Ex-white supremacist will plead guilty to lying about past in order to gain security clearance

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: October 15, 2020

LOS ANGELES — A former Southern California member of two white supremacist groups agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to lying about his past in order to get a security clearance and a job with a defense contractor, federal authorities said.

Decker Ramsay, 23, of Rolling Hills, agreed to plead guilty to making a false statement in 2018 on a questionnaire used by the government as part of its background check of prospective federal employees and contractors, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office.

Ramsay did obtain the required national security clearance and the job, although authorities and court documents don't provide any details.

The name of the company wasn't released but the plea agreement calls it “a major cleared U.S. defense contractor and industrial corporation" that concentrates on weapons and military and commercial electronics.

In his plea agreement, Ramsay acknowledged falsely claiming 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 U.S. attorney's statement said.

However, Ramsay is a former member of two white supremacist groups, Vanguard America and Aryan Underground, the statement said.

Ramsay will plead guilty later before a judge. He could face up to five years in federal prison.