Indicted BG man linked to neo-Nazis PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 28 January 2013 11:34
Trailers associated with the Sports Zone business which were searched as part of an FBI probe sit at the Woodland Mall. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Bowling Green businessman indicted this month in U.S. District Court also has apparent ties to the neo-Nazi movement.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which, among other activities, tracks hate groups nationwide, confirmed that they were aware of the activities of Richard Schmidt, 47, Toledo, on a neo-Nazi website some time ago.
Mark Potok, of the SPLC, said this morning that Schmidt "was posting under the name of Vinlander 101" on the unnamed site. That online handle, Potok said, may itself be significant, as it could point towards association with the noted skinhead organization the Vinlanders Social Club.
According to information on the SPLC's site, the group "relished a reputation for drinking, brawling and following a racist version of Odinism, a form of ancient paganism once practiced by Vikings." The group reportedly operates out of the Midwest.
Schmidt, 47, Toledo, owner of Spindletop Sports Zone in the Woodland Mall, was arrested Dec. 21 and indicted on a total of four counts, including possession of a number of firearms, body armor, and more than 40,500 rounds of ammunition.
The possession of those items is a crime due to Schmidt's 1990 felony manslaughter conviction in the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas. The guns included pistols, assault rifles, and shotguns.
Schmidt is also charged with trafficking and attempted trafficking in counterfeit NFL, Nike, Reebok, and Louis Vuitton goods found at the store. He was arraigned on the charges in U.S. District Court on Jan. 22.
FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson said this morning that she could not comment on Schmidt's possible neo-Nazi affiliations, noting that she could only speak to what was discussed in the official indictment.
"I think some of those reports may have been stemming from materials that were discovered during the search warrant" of Schmidt's home and trailers associated with the business, she said.
A call placed with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cleveland seeking a listing of items found in the search warrants on Schmidt's property was not immediately returned.
Last Updated on Monday, 28 January 2013 12:04

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