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Hammond man retrieves seized property from FBI, government officials

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Hammond man retrieves seized property from FBI, government officials

It took a visibly agitated Thomas Piatek more than two hours to retrieve his belongings from federal officials Friday.

“They should have brought this back to my house,” the Hammond resident said. “I shouldn’t have to do this.”

Thomas Piatek was one of several alleged members of the Michigan militia, an organization that was accused in March 2010 of plotting against the government and charged with conspiring to commit sedition, or rebellion, as well as using weapons of mass destruction and other serious crimes.

A federal judge in Michigan dismissed the charges against Piatek and six other defendants in March, noting that hatred for law enforcement doesn’t amount to conspiracy.

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