LAS VEGAS — Authorities have arrested in North Dakota a fugitive they describe as a national leader in the “sovereign citizens” movement.
Fifty-seven-year-old Samuel Davis pleaded guilty last year in a $1.3 million money laundering scheme in Las Vegas. A judge sentenced him to almost five years in prison.
Davis allegedly failed to surrender to serve his prison sentence. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports deputies arrested Davis last week in White Earth, a community of about 80 in northwest North Dakota.
Davis, who lives in Idaho, and co-defendant Shawn Rice were indicted in 2009 after an undercover FBI investigation in Las Vegas. The two men took a cut of money funneled through accounts they controlled.
Adherents of the movement say they are above the government’s jurisdiction and aren’t obligated to pay taxes.