Former Indian Motorcycle CEO (Gilroy era) Rey Sotelo pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal racketeering case, according to lawyers involved. Sotelo, 52, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in stolen motorcycle parts, a charge he brushed off last summer when a federal indictment accused him of helping a central California chop shop send a stolen Harley-Davidson to Sweden without the government’s permission. Sotelo allegedly helped counterfeit the bike’s official papers.
Sotelo was arrested along with about a dozen other men in July 2008, after federal investigators completed a multiyear probe into Road Dog Cycle in Denair, CA. Authorities say Holloway presided over a criminal enterprise at Road Dog for more than a decade. Investigators say Holloway ran a chop shop and used threats of violence to collect debts. Sotelo faces a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. His attorney says he expects Sotelo to serve six months or less of home detention (Via Gilroy Dispatch)