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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 15, 2021

Sixteen Members Of A White Supremacist Gang Indicted For Violent Crimes In Aid Of Racketeering

Tampa, Florida – Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the unsealing of an indictment charging 16 individuals with violent crimes in aid of racketeering. The names of the individuals, their charges, and their potential penalties appear in the chart below.

According to the indictment, the defendants were members of Unforgiven, a racketeering enterprise engaged in acts of murder, violence, kidnapping, robbery, obstruction of justice, and other offenses. The indictment also alleges that Unforgiven used “corrupt law enforcement officers and state employees” to gather information about people, investigations, and prosecutions, and to smuggle contraband to incarcerated inmates. The indictment charges each of the 16 defendants with committing at least one violent act in aid of Unforgiven, including kidnappings, conspiracies to commit assault, threats of violence, and assaults with deadly weapons.

One charge accuses David Howell of assaulting protestors with a dangerous weapon at a Peace Walk for Black Lives held on June 5, 2020.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the St. Petersburg Police Department, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Natalie Hirt Adams.  

This investigation is the result of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

 

 

Defendant (Age)

Charges

Maximum Penalties

Maverick Maher, a/k/a Saxon

(39)

Pensacola

 

Count Two: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Six: Threats of Violence in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(4) and 2 Maximum term of 5 years in prison; 3 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Seven: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Eight: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6)

Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Nine: Threats of Violence in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(4) Maximum term of 5 years in prison; 3 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

Joshua Fisher, a/k/a Hammer

(27)

Brooksville

Count Two: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Three: Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(1) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Five: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Seven: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6)

Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Levi Sharp, a/k/a Sketch

(38)

Satsuma

Count Two: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Three: Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(1) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

George Andrews, II, a/k/a Shrek

(51)

Pensacola

Count Two: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2

Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

James Mapoles, a/k/a Matt Mapoles a/k/a Matt Criston

(40)

Panama City

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6)

Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Six: Threats of Violence in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(4) and 2 Maximum term of 5 years in prison; 3 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Seven: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6)

Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Eight: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

David Howell

(35)

Loxahatchee

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Eight: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Twelve: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2

Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Ryann Howard, a/k/a/ Auto

(39)

Orange Park

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Eight: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

Ryan McLaughlin, a/k/a Pretty Boy

(35)

Jacksonville

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Five: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

Darrin Terranova, a/k/a Nova

(51)

Beverly Hills

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Brandon Welch, a/k/a Scumbag

(34)

Milton, Florida

Count One: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2

 

  • Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

 

 

Joshua Williamson, a/k/a Chain Gang

36)

Live Oak

Count One: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2

 

  • Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

 

Steve Anderson

(28)

Bristol

 

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Seven: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6)

Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

 

Joshua Hall, a/k/a K9

(42)

Wildwood

Count Ten: Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(1) and 2

Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

Count Eleven: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2

Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

 

Jarrett Arnold, a/k/a Jit

(31)

Zephyrhills

Count Ten: Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(1) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Eleven: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

Scott Marshall, a/k/a Solo

(45)

Port Richey

Count Ten: Kidnapping in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(1) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
Count Eleven: Assault in Aid of Racketeering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1959(a)(3) and 2 Maximum term of 20 years in prison; 5 years of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine
 

William Walker, a/k/a The Duke

(38)

Jacksonville

Count Four: Conspiracy to Commit Assault in Aid of Racketeering Activity, 18 U.S.C. § 1959(a)(6) Maximum term of 3 years in prison; 1 year of supervised release; and a $250,000 fine

 

 

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Updated July 15, 2021