Ala 'sovereign citizen' convicted in federal court

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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.



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