*** Four suspected Hells Angels members and three accountants charged with $5.5 million tax fraud in Sydney, Australia, and one investigator said the alleged crime "heralded a new era for bikie gangs" by "using professional advisers or facilitators, like accountants and lawyers, to assist them with their money laundering and financial activities."
*** Reputed Hells Angels boss charged with $2.3 million mortgage fraud in Sydney, Australia, and the police's fraud squad commander said:
The notion of your stereotypical fraud offender being dressed in a pin-striped suit and carrying a briefcase is well and truly gone. It's certainly becoming a new trend. Not just outlaw motorcycle gangs but all forms of organised criminals are currently working with people with experience in the financial sector and learning from their experience.
*** A judge in Sydney, Australia rejects police bid to declare Hells Angels a criminal organization.
*** Police investigate suspected turf war between Rock Machine and Hells Angels-affiliated Redlined Support Crew in Winnipeg, MB Canada: "these organizations are in a battle for control of the drug trade and other criminal behaviour, the city's top cop said."
*** Two RCMP cops plead guilty to a brawl with Hells Angels at a strip club in Kelowna, BC Canada: "the officers were given an absolute discharge and neither will have a criminal record."
*** Alleged boiler room operator in Vancouver, BC Canada used Hells Angels connection to promote his rock band.
*** Hells Angels in Hamilton, ON Canada get a new clubhouse.
*** Hells Angels in Toronto, ON Canada may get their seized clubhouse back from police after court declares the motorcycle club is not a criminal organization.
*** A Hells Angels member pleads guilty to drug charges in Spokane, WA.
*** An unsolved 1974 murder of a Hells Angels in Lynn, MA gets another look.
*** Police officer in Santa Clara, CA convicted for giving confidential information to a Hells Angels member in payment of a debt.
*** The LAPD targets the Chosen Few in Los Angeles, CA: "The city attorney’s office is seeking charges against nine Chosen Few members for crimes including sale of cocaine and marijuana, assault weapons violations, and gang enhancements, officials said."
*** In South Warwickshire, England a former Outlaws biker who was convicted for role in murder of a Hells Angels now fears for life from his ex-comrads after disowning the club: "The Outlaws live and die by a code of honour and it is almost unknown for any member to break away."
*** Undercover informant who infiltrated the Mongols and Hells Angels dies at 58.