We thought we would never hear this guy's name again until he died! August B. Kreis III used to have a Rogues' Gallery entry here, but he has been that irrelevant to us, even thought he was one of the more active Nazis on the scene. This is one of those boneheads that would be on Jerry Springer regularly, and he was a big Nazi player in Pennsylvania with his Aryan Nation get togethers. He was seen at the Battle of York, the huge melee that took place in 2002 when World Church of the Creator's Matt Hale held a public meeting in that Pennsylvania town, and when Aryan Nations held a rally at Valley Forge a few years back. In the years that followed, however, Kreis became ill, and diabetes caused him to get both legs amputated. But apparently that hasn't stopped him from being a jackass, and today police in Tennessee picked him up on fraud and other charges from where he was currently living in South Carolina. We gotta tell ya, it's nice to know this bastard in particular wasn't going to live out the rest of his days comfortably, and the beauty of this is this will put him away for good. Needless to say, there will be more on this as we saunter along.
OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — It was 8:30 on Tuesday morning and surveillance cameras were rolling at the detention center.
The grainy video records a man in a wheelchair being wheeled in the front door and talking with federal authorities. Next, he is handcuffed, led away and it is all over.
"There were no problems," Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder said of August Kreis III.
Vastbinder said there could have been.
"This had potential. It could have been a bad situation."
Just last week, Kreis, 56, used a blog to make it clear he had no plans to cooperate. Later, he told federal agents if they came to his home, then he would shoot.
Kreis is a white supremacist leader with ties to the KKK and the neo-Nazi Aryan Nations. The longtime racist was so controversial, even talk show host Jerry Springer had kicked him off his show.
But it is not his beliefs that have him in hot water. It is fraud.
He escaped charges by leaving South Carolina and starting over in South Fulton, Tennessee. Authorities said he is facing felony charges for filing fraudulent statements in an effort to obtain veterans benefits.
No bond is set for Kreis. He is being held in a federal detention center. Kreis is due back in court next Tuesday in Jackson, Tennessee. Prosecutors said it is likely he will return to South Carolina to be tried.