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Ex Navy Yard Guard Sentenced For Lying About White Supremacy Ties

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PHILADELPHIA — A former guard at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia was sentenced to prison for lying about his involvement in a white supremacist group on a federal employment form, authorities said.

United States Attorney William M. McSwain said Thursday that Fred Arena, 41, of Salem, New Jersey, was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 2 years of supervised release for making false statements to government agents.

Arena, who was an employee of a federal contractor at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and as such was required to obtain a federal security clearance, lied to obtain the clearance.

He also lied to federal investigators who asked him about his answers to questions on the security clearance paperwork.

Arena was arrested and detained in October 2019, and pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2019.

On January 10, 2019, Arena completed the standard Form SF-86 to get a federal security clearance for his job.

On that form, he was required to disclose whether he had ever been a member of an organization that used (or advocated the use of) force or violence to prevent others from exercising their constitutional rights.

Arena lied, saying that he had not been in such a group.

Authorities said Arena was an avowed member a white supremacist group that fits that description.

His membership in the group and his participation in their activities were demonstrated by his many admissions and photos on social media, including events surrounding the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On the same application, Arena was asked whether he had had property repossessed within the past seven years. He falsely answered that he had not. In fact, Arena had previously defaulted on a car loan, and his car was repossessed within the seven year window.

As part of his sentence, the court ordered that during the period of supervised release, Arena is barred from membership and participation in any organization that advocates or practices unlawful acts of force or violence to discourage others from exercising their rights under the United States Constitution or any state of the United States.

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