Arrested Contractor Linked to Violent Neo-Nazi Group
PORT SALERNO, Fla. (AP) _ The FBI says a contractor arrested in connection with a $3.2 million California armored car robbery was a messenger for a neo-Nazi group that is linked to slayings, shootouts, armed robberies and counterfeiting.
Frank J. Scutari, 40, was arrested at his duplex Wednesday by heavily armed FBI agents and Martin County sheriff’s deputies in bulletproof vests.
The FBI identified him as the brother of Richard Scutari, fugitive founder of the neo-Nazi group The Order, which has been linked to the June slaying of Alan Berg, a Denver radio talk show host who was Jewish.
In an FBI affadavit filed in federal court in Fort Pierce, Scutari was accused of using false names to rent small offices in Fort Pierce, Stuart and Vero Beach that allegedly were used by fugitive members of the group to exchange messages.
He was charged with being an accessory after the fact to the January 1984 robbery of a Brink’s armored car in Ukiah, Calif. That robbery has also been linked to The Order.
Although not a formal member of The Order, Scutari set up the network of rented offices to receive and relay messages for the fugitives, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Peters.
U.S. Magistrate J. Michael Brennan in Fort Pierce delayed Scutari’s bond hearing until Thursday to give him time to hire an attorney.