KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A prominent sovereign citizen has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for conspiring to launder money.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf was sentenced Tuesday after delivering a 45-minute speech denying the federal judge's jurisdiction and likening imprisonment to a "hostage situation." She was convicted in February of counseling a man to steal millions from the United Services Automobile Association, an online banking service for military personnel.
Tucci-Jarraf is a former Oregon prosecutor who became well-known within the sovereign citizens movement, which denies the legitimacy of government authority. She was arrested outside the White House after the Secret Service told the FBI she was demanding a meeting with President Donald Trump.
Tucci-Jarraf asked the court clerk to file a notice of appeal Tuesday.