There have been twelve plea bargaining agreements in the Pagans case now unfolding in Charleston, West Virginia. Last October 23rd, Timothy A. Flood, the former President of the Northeast Philadelphia chapter of the club pled guilty to helping the Pagans run an illegal lottery.
The plea deal was unsealed last Thursday, January 7th. Flood pled guilty to a Base Level 12 Federal Offense and will probably be sentenced to ten months in a federal lockup.
Fifty-four members, associates and acquaintances of the Pagans Motorcycle Club were indicted in a federal racketeering indictment returned last September 29th. The indictment accuses defendants of raising funds with an illegal lottery; of possessing pipe bombs, firearms and Pagans paraphernalia; and of assaults and violent talk as part of criminal racketeering enterprise.
So far the only tangible evidence the government has offered that the Pagans are or were a racket is a fistful of raffle tickets. Nevertheless, the United States Department of Justice is an implacable foe that seems determined to humiliate the Pagans.
Previous Plea Deals
In late October four defendants, Eric Lyttle, James Lyttle, William Hankins Sr. and Edward Parsons agreed to reduced sentences in return for cooperating with prosecutors.
In November, Donnie Ray “Hoss” Workman, James N. Maggio, Michael Roy “Butterbean” Sneed and Thomas “Grumpy” Morris promised to take off their patches and leave their motorcycle club behind.
In December, Richard Howard Laly Smith, James R. “Bones” Claypool and former Pagans National Vice President Floyd B. “Jesse” Moore all reached plea agreements.
All of the deals signed so far include a clause that the confessed men, “will be forthright and truthful with this office and other law enforcement agencies with regard to all inquiries made pursuant to this agreement, and will give signed, sworn statements and grand jury and trial testimony upon request of the United States.”
Flood’s misdeeds are described in his plea deal as follows:
“In April 2008, Flood, also known as ‘Casual,’ was a retired member of the Pagans Motorcycle Club. Previously, Flood held the position of President of the North East Philadelphia chapter of the Pagans. The Pagans was controlled nationally by members of the mother club (sic). Floyd B. Moore, also known as ‘Jesse,’ was the national vice president of the Pagans and a member of the mother club (sic). David Keith Barbeito, also known as ‘Bart,’ was the national president of the Pagans and a member of the mother club (sic). (Repeated references to the “mother club” in this confession seem to refer to the “Mother Chapter” of the Pagans. Rebel)
“As a member of the Pagans, periodically Flood and others were required to sell raffle tickets for a purported chance to win a motorcycle. The date on which the raffle was conducted and the amount of tickets each chapter was responsible to sell was dictated by the mother club (sic). The raffle constituted gambling, in violation of the laws of the states in which the various Pagans members resided. The money raised from the raffle was used to promote the Pagans.
“Chapter presidents were responsible for distributing raffle tickets to their chapter members and for collecting money from the sale of raffle tickets by their chapter members. The money was then delivered to the mother club (sic) member in charge of that particular territory. In the case of Flood, that was Moore, and, ultimately, to Barbeito. Approximately six months prior to April 2008, Moore distributed raffle tickets to each chapter to sell including to Flood. Flood distributed the tickets to the members of his chapter. Flood instructed the treasurer of his chapter, also known as ‘T,’ to collect the money from the sale of the raffle tickets from the chapter members.
‘T’ collected the money and, on April 26, 2008, having sold raffle tickets and collected money for the same, and at the direction of Barbeito and Moore, Flood, ‘T’ and other members of the Pagans including Rocco J. Boyd, Christopher T. Brunner, Thomas William Connolly, Sergio Velez Cuevas, William J. DeSalvatore, Dominick Carl Dipietro, Stephen G. Dunn Jr., Joseph Robert Fareri, Damian Foti, William Hankins Sr., Stephen G. Hoffman, Charles James Laverty, Martin Craig Nuss, Vincent David Pezzano, Daniel J. Reilly, Joseph J. Schmidt III, and Vincent Talotta traveled from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, and elsewhere to Saint Albans, West Virginia for the purpose of delivering the proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets to Moore. Once in West Virginia, envelopes containing money raised by each chapter from the sale of raffle tickets were delivered to Moore by members of the various Pagans chapters.”