|55 linked to motorcycle club indicted in West Virginia|
|Written by TIM HUBER/Associated Press Writer|
|Tuesday, 06 October 2009 14:52|
ÂCHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) â€” National leaders of the Pagans Motorcycle Club and more than 50 members and associates of the outlaw biker gang are accused of plotting to kill and extort rivals to consolidate the club's power, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.
The defendants include national Pagans President David Keith "Bart" Barbeito of Myersville, Md., and national Vice President Floyd B. "Jesse" Moore of St. Albans. Prosecutors said both were in custody but did not know if they had attorneys. Also named are members and associates in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Florida.
The 44-count indictment unsealed in Charleston centers on the Pagans' efforts to remain the pre-eminent biker gang in the region, said Charles Miller, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Many of the charges detail violent efforts to intimidate and extort smaller biker gangs and clubs, and illegal gambling centered on raffles for nonexistent motorcycles. Other crimes listed in the 83-page document include drug dealing and weapons violations.
"The PMC and its existing support clubs unlawfully threatened and intimidated people who wanted to start a motorcycle club in the PMC territory," the indictment says.
Two of the most serious charges involve murder conspiracies. Barbeito, Moore and others are accused of conspiring in September 2005 with a prison guard to kill an inmate suspected of cooperating with law enforcement.
Moore also is accused of ordering a member of the motorcycle gang to kill the president of a local chapter of the Avengers Motorcycle Club. Neither target was actually killed, Miller said.
The indictment also accuses Moore of ordering two Pagans known as Darrell "Mr. Nice Guy" Bumgarner and David "Kicker" Cremeans to beat a member of the Road Disciples Motorcycle Club at a Huntington bar in March 2003. Prosecutors say the men were to collect money from the rival club's president and order him to obey the Pagans or be shut down.
The indictment says Moore also sent gang members to a rival gang's clubhouse in Portsmouth, Ohio, to order the club to disband and never operate in the Pagans' territory.
Cremeans and Bumgarner did not have attorneys listed in court records, but were among 49 people in the indictment who were in custody midday Tuesday, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said. The two men are also among 28 that prosecutors want held without bail.
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