White supremacist counterfeiter arrested in ID theft ring bust

White supremacist counterfeiter arrested in ID theft ring bustThe FBI has busted an identity-theft scheme run by a career criminal and white supremacist in Spokane, Wash.

Wayde Lynn Kurt, 52, was charged with illegal possession of a semiautomatic 9mm pistol and two assault rifles, an AR-15 and an AK-47, according to an indictment filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Earl Hicks.

At a hearing following his arrest on the federal weapons charges, Hicks
was ordered to remain in custody for a number of reasons, including "a history of possessing fraudulent identification and alleged violent behavior," according to his detention order.

Hicks characterized Kurt as a dangerous criminal skilled at counterfeiting various forms of personal identification, and had recently used fake identification to open a post office box and place an online order with a guns and ammunition store in Kentucky, the Spokesman-Review reported.

Hicks underscored his claims with photographs of counterfeit driver's licenses, Social Security cards and an application to receive mail that Kurt completed using a false name. Kurt, he added, has fled police repeatedly, once rammed a police vehicle, and then tried to escape federal custody by removing screws from his jail cell window.

Kurt's arrest is the latest in a string of run-ins with the law for which date back to 1988, when he was acquitted of murder. He was under investigation in 2004 for counterfeiting when he removed a government tracking device from his car and hid it in a storage unit he'd rented using fake identification.

He was sentenced to 18 months for theft of government property and completed three years' probation, which he violated by contacting a jailed white supremacist leader and convicted felon.

When federal agents searched Kurt's home in 2004, they seized 24 counterfeit Social Security cards, 24 counterfeit driver's licenses and 21 counterfeit employment cards, according to a former Secret Service agent who investigated the case. Each license had Kurt's photo but a different name.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
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