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Cellblock ‘sultan’ and Medicaid fraudster behind Joyland deed scam

October 10, 2018, Wichita, KS — The president of a Kansas corporation that filed bogus deeds on Joyland and a Greyhound bus station in Wichita is a self-styled “sultan” in a prison-cult offshoot of Islam, serving three life sentences for strangling a woman and bragging about it to his girlfriend.

His corporate secretary served seven years in federal prison for scamming Medicaid of $1.24 million though a phony drug-and-alcohol counseling center that collected money for “treatment” of patients who were mostly family members and children.

Those details emerge in a check of corporate and court records of Anthony Kelley-El, a resident of El Dorado state prison, and Peggy Franklin-El of Wichita.

They’re two of the principals in a nonprofit corporation called Moorish America Inc. A third corporate officer in the company’s latest filing, treasurer Abbigaye Kelley-El, lives in St. Thomas, Jamaica, according to secretary of state records.

Moorish America was the named beneficiary of fake cut-and-paste deeds claiming ownership to three substantial properties in Wichita: the site of the defunct Joyland Amusement Park, the former downtown Greyhound bus terminal and the Wellness Center veterans home.

The deeds were filed and recorded at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, exploiting a loophole in state law that requires the Register of Deeds and County Clerk’s offices to accept documents at face value, even if they know they’re fakes.

Danedri Herbert, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was unable to explain how Kelley-El could incorporate the business from behind bars or what, if anything, could be done to remove the company from state business files now that it’s been exposed as a shell for passing fake deeds.

It also isn’t clear whether the officers in Moorish America are related to each other.

The suffix -El is an add-on often adopted by members of “Moorish” sects, which claim to practice a form of Islam but have been linked to multiple fraudulent enterprises across the country.

News reports and court documents about Kelley-El illuminate a history of an unexplained murder, coupled with bizarre behaviors and beliefs behind bars.

Kelley-El, originally Anthony Kelley, came to public notice in November of 1988, when he was charged with murdering Serina Patton, 32, at her southeast Wichita home.

Patton’s boyfriend found her strangled body when he showed up to take her on a date. The autopsy couldn’t determine if she’d been raped, but she was undressed below the waist, her hands and feet had been bound and her hair and sweater were sopping wet from an apparent attempt to drown her before the strangling.

Fingerprints found on a wine glass at the crime scene led police to Kelley, then 24 years old and on parole for theft and weapons convictions.

An elaborate effort by Kelley to blame the killing on a Missouri prisoner fell through when his girlfriend and a jailhouse acquaintance decided not to lie for him.

The girlfriend ultimately testified that Kelley had bragged to her about the killing and provided her and the jailhouse friend details about the interior of Patton’s home to make the testimony he solicited seem more credible.

Kelley’s defense was that he lied about committing the crime as a “prestige thing” to gain status with his criminal friends.

He was found guilty and sentenced to three back-to-back terms of life in prison.

A cellblock ‘Sultan’
Kelley apparently discovered the Moorish movement in prison.

Within a year of his conviction, he added the -El to his name and formed his first corporation, “Second Kingdom of Moab, Inc.”

The stated purpose of Second Kingdom of Moab was to “aid the Prophet Noble Drew Ali … to initiate the teachings of Prophet Noble Drew Ali … to protect life, liberty, and property, to appoint and consecrate missionaries of the prophet.”

Noble Drew Ali, born Timothy Drew, founded the Moorish Science Temple of America 1913 in Newark, N.J. Ali claimed to have possession of a lost section of the Quran that was given to him by an Egyptian high priest.

Moorism is a quasi-Islamic belief system founded on the premise that African Americans are descendants of Moabites and are Moors by nationality.

Extreme practitioners deny the existence of the American slave trade, claiming that Moors came to America first, but were enslaved by European settlers who later falsified records to justify their taking of Moorish lands.

In recent years, people claiming to be followers of the Moorish Science Temple of America have engaged in what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls “paper terrorism” — filing false paperwork, including deeds and liens.

Kelley-El directly associated his first company with the Moorish Science Temple in its elaborate founding documents and named himself the “Sultan,” collecting a salary from membership dues of the group.

The company also had a board of directors that would meet three times a week and “lay and collect dues and duties” from fellow prisoners who were ostensibly under Moorish protection to “suppress insurrection and repel invasions.”

“The executive Power of this Kingdom shall be vested in the Sultan thereof, he shall

Source: The Wichita Eagle

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