Purported Illinois ‘Sovereign’ Arrested On Charges She Filed False Liens Totaling $1.2 TRILLION; Judges, Famed Prosecutor, Assistants, Federal Agents Allegedly Targeted

Part of the first page of the indictment against purported “sovereign citizen” Cherron Marie Phillips. Source: Screen shot of document published by the Chicago Tribune.

During his days at the Justice Department, Patrick J. Fitzgerald perhaps was America’s most famous prosecutor. When he wasn’t prosecuting terrorism cases in New York (United States v. Usama bin Laden, et al.), he was prosecuting Mafia figures (United States v. John Gambino).

Fitzgerald, now 51 and in private practice, has drawn praise and criticism for his actions against politicians and public officials from both sides of the aisle. From Chicago, he was involved in the successful prosecution of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, in an alleged conspiracy to sell the U.S. Senate seat of Barack Obama, who’d been elected President of the United States in 2008.

And Fitzgerald also presided over the successful prosecution of Scooter Libby, a fixture in the Republican administration of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. It was an exceptionally famous “CIA leaks” case, the underpinnings of which were known as “The Plame Affair,” a sort of Watergate of the early 2000s.

Given Fitzgerald’s participation in high-profile cases against international rogues and terrorists, organized-crime figures and U.S. domestic political elites on both sides of the aisle, it’s easy to forget he also prosecuted or supervised the prosecution of ordinary cases. One such case involved a defendant by the name of Devon Phillips, who pleaded guilty to drug charges four years ago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Cherron Marie Phillips, Phillips’ sister and a purported “sovereign citizen,” now has been charged with filing false liens that seek $100 billion each from Fitzgerald and 11 other public officials, including a chief U.S. District Judge, a U.S. District Judge, two U.S. Magistrate Judges, an assistant U.S. Attorney, a federal court clerk, four federal Task Force officers and a federal agent.

Fitzgerald and the other federal officials are not identified in the Cherron Phillips indictment, but the indictment charges a bogus lien for $100 billion was filed by Phillips in Chicago against a “United States Attorney” on March 14, 2011. The famed prosecutor was Chicago’s U.S. Attorney (the Northern District of Illinois) on that date.

If Phillips were to get her way, every man, woman and child in the United States would owe her brother $3,821.65, a figure arrived at by dividing $1.2 trillion — the sought-after sum — by 314 million, the approximate U.S. population.

The liens were filed in the “public record of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds,” according to the indictment.

Based on the content of the indictment and other records, it appears as though the office of U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Wigginton of the Southern District of Illinois is prosecuting the case against Phillips to remove any questions about whether she could be treated fairly by prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois. Fitzgerald once led the Northern District and, as noted above, he and an assistant U.S. Attorney from that office allegedly were targeted in the liens caper.

The indictment did not say whether taxpayers will incur additional expenses because of the need for a prosecutor in a different district to handle the case. There have been instances in other states in which both federal judges and federal prosecutors have recused themselves because of actions brought by purported “sovereigns.” Judges from other districts and even other states effectively have been flown in to preside over such matters, invariably because the officials targeted in liens capers become potential witnesses.

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9 Responses to “Purported Illinois ‘Sovereign’ Arrested On Charges She Filed False Liens Totaling $1.2 TRILLION; Judges, Famed Prosecutor, Assistants, Federal Agents Allegedly Targeted”

  1. Do you think she would take a personal check??

  2. This stupidity has to be stopped. Either legislation has to be changed or there must be some tough mandatory jail for filing false liens.

  3. Before people begin to speak on matters that they do not understand, research and then give intelligent response. What happen when these same people violate amercian citizen rights, where the justice. River has every right to go after these criminals. Everyday, these thevies and criminals violate there oath to uphold the constitution by violating the rights of the amercian citizens. Where the justice for that. Criminals protect each other in this ungodly system, and they get away with murder. River has every right to go after those criminals, and make them pay for what they did to her family.

  4. Uh, and who is River???

  5. Wizzard7: and who is River???

    Cherron Marie Phillips also is known as “River Tali,” according to prosecutors:


    She’s also known as “Cherron Phillips El,” “River Tali El Bey,”
    “River Tali Bey” and “River,” according to the indictment.


  6. […] November 2012, Cherron Marie Phillips, a purported Illinois “sovereign citizen,” was charged with filing false liens that sought $100 billion each from former Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick J. […]

  7. […] is against this backdrop that purported “sovereign citizen” Cherron Marie Phillips is going on trial in Chicago on charges of filing bogus liens against Former U.S. Attorney Patrick […]

  8. Stop this shit,the court system is filled with crooks go river

  9. While I cannot agree with all that went on in this matter, I will say that it is not due process to file a lien against someone without notification to the party to be liened against of pending charges or that charges are being assessed against them. They must be given a chance to respond, to pay, or to seek some other measure of recourse. If not, then there would be no way for any party to adjudicate or negotiate(be it publicly or privately) on their own behalf.

    I see, however, that she submitted an apology, throwing herself at the mercy of the court. It seems that they are simply making an example of her. They have already jailed her brother, mother, and father surrounding this and related matters. I don’t see how it benefits anyone to send her to the penitentiary with a maximum sentence just to make an example. Sure she has learned her lesson and could possibly be used to encourage others to avoid these pitfalls.

    It is well known that (A) criminal justice system is overburdened; (B) attorney representation is lacking/inefficient/unavailable to people of less affluent socio-economic class and income; (C) no one suffered any actual financial harm as a result of her actions, reprehensible though they may seem; (D) there is a definite, distinct, and borderline neglectful gap between what “legal professionals” i.e. judges, politicians, lawyers, etc know about the law and jurisprudence and what is known by the common people; (E) people with better information about the law(s) and how they are administered, specifically the relation of the people to the law and the protections the law offers them if enforced properly; and (F) justice is not served by keeping the public at mind’s length away from the value, empowerment, and intelligence which basic legal knowledge might bring them, which would definitively reduce the need for “crackpot” legal arguments and tactics.

    This is supposed to be America, people!