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Anti-Government Sovereign Citizens Taking Foreclosed Homes Using Phony Deeds

Georgia Officials, FBI Are Pursuing Anti-Government Citizens Squatting in Bank-Owned Homes

Authorities in Georgia are joining forces to hunt down a burgeoning group of squatters who use anti-government ideology to commandeer bank-owned upscale homes with phony deeds and bogus paperwork.

Many are operating as so-called sovereign citizens — radical-right conservatives who believe that they are exempt from government requirement such as taxes and driver’s licenses.

Officials in DeKalb County have arrested five people they described as sovereign citizens, alleging they moved into foreclosed homes and filed phony quit-claim deeds in court, then posted them in the properties’ windows as “proof” of their ownership. They are on the hunt for two more.

DeKalb Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin said he believes the seven they’ve identified are connected with 17 seized properties across the state that were worth about $10 million. One property, he said, was a strip mall where the suspects charged rent.

“It’s amazing that these groups of citizens who like to proclaim they’re Robin Hood only choose million-dollar homes,” he said. “Shocking.”

They have been charged with a variety of RICO crimes as well as theft and mortgage fraud. Last week, sheriff’s deputies in nearby Rockdale County busted a husband and wife team who were allegedly pulling the scam in a house they once used to own, ABC’s Atlanta affiliate WSB reported.

Melvin couldn’t comment on whether those two are connected to the group he’s got behind bars, citing the ongoing investigation. He also couldn’t confirm whether more suspects would be identified and arrested, but said “it would not surprise me.”

The squatters operate either as full-fledged members of the sovereign citizens movement or they are part of a growing number of people who use the movement’s ideology to worm their way out of a bad financial situation. Mark Potok, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, said the last few years have seen a rise in what he called “dabblers” in the sovereign citizens movement, people he said who would “never hurt a fly” but who are looking for a way out of their economic desperation.

“It’s a new trend that we’ve seen in just the last couple of years. It seems to be catching on, more or less like wildfire,” he said. “The economy, I think, is very clearly driving a large number of people who are desperate into this movement who are looking for answers.”

Others, he said, are just greedy opportunists who don’t want to pay their taxes or child support.

But even just the association with the sovereign citizen movement is enough to put law enforcement officials on edge.

Sovereign Citizens From True Believers to Economic Opportunists

Atlanta FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett, whose office has been aiding local authorities in tracking such crimes, said there is a very real threat to law enforcement officers who approach these residents because they often have a deep-seated hatred for anything government.

Though the FBI’s domestic terrorism squad is the branch designed to keep tabs on the sovereign citizens, they really are considered anti-government, Emmett said. But, he quickly noted, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph were considered simply anti-government before they set off deadly explosives.

Officers kept that in mind, he said, when conducting raids on home in the Atlanta area. Visits that would normally require a few officers instead involve many more to protect against any retaliation.

“We want to ensure that that propensity for violence doesn’t take them to the next level,” Emmett said. “These raids on these homes where they’ve trespassed at, large amounts of law enforcement have to deal with that because they have to be prepared for a potential struggle with these individuals.”

It’s not over once the handcuffs go on. Melvin called the followers “paper terrorists” for their propensity to follow up arrests with lawsuits and fake property liens.

“They’ll try to intimidate you with bogus paperwork,” he said. “It’s kind of creepy when these people make you a target and try to get your Social Security number.”

Movement Once Rooted in Racism Now Attracting Black Americans, Expert Says

Potok said he believes the majority of sovereign citizens are non-violent, but said there is a “substantial” subgroup who will do anything, even kill, to protect what they consider to be their freedoms.

“People come into this movement for very different reasons,” he said. “Many are real true believers. And in many ways those are the scariest of all, because they end up murdering cops.”

As the last few years have given rise to a new crop of sovereign citizens — the movement started in earnest in the 1970s — so have the number of black Americans claiming they are exempt from government confines.

It’s an interesting trend, Potok said, because the sovereign citizens have their roots in white supremacy. Melvin noted that all seven sovereign citizens his county is after are black and identify with the Moorish Nation, which Potok described as a black nationalist group “with very strong streak of sovereign beliefs.”

“What was attractive, I think, to black groups I think was the idea of completely sovereignty: ‘the white man can’t mess with us,'” he said. But Shaykh Ra Saadi El, chief minister with the Atlanta-based Moorish Science Temple of America, denies the men and women caught up with area’s sovereign citizen movement have anything to with his temple.

“They’re not Moorish Americans. Moorish Americans do not claim to be sovereign citizens,” he said.

While the Moorish believe they are “a nation within a nation,” Ra Saadi El said members know they need to obey the law of the land.

“There’s no such thing as being free from paying taxes,” he said. “These people do not have a concept of law.”

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  1. T. El Bey on said:

    i just breifly skimmed this page…woah….well first lets say I speak for me and here is a little background i was born in richmond county in 1983 raised by a devote jehovah witness from 6months old until 12 then sent back to my mom then removed by the state and under their guardianship untill 17.9 yrs old when i left due to the abuse,harshness,and injustices of the “system” I relocated up state new york met a man 2wice my age who assured me he would love and care for me I became pregnant wih his child then was forced to move after allowing him to stay with me…I came back to NYC then went through the EAU which in 2004 was terribly inhumane…I happy to say they have improved their facilty apperance although the politics can use some work….I ended up marring that man he came into the shelter legally with me and I gave birth while in the system he began to abuse me and went to jail several times i fled to various states and held several “order of protections” and ultimately after 6 years decided that NYC was safest…I came back to the apartment I was rasied in and attempted to legally obtain a lease NYCHA refused and began a vicious battle in court with me for 3 years which in the inteirm my youngest child went into a diabetic coma and resulted in me and my oldest being homeless due them evicting me. I just recently proclaimed my nationality and if their are any Moorish Americans reading this page I gotta say we gotta get it together and we cannot defy the law of nature…again I speak for me ….I will gladly accept a resonably priced home to domicile and raise my oldest chlid in I dont know what is going on in the nation but our people including me need a reliable organized nation to depend on…its great learning our history but please quit the dogmatic practices…I joined a temple…stopped goin due to financial hardship …and when I did come explaining my dire sitituation facing homelessness I was turned down by that grand sheik…where is the upliftment?…….Iam living in a hotel thanks to the funds I rightfully fought for and obtained from the state….THIS MOVEMENT IS ABOUT UPLIFTING HUMANITY AND UNITY NOT SEPARATION AND ABUSE OF OUR AUTHORITY…GET IT TOGETHER…THOSE IN THEM MILLON DOLLAR HOMES I HOPE YOU FEEDING THE HUNGRY AND GIVING SHELTER TO THE NEEDY

    WE ALL ARE HUMANS WHETHER ASIATIC OR OTHER……TO THOSE ABUSING THEIR POWER AND KNOWLEDGE FOR THEIR OWN SELFISH PLEASURES WOE TO YOU I WARN YOU NOT JUDGE YOU….HOW CAN WE BE THE ORINGINATORS OF LAW AND ABUSE IT AT THE SAME TIME…..WE SHOULD ALLOW OUR ACTIONS TO IMPRESS
    AND FIX THE GOVERNMENT NOT GO AGAINST ORDER WITH NO RESOLUTIONS FOR THE POOR PEOPLE WHO NEED UPLIFTMENT AND ASSISTANCE….IAM GREATFUL TO THE UNIVERSE AND MY ANCESTORS….I VOW TO ASSERT MY AUTHORITY TO BENEFIT ALL NOT JUST ME…ISLAM…..I CANT SPEAK FOR GEORGIANS…I HOPE THE ABOVE ALLOGATIONS ARE FALSE…..REMEMBER DIVINE LAW GOVERNS ALL NOT JUST A SELECT FEW…SO THE FBI CIA WHOEVER WONT BE ABLE TO TOUCH THOSE LAWFULLY ENFORCING THEIR RIGHTS…REMEMBER THE KNOWLEDGE GIVEN IS TO BRING YOU BACK INTO THE FOLD OF THE CONSTITUTION NOT PLACE YOU ABOVE IT….ITS TO PROTECT YOU NOT ERECT YOU IN YOUR FOOLISH PRIDE…CORRECT YOURSELF BROTHERS SISTERS AND STOP USING THE PAST AS AN EXCUSE TO TAKE LIBERTIES THAT ARENT YOURS…WHY SHOULD AND ARCHITECT TAKE HIS EXPERTISE TO DESIGN A HOME AND HARD WORKING MEN AND WOMEN CONSTRUCT IT FOR YOU TO WALK INTO FOR FREE EVEN OUR FOREFATHERS PAID FOR THEIR LUXURIES WHY DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE IT…….I APOLIGIZE TO GOOD CITIZENS FOR THE BEHAVIORS OF MY BRETHREN WE ARE ALL NOT THE SAME AND I VOW TO PROVE THAT TO AMERICA IN DUE TIME SO BE IT….TO ALL THOSE WHO LIVE BY LOVE, TRUTH, FREEDOM, JUSTICE, AND PEACE…REMEMBER UNITY IS THE KEY NO MATTER WHAT DOGMATIC RELIGION U CHOOSE TO SERVE THESE TRUTHS UNDER… OR WHAT NATION YOU COME FROM……TO THOSE WHO BRAVELY FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT…THANKS…..AND ONE QUESTION WHY RISE UP AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT…WE NEED ORDER….YES IT COULD USE SOME FIXING …SO FIX IT ….DUH….IT WAS THE GOVERMENT WHO FED ME MOST OF MY LIFE….YEA THEY LIED BUT IT WAS UP TO ME TO FIND THE TRUTH…AND NOW i HAVE IT BUT THE TRUTH AINT MATERILIZING A HOME I STILL GOTTA WORK TOWARD THAT AND ALL MY ENDEAVORS…PEACE AND LOVE…I.S.L.A.M

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