A woman in Chesterfield, Missouri, attempted to steal a $4.7 million home on July 3, 2014, by filing false paperwork and claiming to be a sovereign citizen.
Lakresha Slaughter, 28, who also goes by the name of “Queen Makieah Ali Bay,” and her husband, “Rehan Keyaan Alui Bey,” filed a claim with the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds, claiming she owned the property. A letter was then sent to the owners telling them to vacate the home and turn over the keys within 10 days, Fox2 Now reports.
The couple who owns the home was still living there when Slaughter attempted to take possession of the property. They originally put the mansion up for sale and then took it off the market. They contacted authorities to figure out what was going on.
Police say Slaughter considers herself a Moorish American National and part of the sovereign citizens movement. Sovereign citizens have been known to file false legal documents like fake liens, deeds and property claims, according to Fox2 Now. Sovereign citizens generally believe they don’t have to follow the laws of government.
Slaughter’s probable cause statement asserts she told investigators that her father told her to “look into taking back the land that is rightfully hers.”
Slaughter is being charged with two misdemeanors for filing false documents, and the mansion is no longer for sale.
In 2011, an Arizona man, Marshall Edwin Home, 81, who also described himself as a sovereign citizen, decided to run for mayor. The same day he declared himself a mayoral candidate, Home filed documents in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking to place the United States itself into bankruptcy, claiming that he personally had a $3 billion claim against the federal government, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports.
“The anti-government paranoia of so-called ‘sovereign citizens’ becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy when they use their false claims and fraudulent practices to rip off others,” U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a press release, as reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
A few months later, Home was arrested and charged with two counts of making false claims in bankruptcy.