Nuwaubian property to be sold, proceeds
to go to authorities
Associated Press /May 26, 2005
Eatonton, Ga -- A new buyer has been found for the 476-acre
Putnam County compound once owned by convicted United Nuwaubian
Nation of Moors leader Malachi York. A spokeswoman with the U.S.
Marshals Service, which is selling the property, said the deal
will be final June 10. They would not disclose who is buying the
A man planning to raise and train guard dogs was going to buy
the property, valued at about $1 million, but he backed out of the
deal, said Robert Kraummel, a real estate agent who is brokering
York was sentenced to 135 years in federal prison in April 2004
for molesting 14 boys and girls whose parents were members of the
group. He was also convicted of racketeering. In August 2004, the
federal government seized the farm that was once home nearly 500
members of the quasi-religious sect.
At their height, the Nuwaubians brought 5,000 people to
Eatonton for Savior's Day to celebrate York's birthday.
Federal officials said the proceeds from the sale of the will
go to the agencies involved in the investigation, primarily the
Putnam County Sheriff's Office and the FBI.
York founded the religious group, which shifted from its
Islamic roots to Judaism, Christianity, and Egyptian mysticism, in
the late 1960s, before moving it to rural Putnam County in 1993.