“Sovereign Citizens” Squat in Foreclosed homes in Illinois

Torrez Moore is a member of the group of “Sovereign Citizens” who claim that the laws of the United States do not apply to them. How convenient, as this viewpoint could allow them to steal other’s property, claim it as their own, and try to rent it out and make criminal profits from other’s homes.

Torrez Moore, David Farr, Raymond Trimble, and Arshad Thomas were charged as described by this law enforcement officer:

“they…engaged in a pattern of illegal activity in which they unlawfully claimed foreclosed or vacant properties as their own and either moved into the property themselves or rented the home to a third party and acted as a landlord. On multiple occasions the defendant unlawfully entered the properties, changed the locks and then filed fraudulent documents with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds Office to verify alleged ownership of the property.”

They claim to belong to the “Sovereign Nation”of Moors which is a group of so-called Sovereign Citizens:

Prosecutors also said the men are part of the Sovereign Nation, or Moors, and “claim that they do not recognize the government as having jurisdiction over them, nor do they recognize the authority of most law enforcement agencies.”

However, probably to his dismay, Torrez apparently is subject to US law, as he’s been sentenced to 11 years in prison. Thank you US justice system.

Following a three-day trial at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building, 2600 S. California Ave., Moore was convicted on Oct. 21, 2016, of Class X theft, Class X financial institution fraud and continuing a financial crimes enterprise

According to court records, several counts were merged, and IDOC records show that Moore was convicted of theft of property worth over $1 million.

Some new laws in Illinois make it a little bit easier for owners to protect their properties from others filing fake ownership documents on them:

In August 2015, a new law made it possible for property owners, or anyone who is a party to court proceedings, such as a bank, to file a petition with a judge asking for a seal on a property that would shield it from any filings.

Last August, a law was passed that requires local government zoning boards to be alerted by the court if any group or individual attempts to claim ownership of property under the Abandoned Housing Rehabilitation Act.

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