Sixteen members of a motorcycle gang that has a club in North Tonawanda have been indicted on 46 counts of operating a major racketeering operation.
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The Kingsmen Motorcycle Club was raided last August by FBI agents. That raid along with an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office resulted in the indictment on Tuesday, which includes the national president, regional and chapter presidents.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says it took years to put this together and involved hundreds of interviews. Ten of those indicted are from WNY. Here is the list:
- David Pirk, 65, National President
- Timothy Enix, 56, Florida/Tennessee Regional President
- Filip Caruso, 51, New York Northern Regional President
- Ryan Mertle, 32, North Tonawanda Chapter President
- Glen Stacharczyck, 49, North Tonawanda Chapter President
- Edgar Dekay, 34, North Tonawanda Chapter President, Nomad President
- Jason Williams, 41, North Tonawanda Chapter Vice President
- Andre Jenkins, 37, Nomad
- Thomas Koszuta, 52, Nomad
- Gregory Willson, 50, Nomad
- Emmett Green, 44, Arcade/Delevan Chapter President, New York Southern Tier Regional President, New York Regional President
- Robert Osborne Jr. 37, Olean Chapter President
- Stanley Olejniczak, 51, member
- Jack Wood, 45, Arcade Chapter Sergeant at Arms
- Thomas Scanlon, 46, Olean Chapter President, Nomad, New York Regional President
- Sean McIndoo, 42, Nomad
U.S. Attorney William Hochul says beginning in 2013, certain members of the club attempted to turn it into a criminal organization.
"We simply won't allow Western New York to turn into any sort of haven for violent motorcycle groups," Hochul said.
All 16 are accused of a long list of charges, including weapons possession, cocaine and marijuana distribution charges, attempted murder and murder in aid of racketeering, and false statements before a grand jury.
One name that stands out in this list is Andre Jenkins. Jenkins was convicted of a double murder outside the North Tonawanda club on Oliver Street and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Authorities say that double murder was a catalyst in the investigation and led to Tuesday's indictment. Hochul says the Kingsmen National President ordered the hit.