NASHVILLEâ€”Five East Tennessee men who have been identified as “sovereign citizens,” including one from Oak Ridge and another from Clinton, were sentenced to 20-50 years in prison on Wednesday after filing fraudulent liens worth hundreds of millions of dollars against public officials, law enforcement officers, and others.
The five defendantsâ€”who included Austin Gary Cooper, 69, of Clinton, and Lee Harold Cromwell, 68, of Oak Ridgeâ€”had earlier been convicted of more than 200 counts of forgery and filing unlawful liens. That was at the end of a six-day trial inÂ Davidson County Criminal Court in Nashville in late April.
Their sentencing hearing was Wednesday. It lasted more than three hours.
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