Thursday, June 30, 2016

Former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo killed in hit-and-run - Update Arrests Made

Anthony Getschel
Police in Edmonton have charged two people in the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Jimmo was fatally injured early Sunday following a verbal argument that escalated into a fight in the parking lot of a bar. Jimmo died from blunt force trauma after being run over by a vehicle.

Anthony Getschel, 23, faces several charges, including second-degree murder and criminal negligence causing death. Jordan Wagner, 21, is charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

Ryan Jimmo with his mother Linda in July 2010
Edmonton police are investigating the hit-and-run death of former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo. Investigators say Jimmo, 34, was fatally injured early Sunday morning following an altercation in a parking lot.

Police say he had approached the driver of a vehicle and was walking back to his own car when he was struck by a vehicle, which then fled the scene. Jimmo, who was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, was pronounced dead in hospital.
Jimmo went 19-5 in his MMA career, with a 3-4 record in seven UFC fights, his last fight being a loss to Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 67 in May 2015.

The native Maritimer had most recently lived in Arizona after stints in Edmonton and Halifax.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hells Angels Assassin Serge Quesnel

In November 2015 it was announced that Serge Quesnel had left prison. Serge Quesnel was freed after serving 20 years in prison for five contract killings including one in which he stabbed a man in the eyes with a pair of scissors. While inside prison Quesnel found religion. He converted to Buddhism.

He also obtained a Bachelor of Administration degree and turned police informer. The Journal de Montreal says Quesnel was paid $500,000 for information and for testifying against three members of the Hells Angels. He was moved to a half way house in 2012 and has now been given a new identity.

Richard Jobin
Quesnel committed his first murder at the age of 23. He and a friend killed small-time drug dealer Richard Jobin. Quesnel said he bashed the 44-year-old over the head and his accomplice then stabbed Jobin in the back with a kitchen knife.

The following month, Quesnel committed his second murder. He and the same friend killed Martin Naud, who knew details about the Jobin slaying. The duo ambushed Naud at his home and Quesnel stabbed him in the eye with a pair of scissors and then slit his throat.

Martin Naud

Louis "Mélou" Roy
He earned an introduction to Louis "Mélou" Roy, the head of Hells Angels Trois-Rivieres Chapter and one of the most influential bikers in Canada.

Quesnel was invited to the gang’s clubhouse, where he was asked to become a killer for the Hells Angels. At the time, a drug war raged between the Hells Angels and rival gang Rock Machine in Quebec. About 160 people were killed from 1994 until the conflict wound down in 2001. Quesnel was ecstatic. Sylvain Thiffault ordered him to kill Jacques Ferland, a PCP manufacturer who worked with the rival Rock Machine gang. Quesnel was paid $10,000 for the hit.

Sylvain "Baptiste" Thiffault
Claude "Le Pic" Rivard, was next on the hitman’s list. The gang offered Quesnel and an associate $15,000 for the murder. The duo caught up to Rivard in February 1995 and Quesnel shot him in the face as he sat in his car waiting at a red light.

In March 1995 he killed drug dealer Richard Delcourt. Quesnel came crashing down after his accomplice Michel "Pit" Caron talked to police about the Ferland and Delcourt murders. Quesnel was arrested by the Surete du Quebec in Quebec City on April 1, 1995.

Serge Quesnel
Quesnel was charged with the murders of Ferland and Delcourt. He quickly cooperated with police and more than a dozen Hells Angels members and associates, including Louis Roy were arrested. Quesnel confessed to five murders and plotting to murder 13 others. He received a life sentence, with parole after 12 years.

Quesnel testified at several trials, including that of Louis Roy and Sylvain "Baptiste" Thiffault. The two bikers were acquitted. Quesnel released a book about his underworld experiences, "I Was a Killer for the Hells Angels". It pulls no punches about the evil performed by Quesnel during his time as a contract killer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ex-wife of Hells Angels Damiano Dipopolo loses YVR security clearance

Janette Yuen Shan Wu (Jan Wu-Dipopolo) has lost her appeal for a security clearance allowing access to restricted areas at the Vancouver International Airport. The Federal Court of Canada’s chief justice has ruled the government has the right “to err on the side of public safety.”

Wu split with her husband, Damiano Dipopolo, in 2006. Two years later she started work with Airport Terminal Services. She received the required airport security clearance. In 2015, the RCMP warned Transport Canada of Wu’s circumstances.
They said Dipopolo had a “gang affiliation” and has eight criminal charges: two for assault, one for assault with a weapon, another for assault causing bodily harm, three for uttering threats and one for drug possession. Damiano Dipopolo has not been convicted of a crime.

Wu’s security clearance was yanked and she lost her job because she “may be prone or induced to commit an act, or to assist or abet an individual to commit an act, that may unlawfully interfere with civil aviation.” She appealed the decision to the Federal Court, complaining the government didn’t take into account that her only contact with Dipopolo was court-ordered — a judge granted joint custody of their two children.
The court’s chief justice ruled last week that “the security of the travelling public” trumps a person’s employment and "access to the restricted area of an airport is a privilege, not a right."

The ruling stated " ... he will continue to have regular and ongoing opportunities to intimidate her and to attempt to induce her in the manner described”

Wu may appeal the decision.

Chinese bank claims fugitive bought B.C. real estate

13097-28th Ave, Surrey
A major Chinese bank has obtained a court order in B.C. freezing the assets of a businessman accused of fleeing China and buying "luxury" Lower Mainland homes after defaulting on a $10 million loan.

In an application brought before a B.C. Supreme Court judge last week, lawyers for China CITIC Bank claim Shibiao Yan and his wife bought more than $8 million worth of properties in Surrey and Vancouver over a three-month period beginning in June 2014.
Shibiao Yan owns three multi-million dollar properties in a Vancouver suburb and resides in a C$3 million Vancouver home owned by his wife, according to court documents.

The court case comes amid speculation about the role of offshore money from wealthy Chinese in driving the out-of-control Lower Mainland real estate market. Last year, Canada's anti-money laundering watchdog FINTRAC claimed to have stepped up enforcement activities in Vancouver's real estate market
According to the lawsuit, China CITIC Bank is seeking repayment for a line of credit worth 50 million yuan, or roughly $7.5 million, taken out by a Chinese lumber company and personally guaranteed by Yan, who was the company's majority shareholder at the time.
Housing prices have jumped 30 percent in the last year.
China Citic Bank is controlled by the Citic Group, which in turn is directly controlled by the State Council, China's cabinet. It has been accused of facilitating the movement of currency overseas. "It is not an illegal business," said one source. It is reported to be a very lucrative business.
Under Chinese law, citizens are allowed to take only the equivalent of US$50,000 out of the country each year.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wages of Sin - How HA Wayne Schneider and Raphael Joseph met their Fates

Wayne Rodney Schneider
One was lured to his death off a Sydney street, the other found in a shallow grave in Thailand. Now their violent ends are being linked to their dealings in multi-million dollar international drug rackets.

Police now believe hours before he was abducted and murdered, Sydney gangster Raphael Joseph visited the ex-partner of former Sydney Hells Angel Wayne Schneider, who was abducted and murdered 18 months later.

The two were friends who had risen through gang ranks to become major international criminals, each dealing in millions of dollars of drugs.

Raphael Joseph aka Hussony
Raphael Joseph was a founding member of a vicious Assyrian crime gang DLAST HR while Schneider was a senior member of the Hells Angels before setting up a massive drug syndicate operating out of Thailand.

Joseph received a text message on March 20, 2014 before he asked a friend to drive him to a deserted stretch of road where he got into the back seat of a waiting vehicle. He said he would be back in 30 minutes. He was never seen again. Police believe he is dead and was possibly tortured to find cash or drugs.

Joseph, who was previously known as Rafi Tooma and known as “Huss” or “Hussany” to his friends, was suspected of involvement in the murder of rival Bronx Boys gang member, Dimitri Debaz. Joseph said a $100,000 contract had been placed on his life and that members of Sydney’s Bronx Boys gang wanted to kill him.

Police say Joseph, who was born in Iraq, was a highly sophisticated operator who worked at an international level to import drugs.

Dimitri Debaz

Wayne Schneider
Wayne Schneider began his career as a meth cook and later joined the Hells Angels in Sydney. In 2006 he was accused of shooting a bouncer outside a nightclub. In 2012 he relocated to Pattaya, Thailand.

Police believe that a $1.5 billion drug bust, netting two tonnes of MDMA (ecstasy) and nearly one tonne of ice, was linked to the Hells Angels, Comancheros, and that Schneider was involved. Schneider’s naked body was found on November 30 last year in a shallow grave in eastern Thailand. Schneider's bodyguard Tony Bagnato was arrested in Cambodia days after the murder. Bagnato travelled to Thailand not long after the murder of Brad Dillon.

Antonio Bagnato sits in police custody in Phnom Penh
A key Australian suspect in the murder of former Sydney Hells Angel bikie and underworld figure Wayne Schneider will be extradited from Cambodia to Thailand where he could face a death sentence if found guilty. Police arrested 26-year-old Antonio Bagnato in a raid on the cheap hotel in Phnom Penh and are holding him pending transfer to Thai authorities.
Former Victorian Comanchero president, Amad "Jay" Malkoun was interviewed by Thai authorities as a witness to the abduction.

Tyler Gerard, 21, is escorted by police in Pattaya to re-enact the kidnapping and murder of Australian Hells Angels biker Wayne Schneider

Wayne Schneider
Thai police have charged an American man with the murder of Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider. Tyler Gerald, 21, was one of the five men who abducted the Australian man from his home on Monday. Schneider has been described as a senior member of the Hells Angels.

Pattaya beach, Thailand.

Antonio Bagnato
Police in the seaside town of Pattaya, south of Bangkok, have also detained the 25-year-old female partner of Australian man, Antonio Bagnato, who is believed to have masterminded the attack.

Bagnato is also a former Sydney bikie member who has been living in Pattaya.
Blood and bullet casings, as well as paraphernalia used for making crystal meth, were found at the scene.The naked body of Schneider, 38, was found buried in a two-metre-deep grave in roadside bushes near Pattaya. His neck was reportedly broken.

Two security guards working at the housing estate told police they'd been threatened by a man with a gun and were warned to stay away. The guards then heard Mr Schneider calling for help and told police they saw five men with scarves tied across their faces bashing the 38-year-old.

American Tyler Gerard, 21, was arrested as he attempted to cross the Thai border

Truck used in Schneider's murder