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Squatter claims newly constructed $500k Gwinnett County house

In a bizarre Facebook post, a squatter staked his claim on a brand new, $500,000 house in Georgia. He then moved himself and his nephew into the dwelling, and posted signs on the windows claiming he now owned the property.

The house is located on Settles Brook Court. Neighbors attempted to communicate with the man telling him that he had no right there. However, he continued to argue with them, as well as law enforcement. The new owners would change the locks, and the man would change them again.

He claims that because they were “indigenous Moors people,” they could stake claim on the house and land. What he is referring to are beliefs that African-Americans are descendants of Moabites, making them ancestrally Moorish. The Moorish are of Native American descendant, giving them specific land rights. This is also known as the sovereign citizen movement.

At the end of the day, the man was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and making false statements. In the state of Georgia, this is a misdemeanor charge. It is committed when a person causes damages to a property in the amount of $500 or less, or when a person maliciously interferes with possession or use of property. Making a false statement is a felony charge carrying a 1- to 5-year jail sentence, and a maximum $1,000 fine. Anyone charged with these types of crimes can benefit from the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. He or she may be able to negotiate reduced sentences or plea deals.

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