Kingsmen Member Sentenced On Rico Charge
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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Stanley Olejniczak, 53, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of RICO conspiracy, was sentenced to 96 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi and Brendan T. Cullinane, who handled the case, stated that between 2009 and 2016, the defendant was a member of the South Buffalo Chapter of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club (KMC). Olejniczak admits that during the RICO conspiracy, KMC members and associates used and/or distributed marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and other controlled substances in and around the South Buffalo Chapter Clubhouse. The defendant also admits that he possessed firearms, and that KMC members maintained access to and sold firearms.
On June 7, 2013, the defendant and other KMC members, including Olejniczak, forcibly shut down the Springville Chapter and stripped members of their colors because the Springville Chapter members remained loyal to the former KMC National President. Brandishing firearms, KMC members struck a victim in the head with a blunt object and stole items from the Springville clubhouse. Olejniczak and other KMC members used bleach to clean areas where the victim bled and cut and removed portions of the rug which contained blood.
Olejniczak is one of 20 KMC members and associates charged in this case. To date, 14 have been convicted, including National President David Pirk, who was recently convicted following a four month jury trial. Charges remain pending against six other defendants. The fact that the defendants have been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Today’s sentencing is the culmination of an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert. Assisting in the investigation: the FBI Knoxville, TN, and Jacksonville, FL Field Offices; Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; the Erie County Sheriff’s Office; the Buffalo Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New York State Police; the Olean Police Department; the Lancaster Police Department; the Amherst Police Department; the City of North Tonawanda Police Department; the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police; the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department; and the Hamburg Police Department.