Three Chester City residents were indicted Tuesday on charges of filing false land deeds for about $5 million worth of properties, then occupying or renting or selling them.
Steven Hameed, 56, Darnell Young, 48, and Damond Palmer, 41, filed the false deeds with the Delaware County Recorder of Deeds office for properties owned by the government or banks, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia.
They each were charged with conspiracy, bank fraud, interference with tax laws, and related crimes. Hameed and Young claimed to be a married couple, according to the indictment.
The trio described themselves as "sovereign citizens" - part of a movement that does not recognize U.S. laws or believes in paying taxes, the indictment said.