Brazilian Squatter Living in $2.4 Million Mansion Fights Back

BOCA RATON – A squatter served with eviction papers in South Florida is now fighting back.

Twenty-three-year-old André Barbosa posted a note outside the $2.5 million mansion in Boca Raton, Fla. that read: "no trespassing" and "private property."

Bank of America filed suit last week against Barbosa and eight other people who tried to stake claim on the home on Golden Harbour Drive.

They are trying to take over the property using an obscure Florida law.

Barbosa has been squatting in the home and has been posting pictures on Facebook.

Bank of America foreclosed the home last July. Soon after, the Brazilian moved into the home using a loophole called adverse possession, which allows someone to move in. As long as you maintain the home and pay the taxes for seven years, the home is yours to keep.

According to neighbors, the lights of the home turned on after Christmas and they called police. But police said nothing could be done because Barbosa was doing nothing wrong.

Neighbors said they want to take matters into their own hands.

Barbosa put up a notice on the window claiming to be a sovereign citizen, a movement the FBI calls a domestic threat. 

Sovereign citizens believe they are free from government control, and do not recognize federal, state and/or local laws.

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