Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Court Administrator: Bogus Paperwork Simulating Official Legal Documents Used In Squatting Scams By So-Called Sovereign Citizens To Make Bogus Ownership Claims To Vacant Homes Creates Undue Burden For Judicial System

In Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, WBTV-Channel 3 reports:
  • The house on Kelly Woods Lane in Piper Glen is back on the market and under contract a week after an accused squatter was convicted in court of several charges.

    The price is nearly $300,000 less than the property tax value, which is likely a reflection of its foreclosure status and the legal battle over ownership.

    A woman named Ninti El-Bey claimed to own the house through documents she said gave her authority under her status as a member of the Moorish Nation.

    El Bey came to court with a stack of papers and a plan to prove ownership during her trial last week at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. She faced several charges, including trespassing and breaking and entering.

    Her documents may have been legally meaningless, but the court process was real.

    “I am following the laws, just because they don't know the laws in which I stand, they will soon find out,” said El-Bey, talking about court officials at a previous hearing.

    Instead, her defense failed after a six-month court battle and a six-hour trial.

    It's definitely a burden on a system that is already over burdened,” said Court Administrator Charles Keller.

    Keller says court officials receive state training on how to handle what some call “paper terrorism” by defendants who claim to be a sovereign citizen, often members of the Moorish Nation.

    He says cases come up at least once a week. Often they involve petty charges and huge amount of paperwork. One person even wrote a letter demanding a fee of $10,000 a day for jury duty.

    “They all pretty much share the same ideology that they do not recognize state, federal, or local government as having any type of authority over them,” says Keller.

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