce privately-issued currency. Liberty Services has been openly operating since 1998. The group is being investigated for fraud and money laundering, although I have not yet read what Liberty Services has allegedly done that was fraudulent.


Doug said...

Looks like they have been encouraging people to try to spend the Liberty Dollars as regular currency, getting unaware merchants to accept the Liberty currency as regular currency.

The first two commenters on my blog post provided a lot of good information.

Robert Enders said...

The Liberty dollar coins could be confused for government coins by a cashier.
Currently, there are three different government-issued dollar coins in general circulation: Susan B Anthony coins, Sacagawea dollars, and the Presidential dollar coins. An inexperienced clerk might get confused and accept a Liberty dollar in violation of store policy, or refuse a government issue dollar coin in violation of federal law. There should be regulations that clearly define what should be forbidden from private currency, such as a private coin should not accepted by vending machines, should not bear the image of an elected official, etc. I think the Ron Paul Liberty Dollars was what finally made the feds act.