Jillian Rayfield/TPMMuchraker/December 15, 2011
Aryan Nations leader August B. Kreis III may be a white supremacist who appeared on Jerry Springer and was investigated for possible Al Qaeda connections, but this week he was sentenced for something much less colorful: fraud.
On Wednesday, Kreis was sentenced to the six months he already served, followed by six months of house arrest and two years probation. Kreis was also ordered to pay back $193,000 for veterans’ benefits he improperly claimed.
Kreis pleaded guilty to fraud in August after lying to Veterans Administration officials to get pension money. He had served in the Navy for nine months during the Vietnam War, but was discharged early
Federal officials began investigating Kreis after he said that
The Feds didn’t find a connection to Al Qaeda, but they soon discovered that though Kreis had qualified for a need-based “improved pension” for his military service, he did not report over $33,000 in income he made in 2005, and made false statements to the Veterans Administration that he had made no outside income that year.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Kreis
And Kreis and two of his daughters appeared on this classic 1995 episode of Jerry Springer called “A Racist Family.” Check out the fight at the 6:15 mark: