Lexington County Detention Center, HO, Associated Press
In this undated arrest mug released by the Lexington County Detention Center, S.C., shows August Kreis. A one-time leader in the Aryan Nation white supremacist group, Kreis was sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to fraud. Kreis took nearly $193,000 in a need based military pension that prosecutors said he wasn't entirely eligible to collect.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A leader in the Aryan Nations white supremacist group has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to fraud.

A federal judge in South Carolina sentenced August Kreis III (krys) on Wednesday to the time he had served while awaiting sentencing. Kreis was also ordered to serve six months of home arrest while serving two years of probation and told to pay back the nearly $193,000 prosecutors said he improperly received in military pension benefits.

Prosecutors said they began investigating Kreis' finances after he suggested his group should join with al-Qaida because they share common enemies: Jews and the American government.

Kreis rose through the ranks of the Aryan Nations and tried to take over the group after it lost a $6.3 million settlement in 2000.