California man accused of lying about White supremacy membership on job application for national defense contractor

A Rolling Hills man who was accused of being a member of White supremacist groups and lying about it on a job application agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge on Wednesday, Oct. 14, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

Decker Hayes Ramsay, 23, was charged with making the false statements in April 2018 to try to obtain national security clearance and employment at a major national defense contractor, the Department of Justice said in a statement. Ramsay, who federal officials said has connections to two hate groups, allegedly failed to disclose his past membership on an Electronic Questionnaire for Investigations Processing.

He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Ramsay agreed to plead guilty to the felony charge, meaning he signed a plea agreement with prosecutors. He has not pleaded guilty yet, which would come later in front of a judge, said Ciaran McEvoy, a Department of Justice spokesman.

The defense contractor that Ramsay applied to, which was not named, is a corporation that concentrates on weapons, military and commercial electronics, according to court documents. On the electronic questionnaire, he said that he had never been a member of an organization “that advocates or practices commission of acts of force or violence to discourage others from exercising their constitutional rights,” the Department of Justice said.

After submitting the questionnaire — which states that a willfully false statement can lead to fines and imprisonment, or both — a background investigation found out about the groups, documents show.

Ramsay had ties to Vanguard America, a group that believes in “White separatism, which is the idea that White people should exist separately from all inferior, non-white races,” such as creating an all-White community or “removing non-Whites from their midst,” court documents said. He also had ties to Aryan Underground, a group that upholds Nazi ideology, documents show.

It was unclear when Ramsay was in the two groups, but Aryan Underground was created in 2017, the Department of Justice said.

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