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Three motorcycle gang members indicted for insurance fraud

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Updated: 8/09/2013 4:24 pm
LAS VEGAS – The Nevada Attorney General's office announced the indictment of three members of a motorcycle club who are charged with insurance fraud.

According to the indictment, the three defendents committed to promote activities of a criminal gang, theft committed to promote activities of a criminal gang and conspiracy.

Defendants include:
  • Michael Joseph Hughes, 40, of Las Vegas, aka “Tomahawk”
  • Steven Martin Shaw, 39, of Las Vegas, aka “Tank”
  • Chad Gary Kruger, 46, of Henderson, aka “Half-Breed”
Defendants Hughes, Shaw and Kruger are alleged in the indictment to have conspired to have a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle belonging to Hughes disappear so he could report it stolen.

On October 24, 2012 Shaw and Kruger approached an undercover police officer and asked if he would be willing to help them conceal the motorcycle.

When the officer agreed to help Shaw and Kruger drove the motorcycle to the undercover officer’s house on the night of October 25, 2012. Hughes reported the motorcycle stolen to Progressive Insurance Company that same night.

When the vehicle was not recovered Hughes collected a settlement in the amount of $6,687.12 for the motorcycle. The three defendants conspired to commit the crime so that Hughes could purchase a Harley Davidson Motorcycle from Kruger.

Note: An earlier reported stated that Hughes, Shaw and Kruger were members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club. According to Hughes' attorney, none of the defendents have ever been members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club.

-- News release


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