- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A man who claimed he had immunity from U.S. law has been convicted of producing and distributing false diplomatic credentials.

A federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday convicted 60-year-old James T. McBride of Columbus, Ohio, one count of conspiracy, one count of causing the impersonation of a diplomat and four counts of producing false identification documents.

Prosecutors say McBride was the leader of a group called Divine Province and promised people they could avoid taxes and debts if they pay to enroll in his society.

Authorities say McBride produced and distributed false diplomatic identification cards to the group’s members, and encouraged them to make claims of diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest, debts or taxes.

A sentencing date has not been set.


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