Prosecutors say a criminal street gang known as the Korean Night Breeders approached owners of restaurants and taxi businesses in the Annandale area, and threatened them with violence unless they paid protection money.
Han Sa Yu, 43, and Je Hyung Yoo, 29, are both facing charges for extortion. Each offense carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison.
The indictment charges that gang members attacked a taxi driver and demanded money. Another victim was threatened with violence after being accused of calling the police about threats.
Victims allegedly paid between $200 and $1,000 at a time, and received threatening reminders each time another payment was due.