Togiak sovereign citizen indicted for unpaid child support

Sep 24, 2015

State alleges Kevin "Birdman" Ramey owes over $84,000 in back child support payments, and has charged him with a class C felony.

Kevin Francis Ramey, 57, has been indicted for felony criminal nonsupport. The state alleges he owes some $84,000 in back child support, which Ramey disputes.

A Togiak man and former member of the Togiak City Council has been indicted on a felony charge of failing to pay more than $80,000 in child support. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:

Transcript: Kevin Francis Ramey, 57, who commonly goes by the name Birdman, was recently indicted by an Anchorage grand jury. The attorney prosecuting the case declined to interview by phone, but did say in an email that criminal nonsupport becomes a felony offense if it meets certain criteria, including if the amount is over $20,000, or if no payment has been made for two years or more.

An August notice from Child Support Services indicating intent to withhold his permanent fund dividend check alleges Ramey owes over $84,000 in back child support.

After Ramey failed to appear for his first arraignment hearing this week, Judge Pat Douglass issued a bench warrant for his arrest. He was arrested by the VPSO in Togiak and flown to Dillingham.

Asked by the Judge if he understood his rights, one of Ramey’s questions got a laugh in the courtroom.

"It says if you're not a US citizen you could be deported. I know I have three citizenships: number one in heaven, number two in America, number three in California. And that's my primary citizenship, is of course, in heaven. So I was kinda wondering, are you guys going to deport me to heaven?"

Judge Douglass set bail at $1000, and Ramey will need a third party custodian to be released.

Ramey heads up a group known as Sui Juris Court Angels, the members of which adhere to tenets of sovereign citizenry. In a rambling five page rebuttal to the case, Ramey claims the government lacks the authority to charge him with crimes.