The Feds called him “Sutar.” In Norse mythology the Twilight of the Gods would begin when a Sun spirit named Sutar came north out of the hot place to destroy the old order.
Norse mythology figures prominently in the identity of the Pagans Motorcycle Club so when the FBI hired an informant in April 2004 to try to corrupt the Pagans the Bureau code-named him Sutar. In court documents he is usually identified as “the known person” or “the second known person.”
The case against the Pagans is based on the testimony of four paid informants. Three of the Confidential Informants, in Philadelphia, South Jersey and in West Virginia worked for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Sutar worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was also a convicted murderer and for almost five years he was former Pagans National Vice President Floyd B. “Jesse” Moore’s personal Sergeant-at-Arms.
The Murder Conspiracy
In a plea agreement he signed late last year, Moore confessed:
“In May 2006, Thomas Morris approached Moore about having a person ‘taken care of” for reasons personal to Morris. Morris spoke to Moore about this problem because Morris knew that Moore was the national vice president of the Pagans and Morris thought that Moore would know someone who could take care of Morris’ problem. Morris was a local chapter president of the Avengers Motorcycle Club. Morris told Moore that a woman had ‘ruined his life’ and he wanted her ‘taken care of.’ Morris did not care how the woman was ‘taken care of,’ but he wanted her ‘out of his life.’ Moore understood that Morris wanted this woman killed. Moore told Morris he knew someone who might be able to help him with his problem.
“Shortly after Morris’ initial conversation with Moore, Moore had a person known to both parties (the Known Person), who was a convicted murderer and member of the Pagans, contact Morris about the woman Morris wanted killed. Morris provided the Known Person with photographs of the victim and directions to her home. When the Known Person showed Moore the photographs and the maps at Moore’s residence in St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia, within the Southern District of West Virginia, Moore told him to copy them and then destroy them. Moore also told the Known Person that if he helped Morris, it would give the Pagans the ‘weight’ it needed over the Avengers, since Morris was their local chapter president.”
The “known person” in this confession was Sutar. The evidence that there ever was a conspiracy to murder derived entirely from Sutar’s words.
Sutar Large And In Charge
The fact that Sutar followed Moore around allowed the FBI informant to meet virtually every member of the club and members of other clubs as well. Sutar was not paid by the Pagans or by Moore. Moore, like most bikers, was a man of modest means. He retired as an electrical worker in 2003. Sutar’s income from 2004 until the present has come from the FBI and the sale of, sometimes stolen, motorcycles.
From 2004 through the first nine months of 2009 Sutar sought to incriminate everyone he met. None of Sutar’s allegations were ever verified by his FBI handlers but simply entered into the case file verbatim. Most of the reports were also unsubstantiated by independently verifiable facts.
Beginning in 2004, Sutar bought and sold motorcycles and motorcycle parts. Some percentage of the motorcycles he sold were stolen. No accounting of where the bikes came from exists. On multiple occasions, Sutar sold a stolen motorcycle to a customer after assuring the customer that the bike was not stolen. Sutar then reported that that customer was riding a stolen bike to the FBI and was paid by the Bureau for reporting that crime. Sutar was also allowed to profit from the sale of the stolen bikes. No accounting of this profit exists.
What Sutar Got Paid
Sutar was paid $3,500 per month plus expenses beginning at some point during the investigation through at least September, 2009. Simple arithmetic suggests that Sutar was probably paid about $227,500. An FBI accounting states that Sutar was actually paid $198,795.50 for “services rendered.”
Sutar was also reimbursed by the FBI for plane tickets, hotel rooms, rental cars, his club dues and other club expenses including raffle tickets and mileage. On at least one occasion when the government’s payment to Sutar was late, he asked to be reimbursed for the late fees on his credit cards.
Sutar is still being paid by the FBI and he has been promised a lump sum reward, a new identity and relocation at the conclusion of the current case.