OUTGUNNED Hells Angels have opened their war chest, offering millions of dollars in a desperate bid to recruit members as the club tries to muscle up before the arrival of bitter international rival, the Mongols.
The Angels are offering huge financial incentives to seduce
members of rival bike clubs to patch over the to "red and white
Sources say the club has millions of dollars in cash to lure new
In 2011, the Hells Angels paid a rumoured $6 million to patch
over 60 members of the Bandidos in Sydney, including the entire
Bandidos Parramatta chapter, when it needed to boost numbers.
That translated to $100,000 for every Bandido who adopted the
flying skull logo of the Hells Angels.
The Hells Angels recognise they are "hopelessly outnumbered" on
the Gold Coast after the Mongols' underworld coup of patching
across hundreds of members of the Finks, with more than 300
reported to have committed to join the US powerhouse.
Insiders say the "vast majority" of the club is now officially
Mongol, with only the stalwart old timers refusing to hand in
their beloved Finks colours.
The official Mongol vests have been shipped from the US and will
be on the streets within days.
The patch-over has sent shockwaves through Australia's outlaw
Sources said members of other clubs are "falling over
themselves" to join the super club which authorities fear will
now dominate the landscape of Australia outlaw gangs.
"They have a frightening history in the United States," police
"We have no way of knowing if this patch-over will increase
levels of violence, or if it will be status quo.
"Will it be the same guys in new vests, or will joining the
so-called Mongol Nation bring with it increasing levels of
The US has struggled to deal with the Mongols who have been
labelled the "most violent and dangerous in the US".
With the bitter history between the two clubs, the Hells Angels
are desperately trying to buy new members.
The Hells Angels have yet to make an impact on the Coast , with
their Lemana Lane clubhouse at Burleigh Heads - the third bid by
the club to gain a toehold in the city.
The club has recruited former Paramatta-based Bandido national
Sergeant-at-Arms John Fahey to draw new recruits.
Sources say recruitment has gone into overdrive.
"They would take anyone at the moment," sources said.
"They are throwing the cash around and promising the world, as
"That's where the Angels get it wrong.
"They think they can buy loyalty."