Criminal Justice

Anti-Government Activist Arrested After Trying to Force US into Bankruptcy

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An anti-government activist who became involved in the bankruptcy of the Giordano’s pizza chain has been charged in a separate case.

Marshall Home was arrested after filing court papers seeking to force the U.S. government into bankruptcy, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Bankruptcy Beat blog and Tucson Weekly. He was charged with two counts of false claims in bankruptcy.

Home, a member of the sovereign citizens movement, was accused of promising homeowners facing foreclosure that they would become part of his “larger overall bankruptcy liquidation” if they paid him a $500 fee. He then filed court papers on behalf of 173 people participating in his mortgage rescue service, according to the government press released posted by Tucson Weekly.

Home supplied documents to the owners of the Chicago-based Giordano’s pizza chain and filed a $150 million lien against the restaurants. The owners, John Apostolou and his wife, had filed court papers declaring themselves “American Freemen” who don’t recognize U.S. currency. Apostolou told the Chicago Tribune that Home had supplied the documents.

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