COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A father and son have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a plot to take control of houses they did not own.
Kennesaw residents Guilio Glenn Greye, 61, and Ian Justain Greye, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
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Giulio Greye was sentenced to five years, while his son received 10 years. Both men are required to spend two years in prison.
Two co-defendants -- 52-year-old Susan Lorraine Weidman of Kennesaw and 29-year-old Matthew Daniel Lowery of Alpharetta -- will be tried next month.
According to information presented in court, the Greyes moved into an empty house on Champlain Street in Decatur and filed false documents with DeKalb County, claiming they owned the property.
The defendants performed similar acts of burglary, mail fraud and false writings with additional houses in DeKalb, Forsyth and Fulton counties, according to Cobb County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney John Melvin, who prosecuted the case.
"Ian Greye and Giulio Greye, self-proclaimed sovereign citizens, were opportunistic criminals," Melvin said. "They pled guilty to racketeering ... (Cobb County Superior Court) Judge (Gregory) Poole sent a clear message in his sentence that Cobb County will not tolerate this nonsense."