Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Hells Angels online plea for legal funds tops $11K

Dean “Dinger” Bell
Hells Angel Dean “Dinger” Bell has raised more than $10,000 through an online begging campaign for his lawsuit against a Saskatchewan mining company.

The amount is well short of the $100,000 to $125,000 he and others need to fight their wrongful dismissal claim. "I hope some people will keep the support going,” Bell wrote in his plea for donations on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe, best known as a site to raise money for costly medical treatments. Bell wrote on the site that the case could affect the rights and freedoms of all bikers.

Leonard Banga
Bell and other bikers sued Xtreme Mining and Demolition for wrongful dismissal. Xtreme owner Leonard Banga said they couldn’t continue working for him because they intimidated co-workers and made threats. Allowing them back would create an unsafe workplace, he said. In an interview, Banga said the lawsuit is an extension of those tactics. “In my opinion, it’s just another form of intimidation,” he said.
“I don’t think their pockets are as deep as people say. I’m sure their funds are running low,” he said. Bell declined an interview request once he learned Banga had commented.

” … if you talking to and believing anything that idiot has to say, I have nothing to add. Have fun with that,” Bell said in an email.

Leonard Banga
August 26, 2013. Canadian mine supplier Xtreme Mining and Demolition did something that no other business has dared to try so far — the Saskatoon-based company got rid of all employees with connections to the Hells Angels biker gang.

The Hells Angels clubhouse in Saskatoon

Jesse Bitz
Three bikers fired by Leonard Banga are suing him for wrongful dismissal in Court of Queen's Bench. Former Hells Angel Jesse Bitz spent one year on probation for threatening his former boss Leonard Banga with death and bodily harm. He had been fired after he was caught sleeping on the job.

That triggered Banga to review his recruitment and hiring policies. That led him to require all employees to declare whether they were a member of a criminal organization.

Jesse Bitz