On February 22, 2012, Brian R. Dinning, an attorney, and Pure Africa, LLC filed a Civil RICO action against ten individuals alleging “a pattern of racketeering activity across State lines, and a conspiracy to engage in racketeering activity involving numerous RICO predicate acts during the past ten (10) calendar years.”
According to the Complaint filed in the Suffolk Circuit Court in Suffolk, Virginia, there are allegations substantiated by exhibits of a “negative press campaign” by Dr. W. Granville Batte of Virginia Beach, Virginia and others and allegations of threats, threats of bodily harm, harassment and threats of murder for hire against Dinning. Several of the exhibits (including an Emergency Protective Order) allege threats and harassment against Dinning and others by Dr. Allan E. Stiner of Norfolk, Virginia.
Dinning and Pure Africa allege that “The predicate acts conducted by Defendants include murder-for-hire, extortion, conspiracy, fraud, intentional interference with commerce with threats or violence, obstruction of justice and violation of state laws related to the above.”
According to Dinning and Pure Africa in the Complaint, “The primary objective of the racketeering enterprise has been to take away projects, business, money, business contractual relationships and commerce from Dinning and Pure Africa and to inflict severe and sustained economic hardship upon Dinning, with the intent of causing his death, impairing, damaging, interfering with and/or obstructing his business and business relationships.”
According to the Complaint, “These predicate acts and the racketeering enterprise by Defendants have been the direct and proximate cause of damages against Dinning, Pure Africa and others totaling in the tens of millions of dollars.”
According to the Complaint, “Defendants did conspire and act together in a coordinated manner in the commission of the predicate acts enumerated above in a coordinated enterprise to take away projects, business, money, business contractual relationships and commerce from Dinning, Pure Africa and others and to cause and to inflict severe and sustained economic hardship upon Dinning, with the intent of causing his death, impairing, damaging, interfering with and/or obstructing his business and business relationships.”
According to the Complaint, the defendants include: Danny Murrill, Debra Murrill, Jason Christopher Roper (recently suspended for three years from the practice of law for not being candid to a tribunal and filing not meritorious claims and actions and general misconduct), George Bowles, Esquire, Dr. Allan E. Stiner, Maureen “Mo” Stiner, Gerhardus Bosman, Jeff Brown, Steve Geller and Dr. W. Granville Batte.
The case also includes state law claims of intentional interference with business relationships, defamation, libel, slander and Statutory Business Conspiracy under Va. Code Section 18.2-500.
With 56 exhibits attached to the Complaint including some documentary evidence to substantiate the RICO and other claims by Dinning and Pure Africa, it certainly is a page turner.