According to published reports in Australia, about 90 percent of the Finks Motorcycle Club has joined the Mongols Motorcycle Club. The Mongols previously had Australian chapters in New South Wales, Victoria, Adelaide and Perth. The reports describe the patch over as amicable. The Brisbane Courier Mail reports that there will now be about 400 Mongols in Australia
Australian police have become increasingly hostile to motorcycle clubs since the enactment of a series of so-called “bikie laws” began in 2009. The original law in New South Wales was called the “Criminal Organisations Control Act.”
The bikie laws ban membership in motorcycle clubs based on “criminal intelligence.” The laws vary from one Australian state to another. Some laws specify that the ban must be made public before it is implemented. Some states allow the ban to be kept secret. Generally, the “intelligence” on which a ban is based can be kept secret.
The Finks was formed in Adelaide in 1969. The name derives from The Wizard of Id comic strip. A running gag in the 50-year-old strip is to have peasants proclaim “The King is a fink!” The Finks MC has been officially banned in Australia since March.
Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie told The Australian, “It’s concerning and disappointing they (the Finks) think they could get around these new laws we’re introducing by showing strength in numbers.” Among the laws proposed by Bleijie is one that would allow club members to “be hauled before secret hearings and stripped of their assets in a bid to gut their business model.”
Bleijie described the patchover as “just a fear and intimidation tactic by the Finks.”
“They can do whatever they want to change their names, to change their membership, to change their organization but we will find them. We will track them down,” Bleijie said.
The Australian also reported “Authorities have ‘no idea’ what the patch over will do to moves to have the Finks declared a criminal organization or if the legal action will proceed if the Finks walk away from the club.” An unnamed police spokesman told the paper “This is massive…. This will elevate the Finks to the international stage and make them the most powerful gang in Australia…. It will also give them international links equal to the Hells Angels.”
The Mongols Motorcycle Club was founded on December 5, 1969 in Montebello, California. Within five years the club had additional chapters in Los Angeles, San Diego, Bakersfield, Long Beach, the San Gabriel Valley and the San Fernando Valley.
The Mongols MC was the target of a major ATF undercover entrapment called Operation Black Rain from 2005 through most of 2008. The subsequent racketeering prosecution attempted to seize the Mongols name and patch. Three judges ruled the attempted seizure to be unconstitutional.
As a result of the investigation, former Mongols President Ruben “Doc” Cavazos was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison. Cavazos had previously been expelled from the club.