Two alleged members of the Westside Gangsta Crips street gang are jailed as part of a scheme to deposit money from fraudulent credit or debit card transactions into jail accounts to fund gang members’ bonds, feed commissary accounts or provide post-release cash.
Kodie Thomas Frank Di Diego, 21, and Denise Danyette Krieger, 41, are charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act, according to arrest warrants released Friday afternoon. Diego and Krieger additionally are charged with multiple counts of identity fraud and one count of participation in criminal street gang activity.
According to the warrants:
Di Diego and Krieger allegedly made “numerous” admissions of being affiliated with the Westside Gangsta Crips, having weapons and participating in felony thefts. They also are alleged to have encouraged minors to represent themselves as gang “affiliates” or present gang-related signs or colors.
They allegedly encouraged minors and others to participate in or facilitate fraudulent transactions.
The two allegedly admitted to the crimes on recorded Bibb County jail inmate phone calls.
They conducted or profited from at least two transactions in May and June this year. Jail and financial documents confirm “regular, fraudulent financial transaction card transfers or deposits over an approximate two-month period.”
Di Diego is charged with 58 counts of identity fraud. Krieger is charged with 194 counts.
Jamie Phillip Krieger, 39, is charged with one count of identity fraud, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the warrants.
Krieger is accused of providing help or instruction to minors for transferring unauthorized financial transaction card money to jail inmates’ accounts.
The warrants don’t accuse Jamie Krieger of being a gang member, but he is accused of encouraging minor family members to commit crimes and supported the “representation” of signs, colors, acts, videos and statements relating to the Westside Gangsta Crips in the presence of minors.
Di Diego also is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the warrants.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.