Religious Sect Members Could Face
Charges For Lying
Associated Press/December 8, 2003
Brunswick -- Members of a religious sect who asked residents
for opinions about their jailed leader's molestation case while
marching in a city Christmas parade could face charges for lying
on an application to participate in the event, a prosecutor says.
United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors members who marched in
Saturday's parade told the event organizer when they applied to
participate that they were a Mason's group, officials said.
Authorities are considering whether to charge the group members
with submitting false information to a government agency, which is
a felony, said Brunswick prosecutor Stephen Kelley.
During the parade, Nuwaubians handed out literature and asked
spectators about the guilt or innocence of their leader, Malachi
York. Mayor Brad Brown, who was in the parade, said a document
entitled "Medical Records Don't Lie" contained profanity, and in
some cases was given to children.
The Nuwaubian delegation in the parade included depictions of
the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses, participants wearing bird and cow
masks, and a group of mummies carrying parasols.
The United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is a group started in New
York in the early 1970s.
York who has alternately claimed to be Muslim, Christian,
Native American and from another planet moved the group to a
476-acre farm in Putnam County in 1993.
York's trial on federal child molestation charges is set for
next month in Brunswick. The case was moved from Macon because of