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.

If only he’d committed securities fraud there.

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