June 15, 2010
Milwaukee (HNNUSA) - On Tuesday, federal agents raided the Milwaukee Motorcycle Outlaws Club this morning to serve warrants. Undercover federal agents were able to infiltrate the Outlaws and were key witnesses in providing information that led to federal indictments. 27 members of the Outlaws Association, including 4 members of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from both alleged criminal organizations were indicted by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia. The indictment charges that members of the Outlaws participated in a criminal enterprise that engaged in at least 80 crimes, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling and weapons violations. The suspects taken into custody are facing from 23 years to life in prison, if convicted.
Federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) raided the South side Milwaukee Outlaws clubhouse at 1835 S. 2nd St. Authorities confiscated boxes of evidence from the building.
The U.S. Attorney's Office says, the indictment alleges the criminal enterprise is composed of a multi-level chain of command led by Jack Rosga, 53, aka "Milwaukee Jack," the Outlaws current National President. Rosga was taken into custody and is facing federal charges in a 12-count indictment.
His court appointed attorney, Chip Burke told Judge Gorence that Rosga operates a trucking business and doesn't have time to run the Outlaws and is not the leader of the Outlaws as federal authorities have alleged.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carol Kraft and the 12-count indictment alleges Rosga is the current acting president of the Outlaws, who declared war on the Hell's Angels after their members took the Outlaws patches (Colors) from two Outlaws.
Rosga, if convicted is facing more than 20 years in a federal prison, according to court documents.
Federal authorities say, that other Milwaukee Outlaws members have been previously convicted in 1997 and 2001 for various crimes and some are serving life sentences.
Other known Outlaws leaders in Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia were also indicted and taken into custody, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In Old Orchard Beach, Maine, authorities confirmed a man was shot shortly after 6:00 a.m. when they went to serve a warrant at the property located at 5 Sandy Circle, a 624-square-foot single-story bungalow, owned by Thomas "Tomcat" Mayne, 59, who was indicted in connection with the national Outlaws crackdown. Mayne was wanted in a federal warrant and Kenneth Chretian wanted in a state warrant was arrested at the property. Two women were also at the property when ATF agents raided the place.
The agents were fired upon when they arrived to serve the warrant. The ATF Swat team agents returned fire killing Mayne inside, ATF confirmed. Authorities recovered a handgun and shotgun from the bungalow.
Mayne and Michael "Madman" Pedini are accused of shooting a Hell's Angel motorcycle gang member in Canaan last year. They received an SS patch recognizing their deed of violence.
In Hickory, North Carolina, U.S. Marshals and ATF agents blasted their way through a brick and cinderblock wall to get into the Outlaws club. No one was reported inside at the time of the raid. The blast shattered windows from nearby neighbors.
The indictment unseal on Tuesday states, that in September, Hell's Angel members assaulted two Outlaws members at a gas station in New Haven, Conn. The Outlaws patches (Colors) were taken from the two Outlaws by the Hell's Angels, triggering a feud escalating into an ongoing war.
In October, Rosga, the national Outlaws president asked "Madman" Pedini, who had held the rank of enforcer in the Maine Outlaws, to personally take revenge on the Hell's Angels, according to the indictment.
On the evening of Oct. 8, a suspected Hell's Angel from Madison was found shot in his pickup truck at the entrance to the Hell's Angels clubhouse on Route 23 in Canaan. The indictment says Pedini and Mayne staked out the Hell's Angel clubhouse for hours, until they spotted the intended victim and then shot the rival gang member. He was hospitalized for numerous gunshot wounds, but survived.
The Outlaws indictment lists several other acts of violence, including the 2008 attack on a black man in Fredericksburg, Va., solely because of his race, then intimidating witnesses in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In a press release, the U.S. Attorney's Office stated, "Under Rosga's leadership, the enterprise is alleged to have engaged in violent racketeering activities with the intent to expand its influence and control various parts of the country against rival motorcycle gangs, particularly the Hell's Angels."
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Rich Marianos, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division made the announcement today after the indictment was unsealed and the defendants were placed in custody.
JSonline link to Outlaws and Pagans Motorcycle Clubs 12-count 50 page indictment by U.S. Attorney's Office in Virginia
Those indicted were the following suspects from the Outlaws and Pagans Motorcycle Clubs.
They are Jack Rosga, aka, "Milwaukee Jack,” 53, serves as the National Boss of the Outlaws organization and is also a member of the Gold Region, Milwaukee Wisconsin Chapter.
Joseph Allman, 46, is an Outlaws member in the Red region and holds a position in the Maine Chapter previously serving as President and Enforcer.
John Banthen, aka, “Bull,” 46, is an Outlaws member in Montana and is the president of a new prospect chapter in Montana.
Thomas Benvie, aka, “Taz,” 41, is an Outlaws member in the Red region and currently serves as President of the Maine Chapter.
William Davey, aka, “Rebel,” 46, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and was formerly the Chapter Enforcer in the Ashville, North Carolina.
Mark Jason Fiel, aka, “Jason,” 37, is a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region and a former leader in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
Mark Steven Fiel, aka, “Snuff,” 59, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as President of the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
Chris Gagner, 37, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the President and Treasurer of the Asheville, North Carolina Chapter.
Harold Herndon, aka, “Lil’ Dave,” 48, is an Outlaws member and is currently the Copper Region Vice President and member of the Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
Mark Lester, aka, “Ivan,” 55, is an Outlaws member in the Knoxville, Tennessee Chapter and serves as the Boss of the Grey Region until early 2010.
Brett Longendyke, 32, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the Manassas/ Shenandoah Valley Chapter Enforcer.
David Lowry, aka, "Little David,” 49, is an Outlaws member and currently the Copper Region Boss and member of the Charlotte Chapter.
Michael Mariaca, aka, “M & M,” 50, is an Outlaws member and serves as the President of the Rock Hill South Carolina Chapter and Copper Region Enforcer.
Thomas Mayne, aka, “Tomcat,” 59, is an Outlaws member in the Red Region and serves as the regional treasurer. Mayne formerly served as the Red Region Enforcer.
Harry Rhyne McCall, 53, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
Michael Pedini, aka, “Madman,” 39, is an Outlaws member in the Red Region and a former Enforcer in the Northern Maine Chapter.
Thomas Petrini, aka, “Jo Jo,” 48, is a former Outlaws member in the Copper Region, Manassas/ Shenandoah Valley Chapter.
Michael Smith, 51, is an Outlaws member in the Copper Region and serves as the President of the Hickory, North Carolina Chapter.
Mark Spradling, “Lytnin,” 52, is an Outlaws member and serves as Treasurer of the Copper Region.
Christopher Timbers, aka, “Alibi,” 37, is an Outlaws member in the Manassas/Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the Copper Region.
James Townsend, aka, “Vern,” 44, is an Outlaws member and President of the Lexington, North Carolina Chapter.
Leslie Werth, aka, “Les,” 47, is an Outlaws member and currently is the Vice President of the Rock Hill South Carolina Chapter. Werth served as the Copper Region Boss until October 17, 2009.
Brian McDermott, 50, is an Outlaws member of the Copper Region’s Hickory, North Carolina chapter.
Charles Love, aka, “Chuck” or "Rebar,” 49, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Amelia, Va.
William Powell, aka, "Torch,” 49, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Lynchburg, Va.
Charles Barlow, aka, “Chuck,” 43, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, Va.
Dennis Haldermann, aka, "Chew Chew,” 45, is a member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club from Chesterfield, Va.
The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Washington Field Division; the FBI’s Washington Field Office; the Virginia State Police; the Chesterfield County Police Department and numerous law enforcement partners throughout the country. The prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Duffey and Dennis Fitzpatrick and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sam Kaplan on behalf of the United States.
The Justice Department reported that the Outlaws have more than 1,700 members belonging to 176 chapters in the United States and 12 foreign countries.
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