A fired Bibb County sheriff’s deputy and two other men charged in a real estate scam have filed a federal lawsuit seeking $100 million for alleged racial discrimination and due process claims, among other complaints.
The suit was filed by former deputy Albert Gordon Murray, 53; Clifford Greene, 58; and Dimitrious Brown, 33, in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
Another man charged in the case, 51-year-old Lemroyal James, is not named as a plaintiff in the suit.
The four men are accused of filing false liens and possession affidavits for vacant homes and changing door locks in attempts to rent or sell homes they didn’t own.
The lawsuit filed by Murray, Greene and Brown names the following defendants: Bibb County Sheriff David Davis and investigator Sgt. Jason Batchelor, District Attorney David Cooke, Superior Court Clerk Erica Woodford, a locksmith, and owners and operators of properties in the alleged scam.
In addition to their discrimination and due process violation claims, Murray, Greene and Brown contend that Woodford refused to file their lawsuit, causing them to file in federal court.
Contacted for comment Friday, Woodford said she hadn’t been served with a copy of the lawsuit and declined comment.
Although it’s not clear whether Murray, Greene and Brown are members of the Sovereign Citizens Movement, they seem to adhere to the group’s beliefs, Davis said.
Beliefs of Sovereign Citizens members include that the government is unjust, they’re not bound by U.S. law and banks are a sham.
Davis said the group is known to file suits seeking “exorbitant amounts,” tying up the legal system.
“It’s just a pattern of how they operate,” he said.
He denied the allegations of discrimination or that due process rights were violated.
Still, the sheriff’s office and other defendants must mount a legal defense to respond to the suit, Davis said.
Also contacted Friday, Cooke said, “I’m not intimidated. I look forward to the day I meet them in court.”
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