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Texas Aryan Brotherhood General Pleads Guilty to Racketeering

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WASHINGTON--An alleged general of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas gang pleaded guilty to racketeering charged and admitted to being a member of the prison gang, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Charles Lee Roberts, aka "Jive," 67, of Beaumont, Texas, and other ABT gang members and associates agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping, and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the ABT gang, federal officials said.

Roberts and numerous ABT gang members met on a regular basis at various locations throughout Texas to report on gang-related business, collect dues, commit disciplinary assaults against fellow gang members, and discuss acts of violence against rival gang members, among other things, federal authorities stated.

Roberts faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he goes back to court.

According to the indictment, the ABT was established in the early 1980s within the Texas prison system.

The gang modeled itself after and adopted many of the precepts and writings of the Aryan Brotherhood, a California-based prison gang that was formed in the California prison system during the 1960s.

 According to the superseding indictment, previously, the ABT was primarily concerned with the protection of white inmates and white supremacy/separatism. Over time, the ABT expanded its criminal enterprise to include illegal activities for profit.

Roberts is one of 35 defendants charged with conducting racketeering activity through the ABT criminal enterprise.

Officials stated that this case is being investigated by a multi-agency task force consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; FBI; U.S. Marshals Service; Federal Bureau of Prisons; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations; Texas Rangers; Texas Department of Public Safety; Montgomery County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Texas Department of Criminal Justice-Office of Inspector General; Harris County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Atascosa County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Orange County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Waller County, Texas Sheriff's Office; Alvin, Texas Police Department; Carrollton, Texas Police Department; Mesquite, Texas Police Department; Montgomery County District Attorney's Office; and the Atascosa County District Attorney's Office.



Aryan Brotherhood Prison Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

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DALLAS -- A member of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang pleaded guilty Friday to racketeering charges, according to federal authorities.

Christopher James Morris, also known as "Rockstar," of Dallas, to one count of conspiracy to participate in racketeering, federal officials stated.

Morris and co-conspiratory Chad Ray Folmsbee, whose moniker is "Polar Bear," along with other gang members and associates agreed to commit multiple acts of murder, robbery, arson, kidnapping and narcotics trafficking on behalf of the prison gang, according to prosecutors.

Folmsbee, of Houston, has plead guilty to one count of conspiracy.

Morris and Folmsbee will be sentenced in September and are facing up to life in prison, according to officials.

The two are among 35 defendants charged with conducting racketeering while members of the Aryan Brotherhood.

The Aryan Brotherhood of Texas was established in the 1980s and modeled itself after the Aryan Brotherhood of California.

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WASHINGTON--Thirty-four alleged members of the prison-based Aryan Brotherhood of Texas (ABT) gang, including four of its most senior leaders, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Houston, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

They are charged with conspiring to participate in racketeering enterprise, state federal authorities.

Alleged members of the ABT are also charged with involvement in three murders, multiple attempted murders, kidnappings, assaults, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine.

The federal indictment was unsealed on Friday.

According to court documents, the ABT has a detailed and uniform organizational structure, with territory divided into five regions, each run by a "general." The superseding indictment charges four generals: Terry Ross Blake, 55, aka "Big Terry"; Larry Max Bryan, 51, aka "Slick"; William David Maynard, 42, aka "Baby Huey"; and Charles Lee Roberts, 68, aka "Jive," with conspiracy to participate in the racketeering activities of the ABT, among other charges.


PHILADELPHIA--Darwin D. Dieter, 53, of Kempton, Pennsylvania, allegedly stole more than $500,000 in checks that were issued by his insurance company that were intended for payment of his wife's dialysis treatments, federal officials state.

An indictment was unsealed last week in connection with a health care fraud scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Dieter, a former employee of a direct mail company located in Hamburg, Pennsylvania, kept the checks and laundered the proceeds from December 2010 to July 2011.

Dieter was arrested by Friday by the FBI, according to federal authorities.




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