Dr. Malachi Z. York
COPY CAT CASE
Witness Recants Her Testimony
Federal Court Pretrial
Notaries play role in fake
York's sect at it again
Athens Banner-Herald, Georgia/December 20, 2009
By Joe Johnson
Followers of convicted child molester and sect leader Dwight
"Malachi" York - some from Clarke County - are bombarding
officials at a federal maximum security lock-up with fake
documents that seek to free him from a 135-year prison term.
The documents, some stamped by Athens-Clarke notaries, claim
York has been falsely imprisoned since 2004 and should be
released because he is an African diplomat, officials said.
"They tried to get him out of prison by saying he was a diplomat
from Liberia and that he's being illegally held under the Geneva
Conventions, but that doesn't apply, because he's not a prisoner
of war," Athens-Clarke police Detective Beverly Russell said
York is leader of the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors, a purported
black supremacist group that is on the Southern Poverty Law
Center's list of hate groups.
Officials said he used the sect as a front for a criminal
enterprise, and in 2004, York was convicted in U.S. District
Court in Brunswick on charges of racketeering, child
molestation, transporting minors for unlawful sex and tax
An estimated 500 Nuwaubians once lived on a 476-acre compound
the sect owned in Putnam County, but they dispersed after York's
conviction, and the government seized the property.
Many Nuwaubians relocated to Athens, where York had owned a
mansion off Timothy Road, and they met each weekend at a lodge
on West Hancock Avenue. The group abandoned the lodge toward the
end of 2008, reportedly for a new meeting place outside of
Still, six notaries public who placed their stamp on the
fraudulent documents that sought to free York have Athens
addresses, according to police.
By placing their seals on fake documents, the notaries committed
misdemeanor fraud, Russell said, but for police to bring charges
they would have to prove that the documents were notarized in
Georgia, a near impossibility.
"When they wrote all this stuff up and notarized it they
violated their notary code" because they knew the documents were
false, the detective said. "It they could have done it anywhere,
in any state."
It's now a civil issue, she said.
Russell turned over the documents to Clarke County Court Clerk
Beverly Logan, who is responsible for commissioning notaries as
well as canceling them.
Logan said she was looking into whether the notaries abused
"I just received the police reports, and I have some researching
to do on the state statutes," Logan said. "Then, I'm going to
afford them the chance to have an administrative hearing."
The FBI gave Russell copies of the notarized fake documents on
Dec. 10, after they got them from officials at the so-called
supermax federal prison in Florence, Colo.
York is housed there with the nation's highest risk prisoners,
including Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, Olympic Centennial Park
bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and Ramzi Yousef, who helped plan the
1993 World Trade Center bombing.
York's followers also gave fake documents to the staff judge
advocate at Fort Carson in Colorado, officials said.
Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who began the investigation
into reported child abuse at the Nuwaubian compound near
Eatonton in 2002, chuckled at the latest twist in the sect
leader's bizarre history.
"It just never stops," he said.
Sills has been sued more than a dozen times by Nuwaubians, and
one sect member even placed a fake lien on property the sheriff
"If we were able to identify the person who filed the lien, we
intended to prosecute him for making a false statement, which is
a felony," Sill said.
The constant lawsuits and fake declarations apparently are an
attempt by York's followers to "gum up" the legal system, the
Sills can't understand why, six years after he was convicted of
heinous crimes that involved molesting children as young as 8
years old, people remain faithful to a man whose life has been a
continuous con. Born as Dwight York in Massachusetts, he became
Dr. Malachi Z. York when he established a sect in Brooklyn,
N.Y., called the Ansaru Allah community, a religious group that
incorporated Muslim traditions. He also told followers he came
to Earth from the planet Rizq, and in 1993 York and his clan
relocated to the Putnam County compound.
"I've never been able to rationalize how seemingly intelligent
people would follow a man who started off saying he was an
extraterrestrial, then changed to being a reincarnated pharaoh,
then an American Indian chief, then head of all Shriners or
Masons in the world," Sills said. "He also claimed at one time
to be a rabbi but was an Islamic imam to start with, then after
the trial he ended up being a diplomat.
"You can rationalize how someone follows a charismatic leader if
they maintain a consistent philosophy, but how to you go from
being an Islamic imam to a rabbi?" he said. "First he came here
on a space ship, and years later he came here from Liberia on a
In his most recent court filings three months ago - including a
petition to quash the indictment that sent him to prison - York
calls his flock members of the United Worldwide Nuwaupians
He refers to himself in the documents as H.E. Dr. Malachi Z.York-EL,
with copyright and trademark logos attached to his name.