Woman accused of filing false liens against feds
A Chicago woman has been indicted for filing false liens on properties of federal prosecutors, judges and agents, claiming each owed her brother $100 billion, authorities said.
The indictment says Cherron Marie Phillips filed one against the U.S. attorney in Chicago in 2011. One of the nation's most celebrated federal prosecutors, Patrick Fitzgerald, held the post at the time but has since entered private practice.
The U.S. attorney's office in Springfield announced the 12-count indictment against Phillips on Friday. Each count carries a 10-year maximum prison term.
In all, the 42-year-old targeted a court clerk, two prosecutors, four judges and five agents, authorities allege.
Phillips is in custody and is to appear at a detention hearing next week. Court filings don't name her attorney, and there is no phone listing for her.
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