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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) – A judge is expected to decide soon whether to order a new trial against a Mongolian motorcycle club in Orange County that was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy in 2018.

At the heart of the decision is the question of whether the then president of the club was a confidential informant for the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

A recorded telephone conversation in June 2021 between Annie Santilan and her husband David Santilan is a key element in a federal court hearing where a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for a new trial.

David, now the club’s former president, is accused of appearing as a confidential informant for the ATF. The club’s defense is using this charge against David as part of an effort to get a new trial.

On a secret recording, David is heard talking to his wife about the expected resignation of John Chicone, the ATF’s chief agent in the case.

“After he’s finished a year and he can’t protect me, so we need to have an exit strategy,” David told his wife over the phone.

On Tuesday, Annie testified that she shared a video of the conversation via text messages with other members of the biker gang.

She told them that David was just (a confidential informant). In other words, he’s a rat. “