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For more than two decades, federal law enforcement has persecuted the Mongols, a notorious motorcycle club whose members have a long history of murder, assault, drug trafficking and robbery.

In 2018, the government won a kind of victory. Prosecutors have convinced jurors in California that the crimes were not only the result of the misconduct of individual bikers, but also the work of an organized criminal campaign involved in the chaos campaign. The club was obliged to pay a fine of $ 500,000, which prosecutors expected would be the initial payment for the termination of its activities.

But the group, which was once the most powerful biker organization in the West besides its bishops, the Hells Angels, is returning to court next week, hoping to overturn sentences for racketeering and conspiracy based on what it says is new evidence of its previous leader David Santillano. Now the Mongols claim that throughout their attempt to protect the club in a lengthy criminal case their own leader has been in secret talks with the government.

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A petition for a new trial and reversal of the $ 5 million fine, originally scheduled for Monday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, alleges that 52-year-old Mr. Santilan has been secretly cooperating for years. with a special agent from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In return, according to the club in its petition, the agent appears to have relieved Mr Santillano of serious legal consequences for several offenses since 2011.

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