CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A man operated a half-million dollar fraud ring linked to postage stamps, federal prosecutors said.
Jimmy Lee Williams is accused of recruiting coaches and business owners who were down on their luck to help him in the scheme.
Eyewitness News reporter Blake Hanson was in Charlotte’s federal courthouse Wednesday morning for Williams’ first appearance in front of a judge.
A judge read the 29 count indictment against Williams that would carry a maximum penalty of more than 100 years.
The judge read the charges against Williams and there was a brief delay as Williams repeated, “"I don’t understand (any) of these charges."
His federal defender told the judge Williams said he was a “sovereign citizen”.