Free Keene’s Nobody released
After six months in jail, the libertarian activist known as Nobody, is free pending trial on federal wire fraud charges.
Nobody, 52, who legally changed his name from Rich Paul in order to run for mayor of Keene, was arrested earlier this year as part of the federal raid on the properties owned by Free Keene leader Ian Freeman.
Federal agents raided Freeman’s Leverett Street home in March, reportedly finding a cache of guns and cash. There were also raids at the Bitcoin Embassy on Route 101.
Judge Joseph Laplante ordered Nobody released on Wednesday on $20,000 cash bail, with restrictions on his ability to speak out publicly about the case, similar to the conditions of the other defendants in the case.
Freeman, 40, Colleen Fordham, 60, of Alstead, Renee Spinella, 23, of Derry, Andrew Spinella, 35, of Derry, Nobody, and Aria DiMezzo, 34, of Keene were all taken into custody during March raids. Nobody was the last of the suspects who continued to be held in jail pending trial.
Nobody was initially held, in part, due to his alleged use of violent language after his arrest, according to court records. According to prosecutors Nobody wanted someone to shoot the police.
“Co- defendant Nobody stated in a recent recorded telephone call that, “somebody needs to start shooting pigs,” and “it’s time for the fucking Boogaloo . . . that’s how this thing ends. When we end this fucking government.”
Boogaloo is the term for the civil war against police and the government, and the Boogaloo is advocated for by some libertarians and many white supremacists groups like the Three Percenters.
Freeman is accused of operating Bitcoin trading operations, and churches that accept Bitcoin donations, as part of a money laundering scheme that benefited online cyber criminals and scammers, according to court records.
Freeman allegedly charged a higher transaction fee than other, legitimate bitcoin sellers, according to prosecutors. He is alleged to have money from the victims of various scams and crimes, and then he converted the cash into bitcoin that the perpetrators of the alleged crimes could then take, according to court records.
Freeman allegedly hid his transactions as donations through his various churches, and had contracts with other people to operate churches and church bank accounts on his behalf, according to court records. Nobody operated a church affiliated with Freeman’s organizations, according to court records.