Three former “BrickFactory” employees were indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on Tuesday on charges of murder and racketeering in the death of a young woman, authorities said.
Prosecutors said former owner Charles “Bricks” Bunch, who was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the August 2012 slaying of 24-year-old Ashley “Ashley” Brown, was the only person charged in the case.
A statement from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office read in part: “Charles Bunch was a former employee of the ‘Bricks’ Brick Factory in Salamanca.”
Bunch, 65, was indicted on federal racketeering charges after authorities said he and another “Bakers” employee were part of a scheme to steal money and property from an apartment complex and the Kingscourt apartment complex in the city of Salamara, according to the statement.
The apartment complex was owned by Bunch and his brother.
Bunch and a second “Baker” employee, Michael “Mike” Jones, were charged with conspiracy to violate the Fair Housing Act.
Jones is also facing federal racketeer charges, according the statement, which said Jones “operated a prostitution ring.”
Bricks was also charged with extortion.
The indictment said Jones was the “sole conspirator” in the scheme to defraud the apartments complex, the statement said.
Bunch “used the threat of violence against a woman who tried to stop him,” the statement read.
Authorities did not identify the woman who was killed.
The Associated Press could not immediately confirm the woman’s name because she was a witness in the indictment.
The Sacramento Bee and KABC-TV reported that the woman was named Ashley.
The Sacramento Bee reported the case is one of several in which the federal government is investigating whether the Bakers brothers were complicit in a criminal enterprise that made thousands of dollars in profits for Bunch.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.