Three men tied to a controversial Nuwaubian Nation religious sect are being charged with using fake certified checks to purchase two homes in Stone Mountain, Ga.
The men bought the properties in the Ivy Oaks subdivision, paying $500,000 for one home and $498,000 for the other. Police said the fraudulent checks were created after one of the suspects filed a lien for $283 million against the U.S. Postal Service’s payroll bank account/assets and real property.
“This is a practice that these individuals do in this group. They file liens and judgement against people in court when they feel like they’ve been wronged by individuals,” said Sgt. K.K. Jones with DeKalb County police.
The suspects were successful cashing some of those certificates but alarmed police when they tried to cash a check for $3 million.
“The first thing that alarmed me was the enormous amount, $289 million, and the payroll information, the postal payroll and account information. We haven’t yet figured out how they obtained that information,” said Luke Hall with the U.S. Postal Service.
DeKalb County police claim the men also tried to buy land in Bibb County in an attempt to reestablish a home base for the Yamassee Nuwaubian Mour/Moore Tribal Community.
The suspects — William Carroll, also known as “Nayyaa Rafl El,” Robert C. Dukes, also known as “Nayya Elisha EL” and Darius Sampson, also known as “KhuFu” — used documents in the form of certified checks that they created called “certified tender of payment certificate” and “statement of assignment in accounts,” police said.
An investigation revealed that two of the suspects are post office employees. Police have not specified which two they are.
All three men are charged with theft by deception and identity fraud, police said.
The trio is believed to be affiliated with the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors in Putnam County, which was raided last year on suspicions of minors being transported across state lines for sex. Police arrested the group’s leader — 36-year-old took Dwight D. York — and his longtime associate, 33-year-old Kathy Johnson.