Columbus Man Convicted In False Credentials Case

Aug 14, 2014

James McBride
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Sentencing is pending for a Columbus man who claimed he had immunity from U.S. law.

A federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia has convicted 60-year-old James McBride on six criminal charges for  producing and distributing false diplomatic credentials.  Prosecutors say McBride was the leader of a group called Divine Province and promised people they could avoid taxes and debts if they pay to enroll in his society. Prosecutors say McBride produced and distributed false diplomatic identification cards to group members, and encouraged them to make claims of diplomatic immunity to avoid arrest, debts or taxes.