July 15, 2015

Jury Convicts Sovereign Citizen of Retaliating Against a Federal Judge and Prosecutor

In Houston today, a federal jury convicted 44–year-old Tyrone Eugene Jordan, a sovereign citizen residing in Houston, for retaliating against a federal judge and prosecutor by making false claims announced Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner, Houston Division.

The jury convicted Jordan of three counts of retaliation against a federal officer or employee by false claim. Evidence and trial testimony revealed that in October 2014, Jordan filed a fraudulent lien—a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Financial Statement—with the Texas Secretary of State which claimed that a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of Texas owed the defendant $6,534,500. Furthermore, in January 2015, the defendant knowingly filed two separate fraudulent documents (Affidavit of Obligation Commercial Lien) with the Harris County Clerk’s Office—Real Property Department claiming that the federal prosecutor mentioned above and a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of Texas were Lien Debtors to the defendant. Testimony also revealed that the defendant filed the fraudulent documents against the victims in retaliation for their roles as prosecutor and sitting judge in a prior criminal case involving the defendant.

“Jordan’s sole purpose was to harass these public servants for having done their jobs. Such malicious harassment of public officials is intolerable,” stated Acting United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.

In April 2010, Jordan was convicted following a jury trial of conspiracy to commit money laundering and conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. He was subsequently sentenced to 63 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

As a result of today’s verdict, Jordan faces a maximum ten years in federal prison for each charge. Jordan, who remains in federal custody, is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:15 a.m. on October 9, 2015, in Houston before United States District Judge Gray H. Miller.

This case was investigated by the FBI together with the United States Marshals Service for the Southern District of Texas. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Wannarka is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.