Former Indian CEO Pleads Guilty In Racketeering Case

justice4Former 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)

7 Responses to “Former Indian CEO Pleads Guilty In Racketeering Case”

  1. 1 BD Jul 17th, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Plea bargained this and he will sing like a canary now!!!!

  2. 2 Bobfather Jul 17th, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Sorry, this was a pretty well known fact. The only mystery is how it took so long for the Feds to catch up to it all and why he’s only going to do 6 months.

  3. 3 Brandon Jul 17th, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Bobfather. Because he did a plea bargain and now is going to collaborate with the FED to report all his friends!

  4. 4 raycwheeler Jul 17th, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Rey Sotelo….

    While your rattin your former best friends out , please divulge any information you might have pertaining to a one off 159 in. , dual chain drive bike that disappeared from Citrus Heights after the Sacramento Fun Drags .

    A reward is offered for any information that results in the recovery of any piece of the bike .


  5. 5 Fred P. Jul 17th, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    What happened to the days of walking into a family operated business, buying what you needed, paying an honest price for it, knowing you needed to support your dealer, did some small talk with the owners, and felt like you were helping each other out? Honest, dedicated work-a- holics. Where did you go?

  6. 6 Rodent Jul 18th, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Everybody is rolling over these days

  7. 7 capnmojo Jul 18th, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Snitches belong in ditches.

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