Fourteen people were indicted Monday on human trafficking, among other charges, by a Cherokee County grand jury, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced Tuesday.

The 14 defendants are accused of operating a “labor-intensive” human trafficking ring under the guise of a fake charity called Georgia Peach Youth Club of America, Inc., according to the attorney general’s office. They were indicted on 15 charges of human trafficking, racketeering, criminal street gang activity, charity fraud, and money laundering.

“We will charge gang members who try to exploit our children in order to further their criminal enterprise,” Carr said in a statement. “We will not tolerate it, and we look forward to presenting our case in court.”

The Office of the Attorney General alleges that the defendants in this case operated a human trafficking ring under the guise of a fraudulent charity, in order to fund criminal street gang activity. The alleged criminal enterprise connected with these crimes is the Nine Trey Bloods – a subset of the United Blood Nation, a well-known criminal street gang out of Los Angeles.

The indictment accuses the gang members of recruiting children from “economically disadvantaged areas” of Atlanta to sell candy and food, and solicit donations for the fake charity, promising prizes and trips. Children were sent to numerous Georgia counties, including Cherokee, according to the indictment, and some were dropped off for hours without adult supervision, and the children were never rewarded with what was promised to them.

Prosecutors presented evidence to a Cherokee County grand jury, resulting in the indictment of fourteen defendants. Specifically, the indictment charges the defendants with the following which, if convicted, can carry the respective penalties:

♦ Jamainne Charles Hall – Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 4 counts of Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 5 Counts of Money Laundering, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 186 years

♦ Miguel J. Baez — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 4 counts of Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 5 Counts of Money Laundering, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 186 years

♦ Jule W. Huston — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 5 Counts of Money Laundering, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 126 years

♦ Ronald John Crowe — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 5 Counts of Money Laundering, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 126 years

♦ Robert Peter Blackwood — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 4 counts of Violation of Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 161 years

♦ Romaine Matthew Roberts — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Kavon Keith Thompson — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Kiya A. Jefferson — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Dominique Provost — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Kiva Viola Clarke — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Isaiah Ruben Cordero — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Nathan James Jackson — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Raheem Icarus Popley Carvey — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

♦ Aaron Yusef Abdullah — Racketeering, 4 Counts of Human Trafficking, 1 Count of Charity Fraud – 101 years

Investigators and financial attorneys from the Charities Division of the Secretary of State’s office discovered last fall that alleged gang members were coercing children to go door to door asking for “donations” for an unlicensed charity, according to the secretary of state’s office.

“Using children to wheedle money from generous Georgians to finance gang activity is unforgiveable,” Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said. “I’m proud that the skills of our professional investigators sparked what became a multiagency crackdown and will mean protecting children and donors from a horrible scam.”

The secretary of state’s office referred their findings to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is now the lead investigative agency for the case.

“Top priorities for the GBI are to conduct criminal street gang, human trafficking, and crimes against children investigations,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vic Reynolds. “This case is an example of our commitment to working with the Georgia Attorney General’s Office to conduct cases that lead to successful prosecutions.”

An indictment is a formal charge of felony offenses, and defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty.

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