Leighton Ward (Leyton Ward) is a gentleman I first wrote about in 2013. We subsequently had some issues, he sued me, and it was dismissed. Ward objected to the fact I had written about him and insisted his approach to helping consumers with mortgage issues was revolutionary. He said he had found some mathematical rule of grammar that invalidated mortgage agreements.
I was just alerted that Leyton, whose first name is actually spelled Leighton, did get one thing invalidated – his freedom.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona put out a press release that painted an unfortunate story. The release says:
“The Lake Havasu City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit began an investigation back in January of 2017 after receiving a report of an alleged fraudulent scheme involving mortgage contracts. The investigation led to the service of two search warrants on May 4, 2017, at approximately 10:00 a.m., by the Lake Havasu City Police Department. One warrant was served in the 3100 block of Shoshone Drive and the other in the 2100 block of McCulloch Boulevard.
A felony arrest warrant was also issued for the suspect, 42-year old Lake Havasu City resident Leighton L. Ward, who was arrested without incident by authorities in northern California on May 4, 2017. Ward remains in custody in California pending extradition to Arizona where he will face multiple felony charges including fraud, fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft and forgery.
The elaborate scheme involved Ward posing as an associate of a company by the name of Advocacy for Consumer Rights. In exchange for payment of a few thousand dollars, Ward advised he could assist with getting residents out of the binding terms of their mortgage contract and get money refunded to them based on the language of their mortgage contracts. Ward is being investigated by other state and federal agencies for similar complaints nationwide involving his business.
The Mohave County Attorney’s Office assisted during the investigation. Multiple victims have been identified locally and Ward also has a felony warrant out of Tennessee for similar fraud allegations.
Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Madsen with the Lake Havasu City Police Department Criminal Investigations Unit at 928-855-1171.” – Source
Here is Ward’s mugshot.
Ward also has an active arrest warrant in Tennessee and is under investigation by additional state and federal agencies. – Source
But the story gets even more odd. In Tennessee Ward is accused of being a paper terrorist. According to WSMV television, “The term was coined several years ago when sovereign citizens, individuals who reject our government and court system, began to fill court clerk’s offices with bizarre judgments concerning properties.”
Ward arrived at the door of a couple in Tennessee and insisted the home of a couple belonged to him now.
To read the entire television story from WSMV, click here.
Another Tennessee television station, News Channel 10, also reported on interactions with Leyton Ward.
Ward is now in jail in Sonoma County, CA, awaiting extradition back to Arizona to face charges of fraud and illegal business practices. – Source
The American Bar Association also found Ward on their radar in March 2017. They wrote a post in the ABA Journal, Judge of bogus ‘postal court’ files judgments, claims only nouns have legal meaning.
The Southern Poverty Law Center published the following post:
“Sovereign Leighton Ward is in a heap of trouble. He is currently incarcerated in California, may be extradited to Arizona and faces a felony warrant in Tennessee.
Ward fancies himself the Court Clerk of the Federal Postal Court, a fake court based on sovereign citizen doctrine, conspiracy theories and the belief that freedom from government lies in the use of a made up language. One where “A sentence can only contain one verb in it” and it’s structure “has to be mathematically certified both frontwards and backwards…”
“Federal Postal Court Judge” David Wynn Miller has initiated a number of fraudulent filings. Ward did the same in his own venture, and drafted fake documents, which is how he ended up in handcuffs on May 4.
Ward claimed to work with the Advocacy for Consumer Rights, which calls itself a contract grammar specialist. It uses the same syntax ideas as the Federal Postal Court as the basis for its services. The website states, “by Syntaxing a creditors contract, we can mathematically prove the contract was a fraud.”
Clients paid Ward thousands of dollars to change the terms of their mortgages and get them refunds. There is no evidence that Ward was successful at this, although he created fraudulent documents, which he gave to at least one client to make it look as though he was. The documents were drafted to look authentic and were supposed to be from the Department of Justice Civil Division’s Torts Branch. They listed a P.O. box for an address, which is how the client got suspicious and eventually learned the documents were fake.
As Ward was involved in this alleged scheme, he was also harassing a family in Tennessee who bought his mother’s old home. Ward seems to have convinced himself that they were not the true owners, were trespassing and sent them texts to that effect. He also drove by the house repeatedly, sat on the neighbor’s porch to watch the house and filed a judgment against the property, which clouds its title.
The family was forced to file a restraining order against him. Ward did not show up in court for the hearing on it, instead he posted a YouTube video during the time the hearing was scheduled for admitting to some of his deeds. He also filed a case against the family in the illegitimate Federal Postal Court where he accuses them of “:FRAUDULENT-GRAMMAR-PERFORMANCE / :FALSE &: [MIS]LEADING-STATEMENTS-PEFORMANCE” using Postal Court Syntax.” – Source
In response to the court hearing this YouTube video was posted.
Here is the bottom line for me. I found Leyton Ward and his wife to be friendly people when I met them. But ultimately a number of people took exception with their interactions with TAFCR and Layton Ward.
Ward is not the only person who has faith in his approach to invalidate contracts and agreements with the syntax and grammar invalidation.