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Freemen Check Probe Awaits Militia Leader Looker Has Pleaded Guilty To Selling Fbi Blueprints

Associated Press

A militia leader who pleaded guilty to selling copies of blueprints of the FBI’s fingerprint complex still faces an investigation into bogus checks linked to Montana freemen leader LeRoy Schweitzer.

Floyd “Ray” Looker pleaded guilty last week to providing resources for a terrorist attack. He sold the blueprints to what he believed was a terrorist group that planned to blow the center up.

He also pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit an offense against the United States and enlisting men from Ohio and Pennsylvania to supply explosives across state lines. He is awaiting sentencing.

Tucked into the Mountaineer Militia commander’s seven-page plea agreement was a sentence that said Looker can still be prosecuted for fraudulent checks known as “Schweitzer checks.”

Looker, 57, was questioned in December 1995 about a certified banker’s check for $1 million payable to Looker and signed by Schweitzer, according to an FBI document obtained by The Associated Press.

Looker told the FBI he received the check from Schweitzer after attending a common law course at the freemen’s Montana compound in July 1995, the document said.

It was unclear whether Looker tried to cash the check, which was drawn on a Norwest Bank branch in Butte, Mont.

Schweitzer is in jail in Billings, Mont., awaiting trial next May.

He is one of more than 20 Freemen who remain in jail on numerous federal charges, including conspiracy to commit mail, bank and wire fraud with a bogus check scheme, making false claims to the IRS, interstate transportation of stolen property, threatening federal officials, armed robbery and firearms violations.

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