Prosecutors in Georgia say 14 people are now facing charges after allegedly recruiting kids to sell candy and other food items under the guise of a fake children’s charity in order to raise funds for “criminal street gang activity.”
The group’s fake charity, called the Georgia Peach Youth Club of America Inc., “purported to be a work and recreation program that claimed to be against gangs, gun violence, and drugs,” an indictment unsealed this week says. But the money raised through its operations was instead being funneled to the Nine Trey Bloods, a subset of the Los Angeles-based United Blood Nation gang, according to Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr.
“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 indictment, returned by a grand jury in Cherokee County, a suburban area northwest of Atlanta where prosecutors say the children were taken to knock on doors, makes no mention of how much money the children allegedly raised through the sales. – READ MORE