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Hell’s Angels and others indicted in Rochester racketeering case

Three members of the Rochester Hell’s Angels have been indicted by a federal grand jury on various racketeering-related assault charges.

Robert W. “Bugsy” Moran Jr., 59; James Henry “Mitch” McAuley Jr., 62; and Gina Tata, 47, are charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity. Moran and Tata are also charged with conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering activity.

In addition, the indictment charges Tata; Rochester Hell’s Angels member Richard E. “Eric”Riedman, 37; and Timothy M. Stone, 31, with being accessories after the fact to the assault and conspiracy.

Assault with a dangerous weapon charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Conspiracy carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. The accessory charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $125,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett A. Harvey said the indictment identifies the Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Club in Rochester as a criminal organization whose members functioned as a continuing unit for the common purpose of facilitating criminal activity, including acts involving narcotics trafficking and murder. It alleges that members of the Rochester Hells Angels claim to control certain territory up to Syracuse and allegedly use violence for a number of illicit purposes, including those who did not show proper respect to the organization.

The indictment describes McAuley as a vice president; Moran, sergeant at arms and vice president; and Tata, an associate of the criminal enterprise. Moran is accused of beating someone with a baseball bat who allegedly threatened the club.       

The indictment also alleges that Tata, Riedman and Stone helped Moran and McAuley avoid apprehension by law enforcement authorities after the assault occurred.

Moran, Tata, Riedman and Stone were to be arraigned in federal court. McAuley is in federal prison after being convicted on other charges in the Northern District of New York and will be arraigned at a later date.

“The country’s federal racketeering statutes were specifically designed to help combat acts of violence committed by members of a criminal organization,” said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. “This Office stands ready to utilize these statutes – and aid our local law enforcement partners – whenever circumstances warrant.”  

The investigation was conducted by special FBI agents under the direction of Acting Special-Agent-In-Charge Richard W. Kollmar; New York State Police, directed by Maj. Matthew Renneman; and the Rochester Police Department, under Chief James Sheppard.

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