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'Sovereignty' basis for area racketeering

Group doesn't obey statutory laws

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"Richard-Terence: Jenkins" appeared to be a man of means, with deeds in his name to six Augusta houses and a seventh in Snellville, Ga., all notarized and on file with the clerk of Superior Court. He also had a mailing address at a house in Hephzibah and a car tag specifying "diplomatic corps."

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A house at 4344 Sanderling Drive is one of six Augusta houses Richard-Terence: Jenkins claimed to have owned. Jenkins filed a false deed selling himself the home for one silver dollar.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
A house at 4344 Sanderling Drive is one of six Augusta houses Richard-Terence: Jenkins claimed to have owned. Jenkins filed a false deed selling himself the home for one silver dollar.


The houses -- Jenkins doesn't actually own them -- were toward the low end of a portfolio being assembled by nine "sovereign citizens" now wanted on federal racketeering charges out of DeKalb County.

While his actions seemed merely strange to Augusta Realtors, whose listings Jenkins deeded to himself for "one silver dollar," they're actually characteristic of a domestic terrorist group beginning to gain ground in Georgia.

"We don't consider them weirdos, we consider them antigovernment extremists," said Stephen Emmett, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Atlanta office.

For the most part, the so-called "sovereigns" file bogus paperwork and fake court and financial filings to commit fraud and otherwise "burden the system," Emmett said.

In May, 16-year-old Joseph Kane shot and killed two Arkansas police officers when his father was pulled over by police. The pair had been traveling the country, giving classes on a sovereign scam known as "redemption foreclosure mortgage fraud."

Jenkins, who was arrested Sunday at his grandmother's house in Augusta, filed quit-claim deeds to houses on Davis Mill Road, Walton Loop Road, Walton Farms Drive, Sanderling Road and Glenn Avenue.

Notices posted in the windows of at least two of the homes informed "state and government agents" visiting that Jenkins was not a U.S. citizen under 1868 statutes, but rather a "national Citizen" of the republic under the Constitution of 1789.

"He probably figured it's worth a try," said Berley Green, an Augusta Realtor who's listing the bank-foreclosed house.

Green said he wasn't sure how Jenkins had gotten inside, but that earlier in the year, he or someone had tried to sell and rent the house.

Members of the group wanted in DeKalb were found actually moving into higher-valued homes around Atlanta after having the locks changed and utilities switched on.

Jenkins was found on the premises of a Lithonia mansion when marshals served a dispossessory warrant there, DeKalb Assistant District Attorney John S. Melvin said.

He also witnessed a deed to a $2 million mansion under construction in Sandy Springs.

Contractors working on the Glenn Avenue house in Hephzibah kept seeing a man and a woman come onto the property, Realtor Donald Widener said.

"A day or two later, someone had posted a notice in the window saying they owned the property," he said.

Widener said he removed the notice and that Fannie Mae assured him that the agency, and not Jenkins, was the owner.

Louise Houston found it odd that a man who said his former sister-in-law lived next door was using her new house on Willis Foreman Road as a mailing address on the fake deeds.

Jenkins stopped in recently, she said.

"He asked me, what would I do with mail that did not belong to me?"

At least 100,000 Americans consider themselves "sovereign citizens" and actively practice a bizarre set of behaviors, including adding punctuation marks to their names, said lawyer Mark Potok, spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Jenkins, for example, added the colon and hyphen to his name.

Sovereigns believe the U.S. government established by the Constitution was replaced during a secret, treasonous takeover, according to an article in the center's upcoming Intelligence Report.

Various sovereign groups, a subset of the Patriot movement, have evolved over the past 30 years, but all share a common belief that tricks and procedures exist to allow people not to follow statutory laws, Potok said.

Freed from the shell, sovereigns are thus free from taxes, laws and license requirements.

Besides a "diplomatic corps" tag instead of a license plate, a Jeep parked where Jenkins was arrested had a "declaration of nationality," claiming that "Richard-Terence: Jenkins El Bey" and his offspring were Free Moorish American Nationals, posted in the window.

A growing black nationalist religious movement called the Moorish Science Temple of America, spread widely via YouTube videos, has members pay taxes to the temple instead of the government, according to the report.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 08/06/10 - 03:57 am
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This proves W.C Fields old

This proves W.C Fields old saying about suckers.

What is this? The Geeks of the anti-government crowd..

What happened to good old fashioned militia guys in camo running around the mountains, eating surplus C-Rations, and shooting mean looking guns to feel macho?

These nerds give militias a bad name.

Weapon of choice? Ak-47? nope, Paperwork. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

These guys are nothing more than low class wanna-be tax cheats usning anti-government as a cover to be tax cheats.

Hope they have good lawyers,

Brad

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/10 - 04:59 am
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What do you mean I can't just

What do you mean I can't just move into a house I find empty? Why not? It says I can right in the Constitution and Bible. Also, if you understand what the crop circles are saying, you would realize you can claim any empty house. You see shadow people are actually in these houses holding them until we are ready to move in. Each individual is his own sovereign. When the Hale Bopp Comet returns the rest of you will comprehend the true meaning of ownership.

Riv-Ver:Man!.....or the symbol formerly known as Riverman

sdrwtcn
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sdrwtcn 08/06/10 - 05:23 am
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Cleanup, I hope they move

Cleanup, I hope they move right next door to you!! I hope they have an Escalade with $5, 000 worth of stereo to entertain you and lots of drug parties everynight.

cubbie
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cubbie 08/06/10 - 05:26 am
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More crazies . And living

More crazies . And living right next door. Just like the druggies, they are moving in to the smaller towns away from the cities. Scarey. All of us need to be nosey about our neighbors and more aware of what is going on around us. Just "minding our own business" does not work any more. God, please, Bless America.

justus4
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justus4 08/06/10 - 05:36 am
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Only in the last paragraph
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Only in the last paragraph did the article expose its true purpose, that is when ethnicity was introduced and thus, the foundation laid. This article is exactly the kind that exaggerates the facts and uses a quick dose of fear mongering with "killed two" officers, that will get the maximum reaction from the uninformed masses. Then the term "sovereign citizen" will conjure up images of U know who, with the Feds hot on their trail for possible terrorist activities. Nothing new here, just a blatant attempt to paint a particular group of citizens in a negative manner.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/06/10 - 06:10 am
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"Various sovereign groups, a

"Various sovereign groups, a subset of the Patriot movement, have evolved over the past 30 years, but all share a common belief that tricks and procedures exist to allow people not to follow statutory laws, Potok said."

This leads me to believe there are many whites into this thing, too.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/06/10 - 06:34 am
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This has to be the stupidest

This has to be the stupidest thing ever. Filing false documents is not legal, and whoever does so will be caught. Anybody doing this has to be crazy, and race has nothing to do with being crazy. I agree with you, Riverman1.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/06/10 - 06:36 am
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This has nothing to do with

This has nothing to do with racism and everything to do with crazy nutjobs that are crooks.

Justus, I hate to break the news to you, but Jerry and Joseph Kane were white and belonged to white supremacy groups.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/06/10 - 07:34 am
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Corgimom, thanks for pointing

Corgimom, thanks for pointing that out to Justus. I was wondering how long it would be before that would be brought up to clarify and prove this isn't about race, but about stupidity.

KingJames
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KingJames 08/06/10 - 07:35 am
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Corgimom, I AGREE WITH YOU ON

Corgimom, I AGREE WITH YOU ON YOUR 7:36 POST!!!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/06/10 - 08:17 am
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LOL don't you love it when

LOL don't you love it when the board racist come on and make fools of themselves?...This article has nothing to do with race........Brad the "paperwork" remark was priceless....I too feel for the real militia!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 08/06/10 - 08:31 am
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I'm stumped on this one. No
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I'm stumped on this one. No idea what to say!

rkeefe57
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rkeefe57 08/06/10 - 08:31 am
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Mark Potok is NOT a lawyer,

Mark Potok is NOT a lawyer, although he is the SPLC's $146,000 donor-dollar public relations guru.

Potok has no legal or law enforcement background, he's merely a grossly overpaid PR man. Potok earns his keep by convincing the SPLC's mostly elderly donor base that "hate groups" are hiding behind every rock and tree. http://wp.me/pCLYZ-C

Potok must be doing something right, since the SPLC reports that it now has nearly $190 MILLION donor-dollars in cash on hand. Maybe they should give Potok a bigger cut of the loot.

http://wp.me/pCLYZ-2a

peonynut
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peonynut 08/06/10 - 08:55 am
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Must be extremely tired this

Must be extremely tired this morning because I had a hard time following the story as it was written. From killing cops in Arkansas to Atlanta mansions and all over the place. Maybe I will read it again later when I am more awake.

momster59
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momster59 08/06/10 - 08:56 am
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Riverman - Your 5:59 post

Riverman - Your 5:59 post made my morning. As everyone has already pointed out, this story has nothing to do with race. Con artists are equal opportunity criminals.

KSL
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KSL 08/09/10 - 10:36 am
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It's almost noon and I had

It's almost noon and I had trouble following it.

Apolache MSTA
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Apolache MSTA 08/31/10 - 02:37 am
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I.S.L.A.M. and greetings. I,

I.S.L.A.M. and greetings.
I, Noble Grand Aemer Imam Mufti Tafari El Bey personally and on behalf of the local congregation of Moors I represent take offense at the reference to our people as a "black militant group." We are neither black nor militant. Unlike what most would wish to believe, the people commonly and incorrectly known as "black" did not fall out of the sky and into chains nor are we from Africa. Like every other group of people on this planet, we too possess a national identity and national flag. We are Moors indigenous to the landmass known as North and South America and outlying islands. Ours in a divine national movement aimed at uplifting fallen humanity specifically our fellow Moors still referening to themselves using the brands imposed upon them by their oppressors and current occupiers of the land that is rightfully theirs. Whether you agree with the FACT that Moors are the original people of this land or not (please review the Treaty of Peace and Friendship should you doubt what I say), one thing is for sure: those of Europeon decent are NOT of this land--a fact attested in every history book discussing the invasion of our Moorish homeland. The commentors on this article are correct in saying this is not an issue of race. It an issue of nationality and blantant misclassification.
Should the Augusta Chronicle choose not to print a retraction of the reference to the Moorish Science Temple as black and militant within 5 business days of the posting of this reply, the company shall be held liable for slander, lible and defamation of character, to name a few, the case to be filed in the Federal District Court of Georgia; the venue established to settle differences between the Moors / heirs in fact of this land and its Europeon occupiers.

Cordially

Noble G.A. Imam Mufti Tafari El Bey: A.A., dictated to
Noble Najee-Ullah Bey: A.I. Al-Zahra, Executive Administrator

Apolache MSTA
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Apolache MSTA 08/31/10 - 03:34 am
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Please see attached for print

Please see attached for print screen of this correspondence saved for our records.
https://sites.google.com/site/apolachemsta/announcements/apolachemoorsre....

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