Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk, Voorhees Township Police Chief Louis Bordi, Winslow Township Police Chief Robert Stimelski, the New Jersey Treasury Office of Criminal Investigations and the New Jersey State Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness reported a Wisconsin man has been charged with threatening and filing false charges against a municipal court judge and 27 others in retaliation for a parking violation offense filed against his wife in Voorhees, NJ.
Michael Rinderle, M/29, of Waukesha, Wis., was charged with Threats to a Public Servant and 28 counts of Harassment. It is alleged Rinderle became enraged with a Voorhees Township Municipal Court Judge due to traffic offenses filed against his common-law wife, Joann Ellis. Rinderle emailed the judge on September 26, 2013, stating that he would financially ruin the judge if charges against Ellis weren’t dropped. The judge ignored Rinderle’s request and Rinderle is accused of filing fraudulent commercial liens against the judge and 27 other public officials in South Jersey, including court staff and police personnel.
Rinderle identifies with the Sovereign Citizen movement, whose members advocate recognizing only common law and argue federal, state and municipal codes have no authority over them. The Federal Bureau of Investigation lists the Sovereign Citizen Movement as an extremist domestic terrorist threat.
The kind of harassment directed at the Voorhees judge and other officials is typical for the organization. Sovereign Citizens attempt to use bureaucratic processes to engage in “paper terrorism.” Sovereign Citizens commonly use the type of fraudulent commercial liens filed by Rinderle as a form of harassment. These liens were filed without supporting evidence of a debt and can damage the credit rating of the victims. It is a criminal act to file a false lien against another person. Rinderle was charged April 1 and Wisconsin authorities have been made aware of the charges against him.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.