- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California motorcycle club has fought off a government bid to take its logo.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune (https://bit.ly/1JeakaB ) says a federal judge this week dismissed an indictment filed by federal prosecutors that sought to seize control of the Mongols Motorcycle Club logo.

The 2013 indictment argued that the logo - a sketch of a chopper-riding Mongol that appears on club patches - was subject to forfeiture under the U.S. Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

On Wednesday, a judge in Orange County granted a defense motion for dismissal.

U.S. attorney’s office spokesman Thom Mrozek says prosecutors will consider an appeal.



The indictment followed another federal case in which 79 Mongols in several states pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

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Information from: San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

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