Las Vegas man gets probation for fake real estate filings

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to probation for filing fake real estate paperwork.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Thomas Benson was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation. He was sentenced Monday to two years of probation in a separate case.

Benson pleaded guilty in January to felony charges of offering a false instrument for filing or recording and false representation concerning title.

Authorities say the charges stem from Benson’s attempted takeover of a foreclosed Las Vegas house. Authorities say he sued for the property and filed a lease for it on the same day in 2016.

Prosecutors say Benson is a follower of the anti-government "sovereign citizen" ideology. Benson has made a series of bizarre statements in court filings, including claims that he’s not a person.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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