Two Pittsburgh Residents Plead Guilty To Racketeering Charges
WASHINGTON, Pa. ‑ Two residents of Pittsburgh, Pa., have pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of conspiring to conduct a racketeering enterprise, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania announced today.
Bryant Mathis, 22, and Karl Anger, 22, each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy before Senior U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond.
According to the guilty pleas, Mathis and Anger participated in an enterprise, the activities of which affected interstate and foreign commerce, through a pattern of racketeering activity. The activity consisted of multiple acts involving robbery, attempted murder, distribution of narcotic drug controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin and crack cocaine, and acts of obstruction of justice and intimidation. Mathis and Anger are two of 26 defendants charged in February 2010 with being members of, and conducting racketeering activity through, a criminal organization known as the Brighton Place/Northview Heights Crips street gang that operated on the North Side of Pittsburgh. This prosecution resulted from a Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force investigation that began in 2005.
Mathis is scheduled to be sentenced on April 6, 2011, at 10:00 AM and Anger is scheduled to be sentenced on May 19, 2011, at 10:00 AM. Mathis faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $250,000. Anger faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles A. Eberle of the Western District of Pennsylvania and Trial Attorney Kevin Rosenberg of the Criminal Division's Gang Unit.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the City of Pittsburgh Police Department, the Allegheny County Police, and the Allegheny County Sheriff's Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Mathis and Anger.