Five ‘sovereign citizens’ charged after they moved into widow’s $1.5 million house and claimed property
Five self-proclaimed sovereign citizens, including a dentist and a sex offender, have been charged after they entered a widow’s $1.5 million home after she marketed it, changed the locks and filed false legal documents to claim the property. to claim.
The homeowner, who has not been named out of fear for her safety, had listed the property and left after her husband – a prominent commercial real estate agent – died last year, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The squatters, including a baby, moved into the $1.5 million mansion on Baltimore’s Falls Road in June.
Police have since arrested two of the squatters, Tessa Mona Modiri and Michael Lawrence, on charges including burglary, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Sovereign citizens believe a decades-old conspiracy theory that claims that the US government set up by the founding fathers has been secretly replaced, and that laws and law enforcement are a sham.
Five self-proclaimed sovereign citizens, including a dentist and sex offender, have been charged after they moved into the home of a $1.5 million widow
The homeowner, who has asked not to be named for fear of her safety, had listed the property and moved
The squatters have chained her driveway, warning intruders to stay off the property as they park a Mercedes-Benz in the garage
The mansion listing described the house as a ‘Telluride-style resort lodge nestled on a hilltop overlooking lush forests’
The three other squatters have also been charged, but have not yet been arrested, according to the newspaper. They were identified as Ayyannaabe Cox, Cesar Tellez Zuniga and Kia Dyer.
The mansion listing described the house as a “Telluride-style resort lodge nestled on a hilltop overlooking lush forests.”
The 2.5-storey house has a great room with vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace. The home’s kitchen features a luxurious butler’s pantry and an indoor pizza oven. The house also has a wrap-around porch and ‘magic tree house’, as well as a guest suite and living area above the 3.5-car garage.
The Baltimore Sun acquired a series of lawsuits filed between Modiri and the homeowner describing the saga, as well as the indictment documents for the squatters.
DailyMail.com has contacted the clerks of Hartford County Circuit Court and Baltimore County Circuit Court to obtain the lawsuits filed.
DailyMail.com has also reached out to the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore County Police Department for more information about the arrests.
Modiri, 36, calls herself a “non-citizen” and the court records include an address for her shared with Renu Medspa — whose website describes her as a dentist, the Baltimore Sun reported.
In June, Modiri filed a complaint against the homeowner, alleging that she hired an outside real estate agency to short-sell the property, which is legal in Maryland, although the homeowner denies the allegations.
Modiri claims the house belongs to her because it was “clearly abandoned” and claims she entered it through a broken back door, the Baltimore Sun reported. Maryland law allows intruders to legally own a property by occupying it for 20 years, the outlet noted.
Police said one of the squatters allegedly posed as a buyer’s agent to hire a home inspector and hired a contractor to install new security cameras.
The 2.5-storey house has a great room with vaulted wood-beamed ceilings and a stone fireplace
The kitchen of the house features a luxurious butler’s pantry and an indoor pizza oven
The house also has a wrap-around porch and ‘magic tree house’, as well as a guest suite and living area above the 3.5-car garage
The squatters refused to come out when officers went to the house last month and demanded they leave the mansion, the Baltimore Sun reported. The police even tried to get them to leave by deploying helicopters and armored vehicles.
Police eventually received a warrant when they identified one of the squatters, Warren, as a convicted felon during a traffic stop on June 23 as he exited the property.
Warren had previously been convicted of a number of sex crimes and for impersonating a lawyer, the Baltimore Sun reported.
He was arrested when officers searched the house and found a loaded gun and ammunition in a safe. He has been beaten on burglary and gun charges and is being held without bail in the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Court records show that Modiri has also filed a lawsuit to claim ownership of a foreclosed commercial property in Harford County.
Sovereign citizens are often tied to crimes such as tax evasion, squatting or ignoring laws such as owning a driver’s license or registering their vehicles.
While sovereign citizens are not an organized group with leadership, some sovereign citizens have been classified as domestic terrorists by the FBI.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a national group that tracks extremism in the United States, notes that “sovereign citizens feel that they—not judges, juries, law enforcement officers, or elected officials—should decide which laws to obey.”
“Most sovereign citizens also don’t think they should pay taxes,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“They clog the courts with illegible files and, when cornered, many of them lash out, retaliating with acts of paper terrorism and, in the most extreme cases, acts of deadly violence – usually directed against government officials.”