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Sovereign citizens accused of downtown parking scam

A self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" is behind bars, accused of running a downtown parking scheme. A self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" is behind bars, accused of running a downtown parking scheme.
Police arrested Eddie Medlock and Noble Atum Re El-Bey. Police arrested Eddie Medlock and Noble Atum Re El-Bey.

(WMC-TV) - A self-proclaimed "sovereign citizen" is behind bars, accused of running a downtown parking scheme.

George Pappas owns Best Park. That is 25 parking lots and 3,300 parking spaces. But he spends seven days a week chasing of scammers pretending to work at the lots, collecting money from unsuspecting drivers trying to park.

"It's frustrating," he said.

Over the weekend, it happened at a neighboring Central Parking lot.

Police arrested Eddie Medlock and Noble Atum Re El-Bey. Both claim to be Moorish American Nationals, just like Tabitha Gentry, or Abka Re Bey, who squatted in a $3 million mansion on Shady Grove Road for nearly a week.

When police showed up at the Central Parking lot, they say Medlock jumped into a stranger's car and told her to drive. She jumped out unharmed, ran to police, and left him sitting in the car, not escaping.

Police say Medlock told them he had only taken money from one parker.

Pappas wants to use this opportunity to warn drivers to be careful when paying people to park.

"These guys just look for an opportunity," he said. "If you're going to pay somebody, make sure they have a uniform and an ID badge."

If you don't, you risk getting ticketed or towed because it is law to pay to park, regardless of what you believe in.

Pappas also says that when you pull out of the parking lot, your ticket is trash. It is not worth anything and should not be given to anyone.

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