03/14/2011

FBI eyes anti-government 'Sovereign Citizens'

Federal authorities are tracking a possible connection between foreclosed home seizures and the so-called 'sovereign citizen' sect

By Tammy Joyner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — Federal authorities are seeing an increase in the number of foreclosed and unoccupied homes in metro Atlanta being seized by members of an anti-government group.

"I'm not sure I can connect it with the economy, but we've seen a surge of these in the last year, in particular," Stephen Emmett, special agent in the Atlanta field office of the FBI, said recently. Emmett said federal and local authorities increasingly are running into confrontations with members of a sect known as "sovereign citizens."

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