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Continued: Fraud case, militia ties shock Maplewood vet's neighbors

‘Talked Army’

Bevalee Ferguson said Novak moved into the two-story, eight-unit apartment building in Maplewood last summer and had been a model tenant who paid rent on time.

A half-brother lived with him, she said, but for the most part, Novak “very seldom has anybody around.”

She said that to her knowledge, Novak wasn’t working but was attending classes at a local college.

“He talked Army all the time,” she said.

Novak’s Facebook page lists his interests as shooting, history, cars, guns and the military and shows that he belongs to an 8,874-member Facebook group called “The Modern American Revolution,” which criticizes the government and says it does not encourage, support or condone violence. It says in its rules: “We are a movement which has formed to collectively wake the far too many mindless and brainwashed people-drones by combatting garbage media and educational indoctrination.”

In Novak’s Facebook profile picture from last year, a shirtless man on a beach is shown saluting a Confederate battle flag.

Reached by phone, his father, Michael Novak, declined to comment Thursday afternoon.

Don Ferguson, Bevalee Ferguson’s husband and an Army vet, said Thursday that Keith Novak once invited him into his apartment to show off his guns, all of which Ferguson assumed were registered.

“We knew he liked to collect weapons — he’s got a bunch of guns down there,” he said. “We never assumed anything other than he was in the National Guard …

“Militia never even popped into my mind.”

 

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