ALBANY — Two anti-government zealots who operated in Ulster County have pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges.
Jeffrey Burfeindt, 47, of Highland, and Ed-George Parenteau, 53, of Chenango County, pleaded guilty Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the two could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Parenteau and Burfeindt belong to a “sovereign-citizen” movement that does not believe in the legitimacy of government. After they were arrested for trespassing at a house in Highland in 2009, the men began filing bogus liens against police officers, judges and other government officials in the Town of Lloyd and Ulster County.
The liens, known as “paper terrorism,” totaled more than $135 billion, authorities said. They were charged with mail fraud because the fake papers were sent through the postal service.
They’re due to be sentenced May 13 in U.S. District Court in Albany.