One of the most senior and respectfully regarded members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club signed a plea deal yesterday. Bill Michael Munz pled guilty to Count One of the Indictment in United States v. Ruben Cavazos, et al.
Count One alleges that: “Beginning on a date unknown, and continuing to on or about October 9, 2008, in Los Angeles County, within the Central District of California and elsewhere (the defendants) and others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, being persons employed by and associated with the Mongols criminal enterprise, which enterprise engaged in and the activities of which affected interstate and foreign commerce, unlawfully and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to violate Title 18, United States Code, Section 1962, that is, to conduct and participate, directly and indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961(1) and 1961(5), consisting of multiple acts involving murder, in violation of California Penal Code Sections 31, 182, 187, 189, 217.1, and 664; robbery, in violation of California Penal Code Sections 211, 212.5(a), and 213; distribution of controlled substances, including methamphetamine and cocaine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 846; and multiple acts indictable under Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1956 and 1957 (money laundering). It was a further part of the conspiracy that each defendant agreed that a conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering in the conduct of the affairs of the enterprise.”
As part of the fourteen page agreement, Munz “stipulated” the following “factual basis” for his guilty plea. (The paragraphing has been edited for clarity.)
“During the time period charged in the indictment, defendant was a member and officer of the Mongols criminal enterprise. Defendant served as the ‘president’ of the Mongols San Diego chapter. As part of his role as a member and officer in the Mongols organization, defendant, along with co-conspirators, regularly led meetings of Mongols ‘officers’ and members and directed Mongols members about the requirements and responsibilities of the organization, including conducting armed attacks on rival gang members.
“Specifically, defendant, along co-conspirators, led a meeting on April 6, 2006 in which they addressed a confrontation with rival ‘Hell’s (sic) Angels’ gang members. On April 26, 2006 and August 16, 2006 defendant led ‘Church Meetings’ of the Mongols San Diego chapter. On June 16, 2007 defendant, along with co-conspirators, addressed Mongols at an ‘all members’ meeting in Los Angeles, California.
“Defendant also participated in Mongols functions. For example, defendant attended a Mongols party in Temecula, California on April 29, 2006, with co-conspirators. Defendant, along with other co-conspirators, also addressed Mongols at a ‘National Run’ in October 2007 during which members were rewarded with patches to acknowledge their participation in confrontations on behalf of the Mongols organization. Defendant, along with other co-conspirators also participated in a Mongols “Mother Chapter” meeting in West Covina, California on December 22, 2007 while Mongols ‘prospects’ maintained an armed presence outside the residence.
“Defendant participated in a ‘Sergeant-at-Arms’ meeting with co-conspirators in which members discussed their belief that a Mongols ‘prospect’ was cooperating with the government in the investigation of a shooting of a rival gang member.
“Defendant participated in membership decisions within the organization. Defendant recruited members into the organization and collected funds from them for the organization. In June 2007, defendant directed a polygrapher to administer a polygraph examination to three undercover law enforcement officers, posing as prospective Mongols members, as a condition to their membership in the organization. The polygraph examination was intended to determine whether the undercover officers were in fact law enforcement officers or cooperating with law enforcement.
“Defendant also participated in and directed attacks on rival gang members in order to assert and expand the authority of the organization into other states and Canada. In September 2007, defendant traveled with other Mongols leaders to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in order to address a proposed alliance with the ‘Pagans’ motorcycle gang. Defendant also addressed conflicts between the Mongols organization and rival organizations, and defendant, along with co-conspirators, participated in a meeting at Universal Studios City Walk during which representatives of rival organizations demanded monthly ‘tax’ payments from the Mongols to reimburse the rival organization for losses suffered as a result of a confrontation with the Mongols.
“Defendant admits that these acts were related to his role as a leader and member of the Mongols organization, and his actions were committed in furtherance of the criminal enterprise and knowing that members of the criminal enterprise would commit multiple racketeering acts, including armed attacks on rival gang members, attempted murder and narcotics distribution. Defendant also admits that the crimes of the enterprise are offenses which have an effect on interstate commerce.”
Munz pled to a Base Level 26 Offense. He has prior convictions and will probably be sentenced to a term of 70 to 97 months in a federal penitentiary.