A woman claiming to be a member of an anti-government group called the "Moorish Nation" has claimed a multi-million dollar estate in East Memphis as her own. Members of the organization have tried to occupy homes around the country. Now they've taken over a foreclosed home on Shady Grove Road.
The front gate is chained shut and a foreign flag is hanging out front.
The estate is on the market with an asking price of $2.7 million. Photos from the real estate website show the lavish interior with five bedrooms and six and a half baths.
Tabitha Gentry filed paperwork with the Shelby County Register of Deeds and the property owner, Renasant Bank.
In the 13 page document, Gentry claims she is the rightful owner of the property as a member of the "Moorish Nation."
The group has tried similar schemes in other states, and its members believe US laws don't apply to them.
Tabitha Gentry was arrested by Memphis Police in October after officers pulled her over. They say she showed an ID claiming she is a Sovereign Citizen and that she refused to follow instructions and drove away striking two officers.
The bank ordered the squatters to leave the home. They gave them a Wednesday afternoon deadline, but it passed without any action.
"If there's any legal way to remove them from the neighborhood that's what I would prefer, because they are obviously not compatible with the people that are currently living out here in my opinion," says neighbor David Peck.
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