U.S. sovereign group's leader convicted of selling fake IDs

A federal jury in Virginia has found an Ohio man who led an anti-government group guilty of selling fake diplomatic IDs to help group members avoid arrest or paying taxes and debts, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria. James McBride, 60, the leader of the sovereign citizen group Divine Province, contended that the U.S. government was a “municipal corporation” that did not have authority over the group’s members, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a statement late on Wednesday. A U.S. District Court jury in Alexandria, Virginia, found McBride guilty on Wednesday of conspiracy, causing the impersonation of a diplomat and producing false identification documents, the U.S. attorney’s statement said. Divine Province earned close to $500,000 from the sales, according to the U.S. attorney’s statement.

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