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Upland Squatters Claim Religious Group Deeded Them House

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A couple in Upland was arrested yesterday for squatting in a foreclosed house; they were caught when the house's real estate agent went by and found a moving van out front. She tells the Daily Bulletin, "This guy was in a moving van and he jumps out of the van and he says 'Get off of my property. I'm gonna have you arrested.'" The pair had apparently furnished the entire five bedroom "upscale" house since the last legit owner moved out in December. But these people aren't careless--they covered their tracks by forging a deed trust document and "tried to cloud up the title owner sequence for the property by indicating on the deed that he was granting the home to the Moorish Science Temple of America, and they were in turn granting it back to him." According to our friend Wikipedia, the Moorish Science Temple of America is a once-large, now-tiny American Islamic sect founded in the early twentieth century: "Its primary tenet was the belief that there was a Negroid-looking population of aboriginals which existed prior to the Transatlantic Slave Trade that was subsequently confused with African people." Its website does not list any temples in California. [The house and Moorish Science Temple of America founder Noble Drew Ali]
· Couple under arrest [Daily Bulletin]