CHiPs Star’s Co-Defendent Is Ruler of a Fake Nation


Another star involved in the SEC sting operation that took in CHiPs star Larry Wilcox: He's called Tzemach Ben David Netzer Korem in the complaint, but also goes by the "Branch Vinedresser" and claims to be the prophet-ruler of the Dominion of Melchizedek, which claims to be "a recognized ecclesiastical and constitutional sovereignty" occupying a "fat comma"–shaped island in the South Pacific. Although, as 60 Minutes found some years ago, said island does not actually exist, and is actually a "haven for swindlers and con artists." It does have a website, however, and its own constitution, which lays out some of the laws of the land.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the Land, Air, or Naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger, nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of imprisonment; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just cause and compensation.

If only he'd committed securities fraud there.

The Dominion of Melchizedek [Official site]
Fantasy Island [CBS]
Dominion of Melchizedek [Wikipedia]