A 53-year-old Jacksonville woman has been indicted with 10 counts of possession of counterfeit government checks in connection with her involvement in an anti-government group, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
If convicted, Verdell Terria Jones faces up to 25 years in federal prison on each of count.
Jones was arrested on April 11 at her home in Jacksonville.
According to facts presented at the detention hearing Thursday, this scheme is part of Jones’ involvement with the Sovereign Citizen Movement and her attempts to pass counterfeit government checks in order to pay off various loans.
The movement involves citizens who do not believe they are subject to government statutes and that they are only answerable to their own interpretation of the law.
Jones’ trial has been scheduled for June 5.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.