3 Vagos motorcycle gang members facing insurance fraud charges
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Three members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club have been indicted for reporting a motorcycle stolen and collecting the insurance money.
The indictment was announced by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
The defendants are Michael Joseph Hughes (aka "Tomahawk"), 40, of Las Vegas; Steven Martin Shaw (aka "Tank"), 39, of Las Vegas; and Chad Gary Kruger (aka "Half-Breed"), 46, of Henderson.
The defendants are alleged to have conspired to have a 2006 Suzuki motorcycle that belonged to Hughes disappear so that he could report it stolen.
On Oct. 24, 2012, Shaw and Kruger approached an undercover police officer and asked for his help in concealing the bike.
On Oct. 25, 2012, the two men took the motorcycle to the police officer's house.
That same night, Hughes reported the bike stolen to his insurance company. When the vehicle was not recovered, he collected a settlement in the amount of $6,687.12.
Hughes used the money to purchase a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Kruger so that he could join the Green Machine Outlaw Motorcycle gang, which is supported by the Vagos motorcycle club.
The indictments of the three men were part of an investigation that involved the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department called "Operation Pure Luck."
The operation got its name because of an "unexpected opportunity" that allowed local and federal agents to infiltrate the Vagos Motorcycle Club.
The operation began in 2009 and was first announced by LVMPD on June 26, 2013 after the arrest of 25 people.
A total of 32 individuals have been charged because of the operation so far.
The three men are charged with insurance fraud to promote activities of a criminal gang, theft to promote activities of a criminal gang, and conspiracy.
Hughes is also facing charges in federal court for drug trafficking.