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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996
Adding to imprisoned tax resister M. Elizabeth Broderick's legal woes, state authorities have filed 45 fraud and grand theft charges against her involving a pyramid scheme she allegedly operated before turning to what federal authorities call a phony check scheme inspired by the Montana "freemen." Broderick, 53, of Palmdale, cheated about 900 investors out of thousands of dollars through her California Gold Co.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Adding to imprisoned tax resister M. Elizabeth Broderick's legal woes, state authorities have filed 45 fraud and grand theft charges against her for a pyramid scheme she allegedly operated before turning to what federal authorities call a phony check scheme inspired by the Montana "freemen." Broderick, 53, of Palmdale, cheated about 900 investors out of thousands of dollars through her California Gold Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
State prosecutors have filed charges on 45 counts of fraud and grand theft against a Palmdale woman, accusing her of running a pyramid scheme in Orange County and cheating about 900 investors out of tens of thousands of dollars. Authorities say M. Elizabeth Broderick, 53, sold shares in her California Gold Co., which had offices in Santa Ana and Long Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A routine court hearing erupted into a verbal duel Wednesday between Montana "freemen" disciple M. Elizabeth Broderick of Palmdale and the federal judge who will preside over her trial on fraud and conspiracy charges. "I'm putting you on notice that you are proceeding without jurisdiction or venue," said Broderick, who claims she has renounced her U.S. citizenship and need not answer to the federal government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 1996
A federal judge entered a not guilty plea Monday for a Moreno Valley man charged with assisting Montana "freemen" disciple M. Elizabeth Broderick of Palmdale in a million-dollar bogus check scam. Adolph Hoch, 52, has refused to accept a defense lawyer, saying he is beyond the jurisdiction of the U.S. federal courts. He objected Monday to U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Hillman entering any plea on his behalf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Over furious protests, a federal judge Monday entered a not-guilty plea for M. Elizabeth Broderick, the Palmdale woman charged with mail fraud and conspiracy for an alleged phony check scheme inspired by the Montana "freemen." "I object! I want to protest!" cried Broderick, shackled and clad in a blue jail jumpsuit, as U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Block entered the plea during her arraignment at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.
NEWS
April 28, 1996 | KENNETH R. WEISS and PAUL ELIAS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Lacing their words with anti-government rhetoric from the militia movement, they try to pass bogus checks to pay off big bills, stock their bank accounts with piles of cash or post bail to get out of jail. More than a dozen residents of Ventura County are under investigation on suspicion of attempting to negotiate millions of dollars in fraudulent checks that were designed by the Montana-based "freeman" anti-tax group or other militia-style organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal agents arrested Montana "freemen" associate M. Elizabeth Broderick and four alleged accomplices Thursday, capping a six-month multi-agency investigation into the fiery tax resister who authorities say raked in $1.5 million from a phony check scheme. Federal prosecutors contend that Broderick, 52, has donned the mantle of the burgeoning "patriot movement" to fleece thousands of mostly blue-collar clients by selling allegedly worthless checks, perhaps stashing the money in foreign banks.
NEWS
April 26, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Federal agents arrested Montana "freemen" associate M. Elizabeth Broderick on Thursday, capping a six-month multi-agency investigation into the fiery tax resister who authorities say raked in $1.5 million from a phony-check scheme and may have stashed the cash in foreign bank accounts. Federal prosecutors contend that Broderick, 52, has donned the mantle of the burgeoning "patriot" movement to fleece thousands of mostly blue-collar clients by selling allegedly worthless checks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1996 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
From Port Hueneme to Alabama, they came by the hundreds for M. Elizabeth Broderick's homemade checks, the ones that the fiery tax resister tells her audiences are good to pay any debt. What they got for their $125 and $200 registration fees, federal officials say, are pieces of paper whose only value lies in the minds of Broderick and other members of the so-called Patriot movement, whose anti-government beliefs have prompted them to form their own courts and treasuries.
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