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W.Va. Officials Worry About 'Sovereign Citizen'

West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center

  West Virginia officials are becoming increasingly concerned about a group called “sovereign citizen” that rejects taxes and laws.

The Charleston Gazette reports that state and federal authorities sent a letter earlier this year to local law enforcement officials stating that the group is on the rise in West Virginia.

Thom Kirk, director of the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center, says those numbers could be growing because officials are now more aware of the group and are conducting additional training on the subject. 

A 2104 study by a national terrorism group listed sovereign citizens as the nation’s number one potential terrorist threat.

In West Virginia, there are 19 members registered with the website of the National Liberty Alliance, a sovereign citizens group.