Ala 'sovereign citizen' convicted in federal court
FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man involved with anti-government ideology is facing up to 25 years in prison after being convicted on a finance-related charge.
A jury in Florence convicted 64-year-old Donald Joe Barber of Pinson on charges of mailing a fake financial note in an attempt to pay off his mortgage.
Prosecutors announced the conviction Wednesday. Jurors returned the verdict late Tuesday.
Authorities say Barber is part of a sovereign citizen group that claims to be independent of many U.S. government laws. They say he mailed a fake promissory note for $10 million while attempting to satisfy his mortgage.
A federal judge scheduled Barber's sentencing for July 31.
Aside from the prison term, Barber could be ordered to pay a fine of $250,000.