Mansion squatter arrested: A mansion squatter who claimed membership with the “Moorish Nation” was arrested in Memphis.
A woman who claimed ownership of a $2.7 million mansion in East Memphis was arrested on burglary and trespassing charges on Friday. She claimed to be part of the “Moorish Nation” anti-government group that has tried to take over properties across the United States.
Tabitha Gentry, also known as Abka Re Bey, is said to have settled her family in the mansion, which was previously foreclosed and owned by a bank, according to WAFB-9 television.
She was charged with two counts of criminal trespassing and for stealing $60,000 in property.
Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrested Gentry at the 9,000-square-foot home. Members of the Moorish Nation group believe U.S. laws do not apply to them and they have attempted to squat in homes across the nation, reported Fox 13 in Memphis.
According to paperwork she filed with the Shelby County Register of Deeds and property owner Renasant Bank, Gentry said the mansion belonged to her, citing her membership with the group.
“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,” neighbor David Peck told the station.
WAFB reported that her 13-year-old daughter was with her when she was arrested. SWAT teams apparently cut the chains on the mansion’s gate and they entered the mansion at around 1 a.m.
Sheriff’s spokesman Chip Washington told the The Commercial Appeal newspaper that Gentry was “not happy” when she was arrested.
“She was rather animated,” he said.
Gentry was also arrested in October for allegedly assaulting two officers. Police said she showed them an ID saying she is a sovereign citizen, meaning they can’t arrest her, according to Fox.
Her cousin, Trenisha Gentry, told Fox that when Tabitha was introduced to the Moorish Nation movement, she changed radically.
“She has never had braids and she was never part of no Moorish Nation or something like that,” Trenisha was quoted as saying.
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