LAS VEGAS (AP) — A self-proclaimed rabbi and lawyer who prosecutors say laundered about $1.3 million while leading an anti-government group is set to begin trial in Nevada.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://goo.gl/IjSRr ) that 49-year-old Shawn Rice waived his right to a jury trial and is letting U.S. District Court Judge James Mahan decide his fate. The trial began Monday and Rice is representing himself.
Prosecutors say Rice and co-defendant Samuel Davis of Council, Idaho, laundered the money from March 2008 to March 2009 through theft and check forgery. Davis was sentenced to 57 months in prison.
Authorities say Rice led the "sovereign citizens" group. Authorities say the movement's members declare themselves to be above the government's jurisdiction and have tried to disrupt or overthrow the government using violence, harassment and intimidation.