Muslim Squatter Takes Over Million Dollar Mansion... Asserts Soveriegn Citizenship
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ninti El-Bey walked up the steps to a lavish Piper Glen home trailed by a bevy of TV news cameras.
“I’m lawfully here,” she said responding to questions.
She walked through the front door of the home and closed the doors. In court records, El-Bey states the property is owned by the “International Indigenous Trust.”
Mecklenburg County property records prove otherwise — that the home is in foreclosure and is owned by a bank.
An investigation by Eyewitness News found El-Bey’s situation is far from unique.
Sovereign citizens a “plague,” some say
Sgt. Kory Flowers of the Greensboro Police Department said the problem began to arise in North Carolina in 2009. With the economy faltering, people were adopting the idea of sovereign citizenship. It includes the belief they are exempt from government, law and taxes.”That was also the time that several of our street officers had problems with sovereigns and then ended up getting sued,” Flowers said.
Sovereign citizens would often file bogus liens and lawsuits against officers, prosecutors and judges who encountered them. Flowers described it as “paper terrorism.”
Flowers and his partner began training themselves and studying the variety of methods used by sovereign citizens.
“That was really our introduction, and we started digging into the movement, the subversive movement, and determined that it, honestly, it’s a worldwide phenomenon.”
Flowers said a large number of the cases involving sovereign citizens are tied to the Moorish Science Temple of America.
The religion, founded in 1913 by a Durham native, has roots in Islam. It has strong populations in North Carolina and New Jersey…