Yesterday afternoon William J. Hochul Jr. who is the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, announced the unsealing of a 46-count racketeering indictment against 16 members of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club in New York, Tennessee and Florida.
The accused men are national president David Pirk; Florida/Tennessee regional president Timothy Enix; New York Northern regional president Filip Caruso; New York Southern Tier regional president Emmett Green; and Kingsmen members Andre Jenkins; Edgar Dekay; Jason Williams; Thomas Koszuta; Gregory Willson; Robert Osborne; Stanley Olejniczak; Jack Wood; Ryan Myrtle; Thomas Scanlon; Glen Stacharczyck; and Sean McIndoo.
The underlying investigation, which appears to have relied on at least five cooperating witnesses, seems to have been underway since at least 2009. It gained traction after the murder of two Kingsmen named Paul Maue and Daniel “DJ” Szymanski outside the Kingsmen’s North Tonawanda, New York Clubhouse in September 2014
Large sections of the 73-page indictment read like a description of the clubhouse in Valhalla.
“KMC chapter clubhouses maintained a supply of untaxed cigarettes, obtained from area Indian Reservations tax free, which were routinely sold for profit inside the KMC clubhouses.”
“KMC chapter clubhouses permitted illicit drug use and distribution, including cocaine, marijuana, and other controlled substances, between club members, associates, friends, and supporters of the KMC.”
“KMC clubhouses maintained a fully stocked bar, with a wide selection of beer and liquor, sales of which were utilized to generate income for the KMC.”
“Certain KMC clubhouses maintained gambling devices and machines, such as slot and poker machines, as a means to generate income for the KMC.”
“Members recruited women to perform ‘strip’ dances inside KMC clubhouses and to engage in sexual encounters with KMC members and associates in order to increase club profits and membership.”
It all seems to have gone wrong when, “in 2013, certain KMC members sought to establish the KMC as a 1% club.”
“Following the 2013 determination for KMC to became a 1% club,” the indictment claims, “violence and other criminal activity occurred within and among KMC chapters and clubhouses involving those KMC members who wished to leave the KMC and join rival motorcycle organizations.”
According to the indictment, members, and sometimes whole chapters, patched over to the Nickel City Nomads Motorcycle Club and the Pagans Motorcycle Club. An apparent split developed in the club in 2013 between members loyal to club president David Pirk and “a former KMC National President.” There were several patch pullings and assaults. Toward the end, members in Florida, where Pirk lived, were more loyal to Pirk than some members in New York.
On August 3, 2014, prosecutors say, Kingsmen from the northern region of New York including Paul Maue armed themselves and went to the South Buffalo chapter clubhouse to confront Pirk “about KMC rule changes.”
Take Care Of It
At the beginning of September, for reasons that are not entirely clear in the indictment, Pirk is accused of telling Kingsmen Nomad Andre Jenkins to talk to members of the Nickel City Nomads and the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. “On or about September 4, 2014, defendant Andre Jenkins told the person known to the Grand Jury that they were going to attempt to collect information from members of the Outlaws and the Nickel City Nomads, to pretend the person known to the Grand Jury was from Tennessee, and to pretend that defendant Andre Jenkins was no longer with the KMC.”
“On or about September 5, 2014,” the indictment continues, “defendant Andre Jenkins discussed the change in demeanor of the Nickel City Nomads towards him and stated that KMC members Paul Maue and Daniel ‘DJ’ Szymanski were the only ones who knew what he was doing there. Sometime on or about and between September 4, 2014 and September 6, 2014, defendant David Pirk told defendant Andre Jenkins to ‘take care of it’ in reference to killing Paul Maue and Daniel ‘DJ’ Szymanski.”
“On or about September 6, 2014, at approximately 2:42 a.m., defendant David Pirk called Paul Maue via cellular telephone after which Paul Maue and Daniel ‘DJ’ Szymanski exited out the North Tonawanda KMC Chapter clubhouse located at 322 Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, New York. On or about September 6, 2014, defendant Andre Jenkins shot and killed Paul Maue and Daniel ‘DJ’ Szymanski behind the North Tonawanda KMC Chapter clubhouse.”
Jenkins was arrested near Savannah, Georgia two months after the murders. He was convicted of murdering Maue and Szymanski in August 2015 and sentenced to serve life in prison last October.