Man who sold fake immunity papers gets 3 ½ years

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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 3:47 PM

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man who claimed he was the keeper of the seal of St. Peter has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison for selling 2,000 fake documents that he said would protect buyers from U.S. law and taxes.

Sixty-year-old James McBride led and founded a movement called Divine Province. At hotel seminars and through his website, he sold the fake diplomatic cards and driver's permits, according to court records.

More than 100 people attended one such event in September 2012 at the Washington Dulles Hilton. McBride produced the documents on the spot for five ounces of silver — worth about $168 at the time.

His lawyer, Jeffrey Zimmerman, who served as a standby counsel during trial, said McBride will appeal his conviction.