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“National Alliance Implodes:” Racist Leaders Reject NA Chairman Will Williams’ Excuses while Questioning His Judgment and Temperament
“The National Alliance Implodes” was the title of a thread started on the racist Web forum, Stormfront, last Friday directing readers to the SPLC’s recent report on the financial problems facing the long-decaying neo-Nazi group. The provocative title and the fact that it was posted by former National Alliance (NA) member James Baker, AKA “Jackboot,” the chief of staff of the racist forum, probably guaranteed viewer interest over the Memorial Day weekend.
It’s been among the hottest, most-viewed threads on the hate forum for days. With more than 4,000 views within the first 24 hours and more than 10,000 by Sunday night, the majority of Stormfront users are probably now familiar with the allegations of embezzlement and tax fraud made by the NA’S accountant.
Within hours, Stormfront founder and former Klansman, Don Black, chimed in on the thread and openly questioned self-proclaimed NA Chairman Will Williams’ judgment in giving accountant Randolph Dilloway access to the NA’s most sensitive financial documents for five months starting last winter.
“I’m surprised Will would have trusted him,” Black wrote. “Will had once tried to register Dilloway for our Stormfront Smoky Mountain Summit, but he was understanding when I told him why Dilloway wasn’t welcome.”
“But it looks like Will did trust him with the keys.”
The neo-Nazi Vanguard News Network (VNN) founder, Alex Linder, was even less sympathetic. His scathing remarks about Williams’ judgment and excuse making in the aftermath of the SPLC report were posted Saturday. He basically called Williams a liar.
“SPLC says he had unrestricted access to files. Perhaps SPLC is lying. But SPLC has also published an executive flow chart naming most of the top NA people. I don’t find Williams’ claim plausible,” Linder wrote. “The guy lives on site for months, is the only one Williams can find, but he doesn’t know anything about current or even recent NA members. How likely is it that what Williams says is true? In my estimation it’s unlikely.”
“Stromesque” Damage Control
It took more than 18 hours for Williams to reply on the Stormfront thread and when he did, Williams went with the Kevin Strom strategy and basically denied everything (Strom pleaded guilty to possession of child porn in 2008 but has spent years now denying his crime). Williams specifically denied Dilloway was hired to perform an audit of the NA’s books, though he published on Stormfront a section of Dilloway’s “Employment Contract” where he admitted Dilloway was hired for maintenance and “bookkeeping.” Williams wrote:
“The Employer [me] agrees to employ the Employee [Randolph Lynn Dilloway] as a maintenance/repair. The Employee will be expected to perform the following duties: Building repair, maintenance and cleaning, landscaping as required. Some bookkeeping.”
The reference to “some bookkeeping,” though minimized in Williams’ post, clarifies that Dilloway did indeed have legal access to the organization’s books. Williams’ denials on Stormfront and in his VNN reply that Dilloway never did any work as a “forensic accountant” for the Alliance also includes his legally foolish admission that there are, in fact, serious financial irregularities with the corporation Williams now heads.
“All of the ‘financial improprieties’ Dilloway ran to SPLC with were from Gliebe’s and Walker’s era, not mine,” wrote Williams. “I was charged as Alliance Chairman with sorting the mess out which is exactly what I was doing. Dilloway was not hired as a ‘Forensic Accountant’ to investigate anything, as SPLC claims.”
Regardless of Williams’ weak denials, the term “forensic accountant” was first used by Williams himself more than three months ago when he described Dilloway’s efforts on the compound as a “yeomanly job of forensic accounting.”
In a Feb. 11, 2015, email to Dilloway and to his attorney, Timothy Kalamaros, regarding making a criminal complaint against former Alliance business manager, Patrick Martin, Williams also made clear his willingness to inform on Martin to the Internal Revenue Service for “obvious embezzlement.”
“Tim, Randolph is doing a yeomanly job of tedious forensic accounting, digging through all that we were left (returns, statements, invoices, etc.). We can’t get the Pocahontas DA to go after Martin criminally, but we can make life uncomfortable for him, having to explain his obvious embezzlement of funds to the IRS.”
The notion that a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi “leader” would turn in a fellow racist to the IRS further supports the long-held maxim in federal law enforcement that most of the criminal cases made against white supremacists are based on information provided by the racists themselves.
In the same February email Williams clarified he was still using convicted swindler, Thomas Padgett, to do the NA’s taxes and would seek to put the blame for the alleged financial fraud on former NA Chairman Shaun Walker and Martin. Williams wrote: “I’ll talk again to Tom Padgett again [sic] who I feel will support our efforts to dig out of this IRS crater. He could only file returns from what Martin provided to him.
New federal charges have been filed against an Indiana man, Samuel L. Bradbury, the reported leader of the antigovernment group “765 Anarchists” that claimed ties to extremists who fatally shot two police officers last year in Las Vegas.
The self-described antigovernment anarchist is accused of making social media threats to kill local police and “blow [an Indiana] courthouse to pieces.”
The new superseding indictment, filed on May 14, now charges him with making threats to use fire or explosives and, in a second count, of maliciously conveying false information concerning the use or fire or explosives. The 23-year-old Indiana man remains in federal custody without bond, deemed a flight risk and a danger to the community. ( continue to full post… )
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Michael W. Ryan, 66, a one-time follower of Posse Comitatus leader James Wickstrom, died Sunday evening at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution where he had been since 2001 when death row inmates were moved there from the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.
Ryan had been undergoing treatment for terminal brain cancer, the newspaper reported.
Ryan was sentenced to death for the 1985 sexual torture and mutilation murder of 27-year-old cult follower James Thimm and 5-year-old Luke Stice. Their bodies were discovered that same year in shallow graves by authorities during a raid of the cult’s compound, set up on a pig farm in Rulo, Neb. ( continue to full post… )
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Today, the Southern Poverty Law Center is releasing a report on the neo-Nazi National Alliance (NA) that details allegations of financial improprieties going back several years.
Randolph Dilloway, the accountant hired by NA Chairman Will Williams this past December to audit the organization’s books, has provided the SPLC with evidence of possible missing tax filings, suspicious wire transfers and other financial irregularities in the group. The report also examines in detail the leadership cadre of Williams’ newly revitalized NA based on information provided by Dilloway and others.
Dilloway, a longtime white supremacist, quit the NA in early May after fleeing the group’s Mill Point, W.V., compound following an ugly confrontation with Williams and other NA headquarters staff. He has spoken with the IRS about his allegations of tax fraud and is seeking whistleblower protection from the agency.
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