Sixteen Members And Associates Of The Yung Money/Yung Gunz Bloods Street Gang Charged With Conspiracy To Transport Stolen Vehicles Across State Lines And Wire Fraud
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sixteen members and associates of the Yung Money/Yung Gunz Bloods street gang have been indicted with conspiracy to commit transportation of stolen vehicles and wire fraud, transportation of stolen vehicles, sale or receipt of stolen vehicles, and wire fraud, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Steven W. Myhre for the District of Nevada.
The 13-count indictment was returned by a grand jury in Las Vegas on June 14, 2017, and unsealed today. State and Federal law enforcement officials arrested individuals in Houston and Atlanta. The 16 defendants charged in the indictment are Channing Williams, a/k/a “Bhano,” 27, of Missouri City, Texas; Everly James, 27, of Houston, Texas; Korregan Washington, 28, of Houston, Texas; Keenan St. Hillaire, 26, of Missouri City, Texas; Maurice Lewis, a/k/a “Lew,” 22, of Missouri City, Texas; Kaleb Louis, a/k/a “Kay Lou,” 23, of Missouri City, Texas; Cody Williams-Jackson, a/k/a “Codeen,” 18, of Missouri, Texas; Torren James, a/k/a “Tee James,” 25, of Houston, Texas; Dominique Washington, a/k/a “D. Wash,” 24, of Missouri City, Texas; Demani Dancy, 21, of Houston, Texas; Trevionne Williams, 21, of Houston, Texas; Casey Walters Jr., 25, of Houston, Texas; Keith Bell, a/k/a “Daze,” 24, of Missouri City, Texas; Denzel Campbell, 26, of Houston, Texas; Trevaughn James, a/k/a “Lil Tre,” 21, of Missouri City, Texas; and Daniel Wilson, 24, of Missouri City, Texas.
The indictment alleges that, from July 2015 to about April 2017, the defendants conspired to fraudulently rent vehicles, then steal, transport, and sell the vehicles for profit, often at well-below the actual value of the vehicle. As alleged, they created and used fraudulent personal identification documents to open bank accounts and debit cards which they used to rent vehicles from car rental companies. The defendants are alleged to have stolen vehicles in Nevada, California, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, and Florida, and transported some of the vehicles across state lines to sell them to unsuspecting victims. As alleged in the indictment, to further the scheme, the defendants produced fraudulent car titles and other documents to deceive buyers who were required to pay cash for the vehicle; the defendants placed advertisements to sell the stolen vehicles on websites such as Craigslist and OfferUp; and they used social media to communicate with each other and to brag about their criminal activities. The total approximate value of the stolen vehicles was $1,046,179.
The indictment also alleges that, on Nov. 15, 2016, Channing Williams and Lewis, transported a stolen Ford F-150 from California to Nevada, then sold the vehicle in Nevada and that, on Nov. 21, 2016, Channing Williams, Lewis, and Torren James transported a stolen Ford Expedition from California to Nevada then sold the vehicle in Nevada. The indictment further alleges that Channing Williams, Lewis, Williams-Jackson, Torren James, Washington, Dancy, Trevionne Williams, Walters, Bell, and Trevaughn James used fraudulent identifications to open bank accounts, to obtain debit cards, to rent vehicles, and to sell the stolen vehicles.
The defendants face a statutory maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison for conspiracy to commit transportation of stolen vehicles and wire fraud; a maximum penalty of 10 years each for transportation of stolen vehicles and sale or receipt of stolen vehicles; and a maximum penalty of 20 years for wire fraud. The defendants also face a period of supervised release, forfeiture, and monetary penalties.
The case is being investigated by the FBI Las Vegas Division, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and the Houston Police Department with assistance from the FBI’s Houston and Atlanta Divisions. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kilby Macfadden and Cristina D. Silva.
The charges contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.