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Case vs. Outlaws gang widens; city man listed

– Another Fort Wayne man’s name was added to a larger federal indictment charging members and affiliates of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.

Dax Shepard, 42, of Fort Wayne was arrested the evening of Oct. 25 by FBI agents, along with officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fort Wayne and Allen County police departments.

He is charged, along with nine additional defendants, in a 46-count indictment unsealed late last week in the U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

According to court documents, Shepard is charged with racketeering, specifically participating in a pair of robberies in August and September 2011. The August robbery is alleged to have occurred in northern Indiana.

In July, 42 people connected to the motorcycle gang were arrested at locations in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne on charges including drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering, witness tampering and illegal gambling.

Examples of alleged criminal activities include numerous instances in which motorcycle gang members used violence and the threat of force to collect personal debts from people in Indianapolis and elsewhere. The members are also alleged to have operated an illegal lottery scheme in Indianapolis that trafficked in thousands of dollars a day, according to a release by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The charges, which follow an investigation lasting more than a year, were filed in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.

In July, Fort Wayne resident Steve A. Reynolds, 37, a member of the Fort Wayne chapter of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, was among those arrested. He was charged with racketeering, specifically using a telephone to arrange an illegal prescription drug transaction, according to the indictment.

On Oct. 25, Joseph Hogsett, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, announced a new, larger indictment charging the nine additional individuals. The new indictment also alleged additional criminal acts.

“These new arrests reflect our dedication to completely dismantling a criminal organization that pumped a deadly mixture of drugs, violence and fraud into this city,” Hogsett said in a written statement. “These charges also serve as a reminder that if you are involved in organized crime in Indianapolis, if you assist these groups in any way, you will wake up one morning soon to the sound of federal agents at your door.”

According to Bradley A. Blackington, the senior litigation counsel who is prosecuting the case for the government, these nine additional defendants all face up to decades in prison and substantial fines if found guilty.

Included in the new indictment was Shepard. He is accused of participating in a robbery along with Kent “Flush” Whitinger, Richard DeMarco and Christian “Millhouse” Miller. Whitinger and DeMarco had been indicted in the earlier case. Miller, from Sandusky, Ohio, was charged in the new indictment.

In the September 2011 robbery, Shepard is alleged to have participated with Joshua Bowers, Reynolds and Miller, according to court documents.

Bowser has been indicted in court documents as the gang’s Indianapolis enforcer. He faces the most charges in the indictment.

According to court records, Shepard was released after a detention hearing but was restricted to his home except for work, school, religious services, medical treatment and court items. He must also submit to GPS monitoring of his location. He cannot leave the state of Indiana.

Also charged in connection with the case is an Indianapolis business owner and an Indianapolis hospital employee.

rgreen@jg.net

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