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Squatter jailed after police say he tried to claim $6 million Bethesda mansion

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BETHESDA, Md. -

Authorities say a $6 million home was caught in the middle of a growing housing scheme.

Police say a man took over a Bethesda, Maryland mega-mansion, claiming it was his because his ancestors were here first.

The man, Lamont Butler, was trying to convince the listing agent for the house and Montgomery County Police that the mansion belonged to him.

Butler claimed that he is a Moorish American National and that the property belonged to him based on a centuries old treaty.

The 12 bedroom, 17 bathroom mansion is in mint condition.

Police say the scam is part of a growing trend across the country Where people, such as butler, slip into fancy, vacant homes and claim ownership.

They try and stay until they're kicked out, arrested or both.

a similar incident happened several weeks ago in Memphis when a woman moved into a $3 million dollar house and claimed ownership until she was jailed.

As for Lamont Butler, police say he was nothing more than a squatter.

He's charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, attempted theft over a hundred thousand dollars and identify fraud.

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