Jeffrey Thayer and Corporations Sole
(posted Aug. 18, 2017)

The “Dominion of Melchizedek” is a “micro-nation” and was established by David and Mark Pedley in 1990. The Dominion of Melchizedek claimed sovereignty over an island named Taongi, an uninhabited atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. After formation, a constitution for the Dominion of Melchizedek was adopted, and eventually it was chartering banks, issuing passports, employing ambassadors, and printing its own currency. Con-artists, crooks and other sinister characters soon became associated with anything and everything related to the Dominion, as they were attracted there by the Pedleys.

The above link states, “David Evan Pedley was a con man. He taught his son Mark to be a con man. Together they wrote a new Bible and created a nation. They also swindled millions of dollars from people." See United States v. Wellington, 754 F.2d 1457 (9th Cir. 1985), for one conviction.  His son, Mark, was no different from his dad, having been convicted of fraud as well.

Into this den of thieves entered Jeffrey Thayer, and as one article stated: "Another fraud involving DoM is tied to Jeffery Thayer, who was the Governor of the Bar Association from 1997 to to 1999 and past General Counsel and Humanitarian Projects Coordinator. Thayer practiced law under a license granted by DoM, although he was suspended in California for non-payment of dues. He authored the book, The Corporation Sole, Its History, Significance and Creation, which goes into the history of corporate soles. Thayer also teaches seminars on how to organize and operate a church or ministry as a tax-exempt non-profit religious corporation."

After being associated with the Dominion, Thayer started promoting "corporations sole" and conducted seminars selling these entities all across the country. Peter Kershaw engaged in an analysis of Thayer's corporation sole arguments, concluding them to be worthless.  Thayer's promotion also caused others like Elizabeth Gardner, Burney Brushears, Glen Stoll and several others to get into the corporation sole business. As Kershaw notes in the linked articles, most of those promoters were conmen (and women), got enjoined and got their clients into deep trouble.

It cannot be argued that Thayer's character was different from the Pedleys and other assorted conmen associated with the Dominion. In May, 2002, Thayer, his dad and two others were indicted for operating a scam that defrauded investors of several million bux. Here is the indictment against Thayer, who took a plea.  

Thayer continued his activities even after this conviction, getting his client, a renowned entomologist, Evert Schlinger, into serious financial problems. As the LA Times reported regarding a lawsuit against Schlinger, Thayer was one of Schlinger's "advisor": "The other advisor, Geoffrey Thayer – also known as Geoffrey benRichard barAbba – practiced for five years as a California attorney before starting a fish farm in Temecula and offering seminars on how to set up tax-free religious organizations. He lives in Vermont and could not be reached Wednesday. He has been convicted of wire fraud in an unrelated case, according to court filings."