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Pasco: Former neo-Nazi arrested in scrap metal scam

HUDSON — Cory Patnode, the onetime treasurer of a group of Pasco County neo-Nazis who were behind a double stabbing in 2006, is back in trouble with the law, this time for something far less scandalous.

According to his arrest report, Patnode, 31, took 131 pounds of aluminum border and spikes to a recycler in Port Richey and got $85.15 in return. But the aluminum had been taken from an Autozone shop last November, and Patnode told a deputy he "figured out that it was possibly stolen."

He sold it for a man named Billy Elliott, who gave him a pack of cigarettes in return, the report said. That landed Patnode in jail Saturday charged with false verification of ownership. He was released after posting $5,000 bail.

Patnode provided key testimony last year for the state in its case against John Ditullio, a recruit in the neo-Nazi gang who was charged with stabbing a woman and killing a teenager in a hate-fueled rampage. Ditullio denied any role in the attack, but Patnode said Ditullio confessed to him. Ditullio was convicted in December and is serving life in prison.

Pasco: Former neo-Nazi arrested in scrap metal scam 07/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 11, 2011 4:38pm]
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