The Racketeering case brought against 51 defendants associated with the American Outlaws Association in Indiana in July 2012 is almost completed.
Cases against 14 defendants remain officially open although one of those defendants, Jamie A. Bolinger was sentenced a week ago to serve 102 months in prison. After Bolinger was sentenced, United States Attorney Joseph H. Hogsett issued a press release that stated: “This office is committed to ending organized crime in Indianapolis, and Judge Walton-Pratt made clear today the serious consequences of participating in gang activity in this city. We hope these sentences send a loud message across the state: if you are peddling guns, drugs, and violence on our streets, federal law enforcement is coming for you.”
Joshua N. Bowser, Vance Canner, Bryan E. Glaze, Charles N. Ernstes, Joseph Maio, Jorge Diaz, James Stonebraker and Thomas Swan have all reached plea agreements with prosecutors that would mitigate the score of years in prison that can accompany a RICO conviction.
Christian J. Miller was found guilty at trial in September. Frank Jordan lost a trial in November. Neither man has yet been sentenced. The cases against Jorge Daniel Ledezma-Cruz and Jorge Sedeno-Callejas remain unresolved. The status of the case against Scharme L. Bollinger is unclear in the official record.
Clubhouses Remain Open
When the case began, federal officials declared their intentions to seize the AOA clubhouses in Fort Wayne and in Indianapolis. Both clubhouses remain open.
As is usual in Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations cases, virtually all of the defendants have had personal property including motorcycles seized by federal authorities.
The Department of Justice continues to try to seize the Indianapolis clubhouse. That attempt may continue for years more. The most recent hearing on that matter was last Thursday.
As usually happens, defendants were all charged twice, in initial and superseding indictments. The indictments described the “Outlaws Motorcycle Club” as an “international criminal organization.”
The government said 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).
Specific allegations included 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 ( the charge is Unlawful Use of a Communications Facility); threatening an unnamed person who may have been a confidential informant; and running an illegal lottery.