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Former minister Mark Manuel of Franklin, TN is one of three defendants who have been convicted of helping to swindle millions of dollars out of people desperate for relief from their debts. Manuel is part of the sovereign citizen movement. Individuals associated with the movement often believe they have the right to opt out of the statute law of civil authorities in favor of common or natural law. (More about the Manuel case at the FBI website.)
Mark Manuel, the former minister at the Community Life Fellowship in Franklin, and two others were convicted in federal court in South Carolina for what prosecutors describe as a scheme concocted by Manuel and his fellow sovereign citizens.