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3 men convicted for selling diplomatic IDs

Monday, August 31, 2009 | 4:04 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A federal jury in Kansas City has convicted three men of participating in a conspiracy to buy and sell fraudulent diplomatic credentials.

The defendants — 66-year-old David L. Robinson of Lawrence, Kan., 50-year-old Daniel Denham of Kingsville, Mo., and 52-year-old Larry Goodyke of Henderson, Nev. — were found guilty Monday.

Prosecutors say the men had connections to the sovereign citizen movement, which rejects the legitimacy of the U.S. government. The three were convicted of a conspiracy to use, buy and sell fraudulent diplomatic cards from before July 2006 to Oct. 18, 2007.

The men were accused of telling buyers that the cards would grant them sovereign status that would spare them from paying taxes and give them diplomatic immunity.

A sentencing date has not been set.

 


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