Delusional Thieves Caught Stealing Entire Mansions

A ring of confused folk in Georgia are stealing entire million-dollar homes, deeding themselves the property with bogus paperwork and squatting inside.


One of the suspects filed an “affidavit of free land” and filed documents that gave himself the deed to the house. It included a picture of the twenty-one silver dollars he paid himself for the property. He has done the same for several different properties, and then posts Facebook status updates to try to give the houses away to low-income single parents.

“Our ancestors were Moors and Hebrew Israelities and Mexican nationals,” he jabbered to WSBTV. “Which says hey, this land is free land and no need to fight over it, just go get it.”

They call themselves “sovereign citizens,” not beholden to US law, and say they’re not stealing because only people can own property, not banks. It’s not theft because you can’t steal from someone who doesn’t own something, they say.

I wonder if they’re also interested in municipal infrastructure. I’ve got a bridge I can sell you for twenty-one silver dollars too.

Another Stolen House Raided; 5 More Sovereign Citizens Sought [WSBTV] (Thanks to GS!)

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  1. Mobius says:

    Does that guy work for Bank of America in their foreclosure department?

  2. Warren - aka The Piddler on the Roof says:

    “…this land is free land and no need to fight over it, just go get it.”

    Yup. And if you squat on property that ain’t yours, the po-lice will come and ‘get it’ from you.

    Douche bag.

  3. humphrmi says:

    I see that the Redemption Movement is branching out to the ‘hood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redemption_movement#Theory

  4. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I am sure they were hoping that they would get just one of the properties due to the banks screw ups.

  5. Clyde Barrow says:

    Hey DA Melvin, I bet you wished this guy worked for you. lol. He’d be a damn good attorney only in his case, he’s stealing without a law license.

    District Attorney Melvin is probably looking over this guy’s paperworking that there must be a way to make this work,,,legally.

    • mythago says:

      No, DA Melvin is probably wondering what this guy is smoking. If you think this guy would make a great lawyer, you probably also believe that somebody who says cars run on phlogiston and are pushed by angels makes a great mechanic.

  6. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    ‘Sovereign Citizen’? Given what a ‘citizen’ is, I’m not sure such a thing is possible, unless say you happen to be an absolute monarch. Even then, can you be a citizen of yourself?

    Dubious.

    • ARP says:

      Some of the more extreme teabaggers are doing this, essentially declaring that they’re not subject to the US laws that they don’t think are constitutional.

      One of those people killed two police officers.

    • Karita says:

      I used to hold hearings on parking tickets (resigned last month). About 6 months ago, we started getting crazy 8-page letters from a fake lawyer claiming that at least a dozen different people, who happened to be protesting tickets, were Moorish sovereign citizens, and were not subject to our parking laws. There is something strange going on out there right now…

      • Alexk says:

        The “Moor” nonsense isn’t particularly new. My wife used to hear it in her days managing a bank branch during the mid-eighties. What was funny was that most of the people who claimed it didn’t know how to pronounce the word, and they kept telling my wife they were “Mores.”

  7. Rectilinear Propagation says:

    Basically, his argument is that he doesn’t have to obey the law because he doesn’t feel like it.

    I’m sure that’ll go over real well in court.

    • LastError says:

      Wait until he gets to prison and preaches this stuff to other inmates. Just like when car thieves go to prison to learn how to do a better job stealing cars, this idiocy will be indoctrinated into the minds of dozens of people, who will attempt it themselves when they get out.

    • mac-phisto says:

      seems to work for the banks.

      the parallels here between numb-nuts & the nation’s largest banks are astounding.

  8. NydiaGeben says:

    The twisted criminal mind.

  9. Clyde Barrow says:

    This land is your land
    but now in my hands,

    I will not buy it
    or make a deal,

    See how much I love you
    cuz I’m not stealing,

    Oh please don’t take
    my land awayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

  10. Retired Again says:

    Bandana head, you just have to get something for free don’t you. EVER tried working and trying to succeed at something besides theft, bs, ETC.? Naw, you are always the victim, whining, bitter and
    add NOTHING to society, your family OR yourself.
    SO SICK OF YOUR TYPES.

  11. The cake is a lie! says:

    So if they have renounced their US Citizenship, doesn’t that make them illegal aliens? To which country will they be deported to? Perhaps we should just send them back to the land of their ancestors and let them claim whatever land they have back there.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      That’s part of why you can’t renounce your US citizenship unless you do so from an embassy on foreign soil or become a citizen of another country.

    • RosevilleWgn says:

      “They are anti-government extremists who refuse to answer to state or local authority.”

      Isn’t that what Gitmo is for? They are welcome to try and take *that* facility.

  12. Shadowfax says:

    Oh gawd. Sovereign Citizens. I’ve dealt with these lunatics before.

    They also think the US government is illegitimate because the American Flags in some government offices have a gold border.

    Total whackjobs, the lot of ‘em.

  13. Mike says:

    Idiot. The way you steal homes is this:

    1. Start a bank
    2. Give out loans way too large for people to afford
    3. Take those loans, bundle them as investments, sell them off.
    4. Hedge yourself 40 to 1 on such investments so that if the economy crashes, you’re screwed.
    5. When the economy crashes, convince the government you are too big to fail, take tax dollars and pay bonuses with them.
    6. Lobby the government to not pass any meaningful legislation to stop this from repeating in the future.
    7. Screw up the entire foreclosure process so that you are kicking people out of the wrong homes, and making it near impossible for the people who can afford a home to buy the empty houses.

    Now THAT is how you steal a home.

  14. chaesar says:

    his mistake was getting Facebook involved

  15. SG-Cleve says:

    With banks freezing all of their foreclosures and a bunch of empty houses in limbo someone’s gotta do something to get those houses turned over and occupied.

  16. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    You have to admire the out-of-the-box thinking.

    • cosmic.charlie says:

      x2 coupled with the fact that they at least went through some of the proper channels to get the paperwork filed and they are better at the gaming the foreclosure market than the banks!

      • Firethorn says:

        No kidding. Just imagine what would have happened if, rather than doing this for multi-million dollar homes, they were doing it to the dime a dozen $100k range homes?

        Given enough time and bank paperwork screwups, I’m sure you might be able to get a judge pissed at them, convinced they’re lying(because they did it so many times before) about the proper paperwork, determine that the bank DID sell it to the crooks and give the crooks the house.

      • Firethorn says:

        No kidding. Just imagine what would have happened if, rather than doing this for multi-million dollar homes, they were doing it to the dime a dozen $100k range homes?

        Given enough time and bank paperwork screwups, I’m sure you might be able to get a judge pissed at them, convinced they’re lying(because they did it so many times before) about the proper paperwork, determine that the bank DID sell it to the crooks and give the crooks the house.

  17. sirwired says:

    Well, it’s slightly LESS delusional than the “Federal Reserve Notes Aren’t Real Money” crowd, who try and remove the bank’s lien on their property since they were lent Dollars, which is an illegal currency. Curiously enough, the promoters of this scheme only accept payment in dollars, even though they allege they are illegal/not worth anything.

    To make it even more looney, the “payoff” for this scheme is that you fraudulently clear your existing lien, and then go get a Home Equity Loan. (A part of that loan goes to pay the promoter of the scheme.) So, you clear your “illegal” mortgage off of the house, and then go get ANOTHER one, to obtain currency in a money you don’t believe is legal, in order to pay off the loon that suckered you into this disaster to begin with.

    • vastrightwing says:

      In essence we have a few individuals who like living under some of our rules for their purposes, and also want to play by different rules when it suits them.

      Sorry fellas, either you play by all the rules or you end up with an entirely different set of rules where you are inside the justice system.

      • mac-phisto says:

        In essence we have a few individuals who like living under some of our rules for their purposes, and also want to play by different rules when it suits them.

        yeah, i believe we call them “corporations” here.

  18. mischlep says:

    There was a guy doing this in Louisiana too. Filing false claims of ownership of properties, some of which he lost in foreclosure, some of which were properties owned by people who had bought the previously foreclosed properties.

    Wasn’t stopped until the feds got him for filing false claims on the homes he didn’t really own in the wake of Katrina.

    http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/nathaniel_dowl_found_guilty_in.html

    It was featured in an episode of This American Life as well. (Episode 409, Act 2)
    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/409/held-hostage

  19. mischlep says:

    There was a guy doing this in Louisiana too. Filing false claims of ownership of properties, some of which he lost in foreclosure, some of which were properties owned by people who had bought the previously foreclosed properties.

    Wasn’t stopped until the feds got him for filing false claims on the homes he didn’t really own in the wake of Katrina.

    http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/nathaniel_dowl_found_guilty_in.html

    It was featured in an episode of This American Life as well. (Episode 409, Act 2)
    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/409/held-hostage

  20. Suburban Idiot says:

    Is filing false paperwork a crime? You wouldn’t think so given how few people who have admittedly filed false paperwork on behalf of banks have been arrested.

  21. benbell says:

    But its not a crime because he didn’t INTEND to steal it. The property was already rightfully his. So he is in the clear. I mean, isn’t that what BoA uses to say they don’t break the law?

    • Alexk says:

      Heck, I saw that argument quite a lot in the thread about the people who changed locks even when the house was still occupied. It wasn’t a crime because “there’s no intent.”

  22. JuanHunt says:

    How do you fix stupid???

    • VeganPixels says:

      You just keep reducing the circle of legitimate governmental authority until you get down to the Nation of One. Yeah, that’ll work.

  23. Bob Lu says:

    21 silver dollars? If the property was in Detroit he probably overpaid.

  24. sopmodm14 says:

    makes sense, i’m gonna eye myself our stupid university dorm and parking, tear it down and rebuild the sh!t out of it

    our school president quit on us so who cares

  25. quijote says:

    This guy failed to work out the details of some/most of his ideas. But the basic ideas are not so crazy. John Locke would not think them so crazy, nor would Thomas Paine.

  26. kylere1 says:

    Terry Nichols also called himself a “sovereign citizen” and deserves nothing but death for killing people along with his cohort in ignorance McVeigh.

  27. Hollihocks says:

    Who has the time to think of this shit? Really? Better yet, I’d really like to know how these people went from rational thinkers to believers of this nonsense. Something tells me they weren’t born “all there.”

  28. deathbecomesme says:

    Wait…somethings not right. Someone is confusing the banks and stealing from them and commenters are throwing rocks at them rather than patting them on the back. Whats going on here!?

    • Rectilinear Propagation says:

      I can’t sign off on this because his reasoning is too stupid.

      That, and this is yet another idiot claiming that his religion/race/nationality (or less logically, that of his ancestors) makes their illegal actions OK. Unfortunately, people insist on thinking that the actions of one person apply to every minority group they happen to belong to.

  29. Veeber says:

    The sovereign citizen defense has popped up in some weird places too. Really interesting article about the history
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2008/0805.carey.html

  30. Difdi says:

    So he’s maintaining that nobody owns a bank either? Or that there are natural limits to how much a person can own, and anything beyond that is free for the taking?