Monday, August 21, 2017

HA enforcer Paris Christoforou shot

HA Paris Christoforou, left, Mark Peretz
Hells Angels enforcer Paris Christoforou was one of the targets of a failed murder attempt last week in Toronto. Christoforou suffered non-life threatening injuries after a gunman opened fire. His longtime associate Mark Peretz was seriously injured. Christoforou and Peretz made the news a dozen years ago when they were both sentenced to nine years in prison for a botched 2004 gangland hit that paralyzed Louise Russo, an innocent bystander, from the waist down.
An extraordinary deal that saw the gangsters and the attorney general agree to a restitution payment to Louise Russo of $2 million, delivered in cash — mostly $20 bills, left no doubt it was the proceeds of underworld activities. Sources say the money was definitely a factor considered by the Crown during sentencing negotiations with the defence lawyers. They agreed on a length that was at the low range for the crimes of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. In other words, the money bought the men a far shorter sentence.

That deal, say critics, demonstrated how a criminal with access to dirty money is in a different position from a criminal without.
Police believe the murder attempts are connected to a dissolving business partnership involving a member of the London, Ontario Hells Angels. That relationship crumbled over allegations that the biker skimmed proceeds from an online gambling enterprise. Sources say a string of more than a dozen unsolved violent incidents this year in the GTA is centered around a struggle for drug trafficking and online gambling revenues.
Illegal gambling has been particularly contentious since Vito Rizzuto’s death and the 2013 dismantling of Platinum Sports Book, an illegal internet-based gambling network. “Everyone’s fighting for control of the sports book,” said a GTA police source.

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