Anti-Government “Patriots” Allegedly Defrauded Of Thousands Of Dollars By One Of Their Own

10574368_848086755210625_2298467297102532563_nPerhaps you’ve seen the image to the right, and some variation of it on the internet as a profile image or perhaps even on someone’s vehicle as a bumper sticker. On almost every news-related Facebook page, I’ve seen at least one person with a profile picture like this. In every gun group or outdoors forum I’ve belonged to recently, this image constantly pops up from “three percenter” members.

This graphic represents the very popular page and website that calls itself “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” which is big with members of the Oath Keeper crowd, and far-right, anti-government fanatics who are convinced that President Obama has plans to do things like put them in FEMA camps or institute sharia law.

The creator of the Facebook page “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” who is also the owner and founder of the website with the same name, is standing accused by a former admin of defrauding his followers. In addition to that, Rick Ferran is accused of not paying the individuals who worked to build the right-wing website, despite making hundreds of thousands of dollars from donations and sales of merchandise designed for conservative militia members and supporters.


In a post on his new right-wing page called “We are III%,” a former admin who calls himself Robert or “Barr Phite” claims that Rick Ferran mismanaged money and also accuses him of abusive behavior both toward people who worked for him, as well as his own wife.

In a story I wrote about Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children last year, I explained that there is a small but quite profitable market out there composed of rabidly anti-Obama individuals, some of whom are known as “three percenters.” Three percenters are people who believe in the possible need to overthrow the United States government, even through violent means if necessary. Many of them also think that President Obama is a tyrant, an agent of a foreign government or even the Anti-Christ. Some members are also current military, veterans or even members of law enforcement that call themselves “Oath Keepers” who claim that they are obliged by the oath they swore when enlisting to resist laws or orders believed to be unconstitutional. In other words, these are some very heavily-armed and potentially very dangerous individuals who make the geriatric protesters at local Tea Party rallies look like liberal pacifists in comparison.

Out of all of the anti-government three-percenter Facebook pages and websites, probably none were more popular and drew more traffic (and money) than Rick Ferran’s “Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children,” which had well over 600,000 likes on their original Facebook page. In fact, they even used the now-infamous image of me as a child sitting on a bridge as part of their advertising prior to Facebook taking down their original version of the page. They kvetched about me filing a copyright infringement complaint against them in a long rant, a portion of which follows:

In the great scheme of things,  petty complaints are but a bump on the pickle of society. But in Facebook, petty complaints by roving liberals can get your page taken down. For Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children, if it isn’t complaints about the content of postings, it’s complaints about using someone else’s pictures. And Facebook itself loves to attack  Uncle Sam’s because it’s, well,… the antithesis of who they are. So any chance they get, they’re on it.

Who has the evil intentions here?

Who complained about the above picture? The people who created it. That’s right, the photo of an innocuous country scene with no sexual content or off color remarks was the subject of a complaint by Whiskey and The Morning After Blog (WATMAB). They were complaining…wait for it… because it was Uncle Sam’s that posted it on their page.

They claimed that the photo fell under the DCMA, which is the “Digital Millenium Copyright Act.” Only one problem: it has no copyright symbol, and the photo itself tells people to share it.

That picture was shared by Right Wing News over 21,000 times and is still posted on their website, with the statement that they “stole” it from Uncle Sam’s. So what’s the problem?  It’s about “who” not about what. (Source)

That’s right, this group used my image without authorization to promote their money-making website which claimed to be helping veterans, and then accused me of being part of a liberal plot to take them down. Pretty funny, huh?

Anyhow, after Facebook first removed the original 600,000+ page, Rick Ferran and his organization managed to rebuild a second Misguided Children page which got up to about 372,000 before Facebook terminated that one as well for reasons unknown. Now that Mark Zuckerberg’s newest algorithm has choked off pages and their reach to a tiny percentage of what they were even a few months ago, his newest version of the page has a little over 18,000 likes – a mere fraction of their past numbers.

Now Mr. Ferran is allegedly $20,000 or more in the hole and still continuing to take money for merchandise orders he can’t fulfill, according to the post on the rival three-percenter page.

You see, here’s the unrecoverable position that Uncle Sams Misguided Children is in. It is over $20k in the red now. There’s around 400 orders at the time of this writing that cannot be completed due to lack of money, nor can the money be refunded due to the money being spent. Rick Ferran/Tank, to this day continues to accept shirt orders from the BigCartelstore, and attempts to keep the money. Most people simply wait too long, you can only do a Paypal Dispute within so many days of purchase. (Source)

According to the accusations, Rick Ferran’s Paypal account took in over half a million dollars between January 2013 and August 2014, but the organization itself is $20,000 in debt:

From Jan 01, 2013 to August 25, 2014 the total USMC revenue intake on the PayPal account is $559,543.17 gross, $17,426 paid in PayPal fees, a net of $542,117.17 – does that seem like doing a lot with little to you? I am furious. The warehouse hasn’t been paid in months, the cable was shut off there, shirt orders are behind by 400 orders never to be recovered with more continuing to be ordered, and rarely has he ever paid anyone helping him out. He states MisguidedChildren has been around since sometime in 2011, I have no idea how much was taken in prior to the first PayPal payment on February 1st, 2013. What I do know, is that during this time a total of $514,181.00 was transferred from PayPal to his personal bank account. At this point, it seems that Misguided is around $20,000+ in debt now, and growing. He’s looking for investors, would you invest in this record?

So where did the money go? Apparently nobody other than Rick Ferran and perhaps a couple of his other associates know. He has not shown any proof that the money went to any veterans charity like Wounded Warrior Project or anything else to help veterans other than his own bank account. On the same website where you can send money for merchandise you probably won’t receive, he has a donation tab with this blurb:

Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children is fighting along side of patriots placing everything on the line to wake up, motivate and lead our fellow patriots and take back America. We have been attack and censored numerous time and remove our voice that threatens the corrupted politicians and government elites. They fear us and we will continue raising our voice on important issues affecting all American Citizens. We appreciate and thank you for your kind support and we will make sure we put it to good use as always! If you would like to endorse Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children on your next event , please email [email protected] (Source)

Yes, not only is this individual apparently taking people’s money via Paypal and hoping they wait long enough to where a dispute cannot be filed, he’s also actively soliciting donations and promising to put them “to good use.”

However, this isn’t an isolated incident. As The Daily Beast and Pro Publica first reported last month, a group called “Move America Forward” which claimed to be helping soldiers was also funneling funds not to help veterans, but the bank accounts of their founder’s political cronies within the Tea Party. They aren’t alone either. Even Sarah PAC spends the vast majority of the money they take in on undisclosed expenses, not candidates.

Whether it is Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children allegedly defrauding angry, anti-Obama three percenters or elderly residents of The Villages lining up to buy Sarah Palin’s latest book, the saying “there’s a sucker born every minute” has never rung so true. You can read the entire accusation here.


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  • Eg Kbbs

    No surprise (as I wonder how many leaders of RWNJ web pages are run by people who actually do it tongue in cheek while laughing at those they dupe.)

    But I have to question the business plan. By stealing he only gets a one-time payout of the site. He could have used donations for the operation of the page and funding rabidly paranoid anti-government conspiracy causes. Then on the side, he would have been free to take any ad revenue for a continuing source of money for his own bank account.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Who EVER said crooks were smart?

  • Barack H. Obama

    When its time to punish Sasha, Malia, or Michelle I just take down my slacks and show them my money maker.
    How’s that for a plan?!

    • Stephen Barlow

      YOu sick fuc*

  • Stephen Barlow

    Isn’t the WHOLE seditionist BUSINESS a tax deduction as “FREE SPEECH” anyway?

    Help me figure this out. IF $12,000,000 IS ‘free speech”, but still anonymously protected by the 4th Amendment, then HOW does ‘ANONYMOUS DONOR # 714″ claim his deduction off his taxes? Wouldn’t that be on Mr Anonymous’ tax return?

    yeah. OK. How does the $th Amendment apply as iron clad protection against state intrusion into political financing, but NO APPY to a NONWHITEGUY walking down the street in NYC? FOR THE 99% GUY, IT’s the FOURTH Amendment that the PATRIOT ACT nullified.

    For the 1% guy, it’s a sacrosanct, patented, copywritten, MC Hammer (you can’t touch this) Cayman island Bank Account matter of LAW. Hummn?

    Trading on the USMC acronym? I KNOW jarheads are short on literacy, but you gotta give them a Double A Double PLUS for walking into a fire and having the balls to piss it out! Name ONE Republican who can manage …

    Redefining the Constitution to EXCLUDE WHITE SUPREMiCIST CON MEN from the laws AGAINST Sedition… yet “STOP N*gg*h, we need to search you” is not only ‘business as usual but ALSO NYPD POLICY’, it’s tax deductible. YEP.

    … “liberty and justice for all.”

    So these seditionists, many who are guilty of TREASON for actively planning the overthrow of our ELECTED Government… don’t even get parking tickets?

    • Susanne B Danner

      STFU

  • HiTekRedneck

    You folks need a history lesson or something? Oathkeepers is a good thing, not a bunch of radicals like you are making them out to be. I think it is a wonderful thing to have them on the side of the people if and when things do go sour in D.C. Which seems to be more and more the case with each passing day. Here’s a bit about them:

    10 Orders Oath Keepers Swear to Disobey

    We will not obey any order to disarm the American people.

    We will not obey any order to conduct warrantless searches of the American people, their homes, vehicles, papers, or effects—such as warrantless house-to-house searches for weapons or persons.

    We will not obey any order to detain American citizens as “unlawful enemy combatants” or to subject them to trial by military tribunals.

    We will not obey orders to impose martial law or a “state of emergency” on a state, or to enter with force into a state, without the express consent and invitation of that state’s legislature and governor.

    We will not obey orders to invade and subjugate any state that asserts its sovereignty and declares the national government to be in violation of the compact by which that state entered the Union.

    We will not obey any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.

    We will not obey any order to force American citizens into any form of detention camps under any pretext.

    We will not obey orders to assist or support the use of any foreign troops on U.S. soil against the American people to “keep the peace” or to “maintain control” during any emergency, or under any other pretext. We will consider such use of foreign troops against our people to be an invasion and an act of war.

    We will not obey any orders to confiscate the property of the American people, including food and other essential supplies, under any emergency pretext.

    We will not obey any orders which infringe on the right of the people to free speech, to peaceably assemble, and to petition their government for a redress of grievances.

    • AQ

      Oath Breakers was formed specifically to oppose President Obama, who the founders of Oath Breakers see as a foreign usurper hells-bent on turning this country into a Muslim caliphate.

      So don’t give me that “we’re patriots, hurr durr” bullshit, because you and I know that’s a load of shit.

    • InChains

      And yet, most Oath Keepers I met also don’t consider anyone a “citizen” who looks or sounds vaguely Arabic (say, a man born to an American citizen, but whose name happens to be Arabic). So the bit about not detaining or performing warantless searches of American citizens is up to their personal bias.

      Also, the bit about “foreign troops on U.S. soil” is hypocritical, since they have no problem doing just that to other nations. American exceptionalism & extreme nationalism at work.

      Also, I have yet to meet an Oath Keeper in person who wasn’t also part of some white-supremacist ideology. Even their websites are full of jingoists, racists, and conspiracy-barking ultranationalists.

      Oh, and since many of them are also members of the “Misguided Children” group, that makes them seditionists as well – which outright contradicts the “upholding the Constitution” ideal they claim to have.

  • Anonymous

    Update your article. It is http://weare3.NET for source, not .COM – Misguided hijacked the original domain due an admin who was playing both sides.

  • Cani Lupine

    The FB group/page The Modern American Revolution fell victim to the same kind of scheme. Good thing I never donate money to groups.

  • Susanne B Danner

    THE message is excellent although overly simplistic sometimes (ex: all cops are heroes) but that is okay. Big problem is Tank, Rick Ferran, the giver of the message, Ferran, is a dictator. Irritate him slightly ever, and you will be banned forever. He behaves EXACTLY like what he proposes to despise: Castro: a DICTATOR, he will never grow to be anyone who actually creates a difference in the world because his head is screwed up. He is what he hates: an overbearing bully.

  • Andrew Neblock

    Love USMC. Biggest gathering of Internet tough guys and keyboard warriors I’ve ever seen. Reading the comments always makes me feel better about myself.