George Christie, the widely known, liked and respected former President of the Ventura Charter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club made bail for Labor Day weekend. Christie was arrested August 12.
The Department of Justice issued a release later that day which stated:
“The former president of the Ventura County Chapter of the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang was arrested this morning on federal charges stemming from an extortion plot and the firebombing of two Ventura tattoo shops in 2007.”
“George Christie Jr., 64, of Ventura, was one of four defendants arrested this morning on federal conspiracy, extortion and arson charges contained in a six-count indictment.
“The indictment alleges that Christie, while the president of the Ventura County Chapter of the Hells Angels, conspired to threaten the owners of rival tattoo parlors in an effort to force them to close down their businesses. When the owners remained in business, Christie allegedly conspired to firebomb the businesses.”
The widely publicized accusations allege, “that Christie, who was the owner of The Ink House in Ventura, conspired to confront the owners of two other tattoo parlors – Scratch the Surface, of Ventura, and Twisted Ink, of Ventura. The indictment specifically alleges that Christie intended for the confrontations to induce the owners of the rival tattoo parlors to shut down their businesses.
“When the owners of Scratch the Surface and Twisted Ink kept their shops open for business despite the prior threats to shut down, Christie conspired to damage or completely destroy the businesses so they could no longer compete with Christie’s tattoo shop, The Ink House, according to the indictment.
“Both Scratch the Surface and Twisted Ink were damaged on July 6, 2007 when Molotov cocktails were thrown into the businesses by individuals acting in furtherance of this conspiracy. At the time of the fire bombings, Twisted Ink was located directly across the street from Ventura High School, while Scratch the Surface – housed in the same building as an occupied residence – was operating next to a pre-school.”
According to the release, after the arsons, Christie was “investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department; and the Ventura Police Department.”
Veteran Incarceration Expert
Besides his tattoo parlor, Christie is the founder of a company called Felony Prison Consultants (FPC). The company states its mission as helping “those facing possible incarceration learn how to navigate the perilous path of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. A veteran incarceration expert, Christie gained critical knowledge and experience ‘on the inside’ when he, himself, faced incarceration.”
Christie was imprisoned for a year in 1986 while awaiting trial for conspiracy to commit murder. He was acquitted of those charges. He spent another year in jail in 2011 for allegedly selling prescription drugs. He was released after agreeing to plead guilty to one charge of conspiracy to possess a prescription drug for sale.
Christie’s official biography for FPC states that he has, “spent the past four decades as a leader and spokesman of the Hells Angels. He has spearheaded several philanthropic endeavors with Easter Seals, Gulls Wings Children’s Museum and the Special Olympics. He was recently petitioned by the Salvation Army to collect Toys for Tots and has worked to organize various blood drives for the Red Cross.
“Christie has appeared as a guest expert on numerous television shows including 60 Minutes, CNN, History Channel, and CBS 2 News.”
Christie was freed from federal custody in Los Angeles Friday, September 2 after U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Nguyen ordered him released on $200,000 bail. Christie must wear an electronic monitoring device and is confined to his home except to visit a doctor or his attorney.
If convicted of all the charges against him, Christie could face life imprisonment.