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9 alleged gang members face murder, racketeering charges

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Clockwise from Top Left: William Ford, 33; Byron Brown, 28; Gabriel Bush, 34; Gregory Chester, 36; Rodney Jones, 26; Gary Chester, 35. Not Pictured: Arnold Council, 37; Paris Poe, 33; Stanley Vaughn, 36; (Ill. Dept. of Corrections) Clockwise from Top Left: William Ford, 33; Byron Brown, 28; Gabriel Bush, 34; Gregory Chester, 36; Rodney Jones, 26; Gary Chester, 35. Not Pictured: Arnold Council, 37; Paris Poe, 33; Stanley Vaughn, 36; (Ill. Dept. of Corrections)
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Nine alleged Hobos street gang members have been charged with murder and other violent crimes, the U.S. Attorney's office announced Thursday.

The indictment charges all nine with racketeering conspiracy and alleges the "Hobos Enterprise" used violence to enrich its members, promote criminal enterprise, and keep victims and witnesses in fear.

The charges are expected to be announced at a press conference Thursday afternoon by U.S. Attorney Gary Shapiro, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, and representatives of the FBI and IRS. All nine men are already in federal or state custody.

Four of the defendants are charged with fatally shooting five victims between 2006 and 2009, including Wilbert Moore, who was killed because he was cooperating with law enforcement, the statement said.

The defendants include the alleged leader of the Hobos, Gregory Chester, 36, of Richton Park. Also charged were Arnold Council, 37; Paris Poe, 33; Gabriel Bush, 34; Stanley Vaughn, 36; William Ford, 33; Gary Chester, 35; Byron Brown, 28; and Rodney Jones, 26. All are from Chicago.

"Through the work of Chicago Police officers and our gang investigators, in close partnership with the FBI, IRS, and the U.S. Attorney's office, we are able to announce federal RICO charges against nine dangerous members of the Hobos gang," McCarthy said in the statement.

"Today's announcement should serve as a warning — we do not and we will not accept violence in our communities or our neighborhoods," he said.

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