An alleged white supremacist practiced his anti-minority skills mostly in Nevada, but it was a little trip to one of the most diverse cities in the world that got him in hot water with federal authorities. Ross Hack, 38, drove to Los Angeles in the summer of 1998 to get a passport, and he lied on the application. On Wednesday, he was sentenced to three years in federal prison for the crime. Investigators, however, seem to think there's more to Hack than just telling lies to obtain a little blue booklet.
The strange caper started in 1998 with the Forth of July murders of Daniel Shersty and Linn "Spit" Newborn, leaders of an anti-skin-skin head organization. An investigation led to Hack's residence, where authorities with a search warrant took Hack's passport, weapons and racist propaganda, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement.
Hack wasn't there, but officers left a note for him stating that they stopped by and took stuff. A few days later he drove to L.A. to get a replacement passport. Hack lied on the application, saying he lost his last one. It worked, and he soon went to Europe and stayed there for six years.
John Butler, the boyfriend of his sister, meanwhile, was convicted of the murder in the double homicide.
Federal authorities last year discovered that Hack was back in Vegas. Not only that, they say, he was active again in the white-power movement. In fact, he organized a 2008 rally, authorities said, where someone was nearly killed.
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When investigators interviewed him, he "admitted that he lied on the passport
application because he feared he was being investigated in relation to the double
homicide," according to the Department of Justice statement.
And if you're thinking there might be more to the story than passport fraud, it seems that the feds are thinking the same thing: "The case against Hack is part of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Las Vegas Office, Civil Rights Division; the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; and the United States Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Las Vegas and Los Angeles Offices," states the DOJ.