Then give us your sacred knowledge.
I'm telling you how it works for me, from first hand experience. And I spend quite some time on a phone and chats with dish employees to settle same 'owned-leased' tugboat more then one time.
I can assure you the only reason your anecdotes on this situation ever turned out in your favor are due to the fact that the ERT agents dealing with you got tired of you and realized just making the charge go away would be easier then trying to figure what your saying
Fact of the matter is the OP more then most likely is wrong about his claim of ownership.
The system rarely gets this wrong, and "owned" receivers cant just be switched to "leased" by just any person, nor the system. It has to be manually done by a agent on a high enough level (ERT, EVT, ect.) Even supervisors would have to contact ERT via IM to get it done.
If the OP does not have proof of ownership I promise you OP, the agents you talk to will never go digging for it. Why? Because the customer is always WRONG, we just treat them like there "right"*most of the time*.
OP if you dont have the proof of ownership and you go claiming that you have it I promise you they will call your bluff, and when you fail to provide it your gonna have to BS your way out of it because they will dismiss everything you say after that.
At that point the only choice you have is to pull of a Mr. Smith and keep annoying the ERT department till they just wipe the slate clean, but I promise you if you do that things wont be great for you at Dish in the long run.
Doing stuff like that will lead to short term results but you will end up as a trouble customer/flagged account, returning to Dish will be a PITA and who knows what else they may do.