Naptown Outlaws Case Grinds On

September 4, 2013

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There are change of plea hearings tomorrow for five of the 51 defendants in the continuing racketeering case against members of the American Outlaws Association in Indiana. After Judge Tanya Walton Pratt formally accepts the pleas of Joshua Bowser, Jamie Bolinger, Stephen Duff, Vance Canner and Charles Ernstes 27 of the 51 men charged in the case will have ended and 24 will remain open.

Bowser, the lead defendant in United States versus Bowser et al., and Jamie Bolinger will plead nolo contendre , or no contest, to racketeering. Bradley A. Blackington, the lead prosecutor, had objected to that. The government is trying to prove that the AOA is a criminal racket.

The press release published the day the men were arrested claimed, “This enterprise-based investigation and today’s takedown focused on disrupting and dismantling what the indictment alleges to be a violent, criminal outlaw motorcycle gang by targeting its senior leaders and key members.” The release continued, “The U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and our partner agencies are committed to making the streets of Indiana safer by the disruption and dismantlement of gangs like the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.”

A guilty plea by Bowser and Bolinger might be used as proof that the club is in fact a criminal racket. The no contest plea probably prevents that. Bowser and Bolinger will plead guilty to several other racketeering predicates including gambling, extortion and “wire fraud.”

Conjuring A Racket

The men had been scheduled to stand trial beginning Friday. Judge Walton Pratt told Blackington that she “cannot justify the time, expense and resources of a six to seven week trial.”

The lengthy and complicated case began with a sealed indictment on July 3, 2012 and has produced 2166 filings so far. The underlying investigation in the case began in May 2009 and was one subject in a book titled Vagos, Mongols and Outlaws: My Infiltration of America’s Deadliest Biker Gangs by Charles Falco and Kerrie Droban. You can read this page’s review of the book here.

Although multiple defendants in the case appear to have violated various, mostly state, laws the federal accusations are mostly conjured up with rhetoric that is intended to portray the Outlaws as something they are not.

The indictment alleges the accused “engaged in criminal activity including the use and distribution of controlled substances, the use and threatened use of violence, extortion, firearms violations, obstruction of justice, illegal gambling and insurance fraud.” As is common in biker RICO cases the indictment charges defendants with “being persons employed by and associated with the OMC (Outlaws Motorcycle Club), an enterprise engaged in and the activities of which affected interstate commerce” and that they “did knowingly and unlawfully conduct and participate, directly and indirectly, in the conduct of the affairs of the OMC enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity within the meaning of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961 (1) and (5).”

The allegations include using the US Mail in a scheme to make false or contrived insurance claims; laundering the money obtained from the false insurance claims by buying a motorcycle and a Van; extorting the repayment of a loan; extorting a bar owner, distributing cocaine, morphine, methadone and Vicodin; discussing club business on the phone; threatening an unnamed person; and running an illegal lottery.


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23 Responses to “Naptown Outlaws Case Grinds On”

  1. IO Says:

    It kills every time, the feds try to bring in phone conversations and apply the interstate aspects of the rule. As if talking on the phone somehow constitutes fraudulent wire transfers. The feds will go as far and try to prove the way you use your facebook account is cross state lines and interference with interstate commerce.

  2. chromedome Says:

    Crazy…..i been reading bout how alot of state level offences are being federalized and blown way out of proportion. I read somewhere that there is a debate on whether the charge of prostitution should be changed to sex trafficing. The shit only gets deeper from here.


  3. Snow Says:

    Jury nullification comes to mind on these bullshit charges.
    Support your local AOA.

  4. chromedome Says:

    Right on

    How does the “no contest” plea play out as far as getting anything back that siezed?

  5. Rebel Says:

    Dear chromedome,

    The government will probably start forfeiture proceedings. The nolo pleas protect the club, not the defendants.


  6. chromedome Says:

    Thanks rebel

    “Generals gathered in their masses, just like witches at black masses. Evil minds that plot destruction, sorcerers of death’s construction. In the fields the bodies burning, as the war machine keeps turning. Death and hatred to mankind, poisoning their brainwashed minds. Oh lord, yeah!

    Politicians hide themselves away. They only started the war. Why should they go out to fight? They leave that role to the poor, yeah.

    Time will tell on their power minds, making war just for fun. Treating people just like pawns in chess, wait till their judgement day comes, yeah.”

    Now in darkness world stops turning, ashes where the bodies burning. No more War Pigs have the power, Hand of God has struck the hour. Day of judgement, God is calling, on their knees the war pigs crawling. Begging mercies for their sins, Satan, laughing, spreads his wings. Oh lord, yeah!

  7. USMVMC Hacker Says:

    “The allegations include… discussing club business on the phone…”

    I would hazard a guess that it is against their policy to discuss club business over the phone, although, I had no idea that it was a federal offense!

  8. hatedandproud Says:


    good song to think about in this scenario

    per the DEA has detailed projects on how to trace phones and supposed evidence on how the law attempts to incriminate by use of WHO you talk to on a basis of calculation by algorithm. phone calls are supposedly recorded on a basis of suspicion ( def. the act or an instance of suspecting something wrong without proof or on slight evidence ) of frequently made calls from certain locations at certain times. evidence of this can be found here:

    no matter what you, me, your neighbor, or your dog they want to get us, so keep you shit straight. I have have plenty to worry about now cause I think I wasn’t charged enough for cigarettes yesterday…does that mean it was extortion???? this whole country needs to bathe itself of superior crap and live on the original American dream as rebel once wrote about in “The Way We Were”

    keep up the awesome work rebel


  9. Freeman Says:

    In some ways it reminds of the ha trial going on over here:

    Those men have been jailed since 2009 and havent had a trial yet.
    pre trial detention time counts double here, with the plea bargain about half a dozen are now released, and another half dozen will be in 12-14 months, the fuckin trial wont even have started by then!

  10. rollinnorth Says:

    Forfeiture proceedings often begin the same time as indictment. So, while you’re locked up awaiting trial, a separate civil case, for which you are not entitled to appointed counsel, is working its way through the system. Worse, in forfeiture cases, the burden is on you to prove that your property was obtained with your hard-earned money and not with proceeds of the alleged crime.
    It’s just more kicking a man when he’s down.


  11. OC VAGO Says:

    You can bet Facebook is being used. An Assistant Director of the CIA not long ago appeared before a Senate Committee and stated the free intel gathered from account holders was a “dream come true”. He went on to congratulate Mark Zuckerburg and even said the CIA had awarded him an honorary Operative title.

    Bullshit or not. Pretty fuckin’ freaky.

  12. FBomb Says:

    Yep, with RICO and asset forfeiture you are guilty until proven innocent. So much for the constitution. Basically they take your money immediately while you’re locked up, then you can’t hire a lawyer to defend yourself or get your money back. Makes you see who the real criminal is in all this…the alphabet soup of Fed agencies. On top of that nearly 3/4 of people who lose assets in a RICO case are never charged with a crime. There’s a good article about it here:

  13. German Says:

    Hey man! Maybe you should consider taking down that video of that rat fuck piece of shit fucking informant scumbag wearing an AOA patch huh?!?!?!?!? How fucking disrespectful can you be towards my club man?

  14. rollinnorth Says:

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  15. Rebel Says:

    Dear German,

    What are you talking about?


  16. 10Gauge Says:


    German is speaking of The Infilltrator video with the interview of Falco.


  17. Rebel Says:

    Dear German,

    Oh, now I know what you’re talking about.

    You know, with disturbing regularity, some patch holder or another from this or that club writes me tell me what I can and cannot say and post on my goddamn site. I think the idea is to find out how easy it is to bully Rebel. It isn’t just patch holders. There are also witnesses who don’t want their names published, ATF agents who want to kill me, television producers who think I am irresponsible, it is a long list.

    I believe I have consistently respected all motorcycle clubs — with the possible exception of the Sober Riders about four or five years ago, and they were really asking for it. I sincerely regret the crack about Operation SRMC — Smelly Rat Manners Camp.

    This is hardly the first time I have run that video clip. I think it presents several pieces of valid and useful information — like what this guy looks like. When a regional boss, or a mutual friend, writes me and asks me to take down the clip I will consider it. Until then stop trying to tell me what the fuck I can and cannot say. Go try to pick a fight with somebody else.

    And, for your information, complaints like yours are usually handled through email. When you decide to tell me what I can and cannot think and say as a comment, I have no way to substantiate who you are. For all I know, you’re an ATF Agent.

    Are you new?


  18. German Says:

    I failed to see “any” threat or bullying of any kind there. And your correct you can do anything you want with “your goddamned site”. It’s still disrespectful.

  19. Bill Says:

    This is maybe the most free speech zone left on the planet at this time, and not so much for the tolerance of the host, but for the strength and convictions of what gets said here. A so called “free speech zone” means nothing if nobody has anything to say, or is afraid to say it. That said, I think the request to consider taking down the video undermines the very freedoms that allow someone to complain that said video is disrespectful.

  20. Freeman Says:

    As stated, better have the pic of the shithead displayed, than go under radar so he can do it again, aoa is not the only club thats been through this, but could be the last to that gov tool if everyone knows what he looks like, gett it?

  21. tiger Says:

    I, myself, like being able to see what the Rat does look like. Just like Steve Cook, No Chin Ciccone, and the rest of the Rat Pack with they’re pictures out there and what they sound like ( I don’t think they are Oscar winning actors sooo ) it will hopefully cause them to trip up and get caught in “The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time”. So what if Deacon Bug Spray puts one more rat where they belong. I do see the disrespect though. It is by Falco and not Rebel. How many colours are on the table and his back? Three. Three too many. We must rid ourselves of the mindless attitude our government has taken towards us and the civilian population. If it means a disrespect on a video like this then it is a “Bite The Bullet” situation and remember where the disrespect is from. A rat fuck that should be “Put To Sea” and be grateful we are able to see who the Snitches are so hopefully the only flying any of them will ever do is cowering behind closed doors trying to look bad. @ German hopefully one day they will all get what they trully deserve. Respects Tiger

  22. German Says:

    I see all points here. It just REALLY burns my ass to see that rat fuck wearing what my brothers have died and been imprisoned to protect and preserve. On the table is one thing but that asswipe is WEARING Charlie while talking about fucking over Milwaukee Jack 1%er and some other really good brothers and men. No disrespect to Rebel or any other person on the site. I enjoy the reporting just as much as anyone else and do appreciate the effort involved by Rebel.

  23. Rebel Says:

    Dear German,

    No problem. This guy ratted out members of three clubs. Mongols, Vagos and AOA. I did a fairly long story about him when his book came out. I just think people should know what he looks like and sounds like and then he can go find a new line of work. I know he infuriates you. All I can do is give you a voice. His handler was Darrin Kozlowski. I have run Koz picture, too, wearing a Mongols cut.


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