compiled by John William Tuohy
Australia: The government here is planning to seize assets of suspected drug
barons, money-launderers and people-smugglers, if proposed legislation is
passed. The bill will allow the law to freeze and then seize assets obtained
through illegal activity without first convicting or charging the suspect.
Arkansas: Eleven people were charged with staging car crashes to collect insurance money, including some suspects who used their children, some as young as 7, to help fake the crashes. The Children were allegedly used as passengers and trained to act injured after the crashes.
Bulgaria: The International Organization for Migration launched a campaign to save thousands of Bulgarian women from becoming sex slaves on the international market. Human rights groups estimate that some 10,000 Bulgarian women, many under 18, are trapped in the sex industry. Many are lured by advertising promising work as models, dancers, baby-sitters, waitresses and maids, or marriage with foreigners. Others are kidnapped and smuggled over the border. The growing involvement of Bulgarian women in prostitution is one of the results of the economic hardship that has accompanied Bulgaria's transition to a free market economy after communist rule collapsed a decade ago.
China: A national campaign by Chinese police to rescue kidnapped women and
children and arrest their kidnappers who sell them in to Asia's massive flesh
California: Two men were charged with trying to extort $250,000 from "Family Feud" host Louie Anderson by threatening to reveal that the comedian allegedly asked him for sex.
----Hollywood: Rumor has it that NBC is planning to launch a new program in the fall dealing with the FBI and the mob in Florida. Stay tuned for more.
Columbia: National Police chief General Rosso Jose Serrano, Columbia is
preparing for battle against the Russian mob whom he says are running a
heroin network out of his country. Columbia produced an estimated 520 tons
of cocaine and six tons of high-grade heroin last year, giving this South
American nation the dubious honor of being the world's leading cocaine
supplier. Police believe that Columbia is responsible for about two-thirds of
the heroin sold in the United States.
Florida: Drug traffickers, now cut off from traditional air routes, are
shipping cocaine and heroin by sea into Central America and then overland in
trucks and cars in to the United States, says General Barry McCaffrey, head
of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Japan: Police arrested three 15-year-old boys on suspicion of extorting 9 million yen in cash from a classmate and, on at least one occasion, beating him severally and breaking the boy's ribs. The police believe about 10 other boys and girls were also involved in the case and took a total of about 50 million yen from the boy. The money included 30 million yen in insurance money the boy's family received when his father died in an accident, as well as the family's savings, the police said. The boy's mother told the police she had borrowed money from her own father to give to three bullies to stop them beating her son.
----Tokyo: National trust in the once-venerated Japanese police, has sank to
its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to an opinion poll
published on Tuesday. The National Police are
battered by a recent succession of scandals and gaffes.
Louisiana: Prosecutors say that former Governor Edwin Edward's paid off large
gambling debts and big-ticket purchases with cash that came from graft,
according to evidence presented at his racketeering trial.
Massachusetts: The former business agent for Local 25 of the International
Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was charged with soliciting
and accepting illegal payments from an employer who had entered into a
collective bargaining agreement with the Local. Anthony Frizzi was charged
with soliciting and accepting illegal payments from Boston Ship Repair, Inc.
----Boston: An alleged member of the Patriarca Crime Family was sentenced to
35 years in prison on racketeering charges. Vincent Marino, AK "Gigi Portalla"
, was alleged to be involved in the struggle for control of the Patriarca
Family between 1989 and 1994.
----Boston: A Boston Police Officer assigned to the Police Department's Hackney (Taxi) Unit was sentenced for accepting over $40,000 in payments in connection with the issuance of taxi licenses. Officer David Corbin was sentenced to 1 year and 3 months' imprisonment, a $2,000 fine and 3 years of supervised release.
----Boston: Three men have been indicted on federal racketeering conspiracy,
pension fund kickback, and money laundering charges involving almost a
million dollars in commission kickbacks paid to two trustees of Chicago-based
labor union pension funds. Christopher Roach, and Richard Tringale are
charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt
Organizations Act (RICO), and with paying kickbacks to trustees of employee
Mexico: Mexican authorities said they had arrested and deported an Italian alleged to be a Sicilian Mafia boss who masterminded the 1990 murder of an Italian judge. Giuseppe Montanti, was deported to Rome after his arrest this month in the Pacific resort town of Acapulco. Montanti is believed to be the leader of the Sicilian crime organization known as "Stidda" or, the star, which is based in Agrigento, Sicily, and was hiding in Acapulco for six years as a fugitive from Italian justice for allegedly ordering the assassination of Judge Rosario Livantino. Livantino was machine gunned t death in 1990 after his car was ambushed by at least six gunmen as he drove to work in Agrigento. The Stidda is a rival to the island's Mafia and has fought the Mafia for control of drugs trafficking.
----Mexico City: The three Mexican federal drug agents found dead last week
were tortured and then had their skulls crushed by a 3-1/2 ton truck. Mexican
federal officials dismissed local police reports from the wild border city of
Tijuana that the agents had died in a car crash.
The three agents were found dead in early April, at the bottom of a ravine
70 miles east of Tijuana'
Minnesota: Angel Hernandez, an alleged former gang leader has been sentenced to college as a means to keep him out of trouble. Hernandez was convicted in January of attempted theft, assault and making terroristic threats as a member of the Latin Kings, and faced a 30-month prison sentence. County District Court Judge Donald Spilseth, against the wishes of prosecutors ruled that jailing the alleged 19 year old gangster would do nothing to reform him, so Hernandez, who is on five-year probation, is applying to the University of Minnesota. He's also ordered to perform community service, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and get a job.
Missouri: Six members of a Minneapolis family were sentenced to prison this month for running a multi-state prostitution ring. The men were sentenced on guilty pleas to federal charges of conspiring to transport individuals in interstate commerce with the intent of having them engage in prostitution. They were also convicted of interstate prostitution, conspiracy and money laundering and face maximum sentences ranging from 45 to 125 years. A three year investigation turned up more than 50 women and girls as young as 14 working as prostitutes in 24 states and Canada.
-----Kansas City: Former Kansas City Chiefs running back Bam Morris was
jailed on charges that he and two other suspects conspired to distribute at
least 220 pounds of marijuana.
New York: A United States Army officer who headed American anti-drug efforts
in Colombia pleaded guilty this month to concealing knowledge of the fact
that his wife was laundering drug money while they lived in Bogota. Colonel
James Hiett faces a maximum three years in prison and $250,000 fine when he
is sentenced in June.
----Manhatten: Meyers Pollock and Robbins, the now defunct stock
brokerage allegedly involved with members of the Genovese and Bonanno crime
family in a scheme to manipulate stock prices, and its former president,
Michael Ploshnick, have been indicted on securities fraud charges.
Oman: In a recent meeting between Gulf Arab nations it was agreed that the focus between them should be on fighting crimes such as drug trafficking and smuggling.
Pennsylvania: The Philadelphia cell where Al Capone spent eight months will
be restored and opened to the public during the 2000 tour season at the
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia. Criminologist
Norman Johnston will spend the night of May 4, in the cell, as part of the
opening ceremony for the new tour season.
Mr. Tuohy can be reached at MobStudy@aol.com
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