Tyler Morning Herald, Apr. 14, 2003
By: ANGELA MACIAS, Staff Writer
A Tyler man accused of selling false identification cards and keeping suspicious materials in a local storage facility will remain in jail pending his trial.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry McKee ordered William J. Krar, 62, to be detained after hearing testimony from an FBI agent regarding the defendant’s questionable activities, including the alleged sale of fake United Nations Multinational Force Observer and Defense Intelligence Agency identification cards.
Last week’s search of a Noonday storage facility frequented by Krar unearthed multiple containers of chemicals and prompted local officials to contact agents in Washington, D.C.
Authorities believe they found nitric acid in the storage unit. A package labeled sodium cyanide and several other chemicals could not be positively identified, said FBI Special Agent Bart LaRocca. Sodium cyanide could be mixed with acid to produce a deadly gas, he said.
Ten containers were taken back to Washington for further examination and won’t be confirmed until later this week, he said.
Machine guns, more than 100,000 rounds of ammunition, pipe bomb materials, binary explosives and reading materials, including “The Turner Diaries,” “Anarchist Cookbook” and articles from white supremacist groups, were also found in the storage unit, LaRocca said.
A search of a U-Haul truck found at Krar’s home on Oak Spring Road also led authorities to more guns, a silencer, powder sodium cyanide and blank identification forms. Despite finding the unusual items, agents don’t believe Krar was planning to commit terrorism, LaRocca said.
“I have no specifics of a plot,” he said.
Defense attorney Greg Waldron attempted to show the weapons and military-related materials were used in Krar’s business.
Krar runs IDC America, which makes gun parts and sells weapons. Although agents monitoring a mailbox rented by Krar’s employee found legitimate business transactions being made, the defendant hasn’t reported an income to the Internal Revenue Service since 1988, LaRocca said.
Authorities began watching the Tyler mailbox used by Krar after a package allegedly intended for a New Jersey militia member landed in other person’s hands.
A parcel containing bogus birth certificates, a social security card, United Nations Multina-tional Force Observer and Defense Intelligence Agency identification cards were delivered to the wrong person, who notified police, LaRocca said.
Enclosed with the items was a letter allegedly from Krar, which read, “hope this package gets to you okay, we would hate to have this fall into the wrong hands,” according to court documents.
The militia member told authorities he sent photos of himself to Krar. Krar then created the false documents for the militia member, an affidavit states.
Authorities seized a computer they believe Krar used to created the fake forms of identification. They are analyzing the hardware, LaRocca said.
Suspicious activity involving Krar has been noticed by officers around the country.
A Tennessee state trooper found atropine injections, a nerve gas antidote, on Krar when the defendant was arrested in January.
Marijuana, various weapons, a false birth certificate and credit card issued to “William Franco” also were found in his rental car. Notes detailing what authorities believed could be a covert operation were also discovered, according to court documents.
Krar told authorities the notes were to help his girlfriend escape her ex-husband. He also dismissed the fake certificate, saying it was made as a joke.
The credit card was issued under his mother’s last name, because Krar didn’t want salesmen to harass him, court documents state.
A fire in a New Hampshire storage locker led officers to Krar, who had weapons and ammunition stored there, court documents state.
An employee with another New Hampshire storage facility Krar stored items in described him as “wicked anti-American,” an affidavit states.
“She said Krar used to say things to her such as the United States government was corrupt and he hated the United States government and all of the cops,” court documents state.
Before Krar moved to Texas, federal agents in New Hampshire noticed known militia members frequenting his business.
LaRocca said Krar was holding militia meetings there. But on cross-examination, LaRocca said Krar’s relations with militia member may be related to business since they are usually associated with the purchase of weapons.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Wes Rivers said he would present Krar’s case to a grand jury in May.