Sunday, September 30, 2018

The SIM swap fraud

SIM swap fraud is a relatively new, sophisticated form of fraud that allows hackers to gain access to bank accounts, credit card numbers, and other personal data.

A cellphone SIM card stores user data in GSM phones. They’re used for authentication — without a SIM card, GSM phones can't tap into a mobile network. A reliance on phone-based authentication has made SIM swapping an increasingly lucrative crime.
SIM criminals case their targets carefully before an attack. They call the victim’s cellphone provider and claim the SIM card has been lost or damaged. Then they ask customer service to activate a SIM card or number in their possession. With unfettered access to a victim’s phone number, criminals then target bank accounts and credit cards. The crime has more than tripled in the US since 2013.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Downey, California traffic stop yields 37 pounds meth, 1 kg heroin

A routine traffic stop in Downey turned into a major meth bust last week. Upon contacting the driver, the cop saw narcotics in the vehicle. 37 pounds of meth and a kilo of black tar heroin were found.

HA connected Sebastien Vena whacked in Laval - Update II

Sebastien Vena was initially hit and ran to take refuge inside the Fusion restaurant. But his killer followed and finished his victim with a bullet in the head, before leaving quietly. An eye witness to the assassination describes the shooter as calm and cool. "The killer came real quiet, real slow. The guy tried to move, but bang bang, four times, with a gun with a silencer. It was a hit, professional. Then he went out," the man said. "He looked at me but I could not recognize him. He was wearing a mask, a black balaclava. And that's it. He went out, he walked the other way. Walk in, walk out... this guy, it is not his first kill."

Vena was said to be involved in drug trafficking with the Hells Angels, in the territory of Abitibi. Sources say he was closely connected to the Sherbrooke Hells Angels.
Sebastien Vena
The Sureté du Quebec is investigating an assassination in Laval. A gunman fired at a patron in the Fusion restaurant on Levesque Blvd., then fled. 46-year-old Sebastien Vena was taken to hospital where he died. Vena had convictions for attempted murder, assault, and trafficking. He had ties to the Hells Angels in Mascouche and Sherbrooke.

Larry Amero, Dean Wiwchar and Rabih Alkhalil

Larry AmeroHA Larry Amero is accused of conspiracy in the 2012 gangland hits of Sandip Duhre and Sukh Dhak. Amero, Dean Wiwchar, and Rabih Alkhalil will appear in court on Oct. 19.
Dean Wiwchar - former hitman

Half tonne of Cocaine seized in Solomon Islands

Two men have been charged in Sydney, and about 500 kilograms of cocaine seized in the Solomon Islands in an international probe. A joint investigation ended when 500kg of cocaine - a magnitude not seen before by the South Pacific nation, was discovered inside the hull of a Belgian-registered, 44-foot double-masted yacht moored in Honiara.
Zhen Tao Qi, 41, from Wahroonga is a senior syndicate figure, if not the head. Zheng Zhao, 39, is also facing charges. Qi and Zhao were refused bail. They are due back in court on Nov 28.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

HA rat Noel Harder facing weapons charges in Saskatoon

Wicked Hells Angels rat Noel Harder was arrested late Tuesday after police received reports of a man in an SUV armed with a gun. Police said Harder had a loaded handgun, along with other weapons. Harder was placed in the federal witness protection program, but was kicked out for violating the terms of his agreement with the RCMP. Prosecutors oppose his release. Harder ratted out a multitude of gangsters in Saskatoon.
Harder, 39, has been charged with 26 weapons-related offences, including possession of fentanyl and breach of probation.

See ----->Fallen Saints MC Boss Mark Nowakowski pulls 15 months
See ----->Noel Harder - HA Rat

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Witness to high level Soviet corruption killed

Badri Shengelia, 53, a key witness in a bribery case that has brought down several of Moscow’s senior crime-fighting officials has been shot dead in his car outside St. Petersburg.

He testified in court last February that he had paid Mikhail Maximenko, the head of security at Moscow’s Investigative Committee, $50,000 in 2015 to launch a criminal probe. Maximenko was sentenced to 13 years in 2018 for receiving a $500,000 bribe from a notorious mob boss.
Denis Nikandrov, deputy head of the Moscow branch of the Investigative CommitteeThe $500,000 bribery case implicated the former deputy head of Moscow's Investigative Committee, Denis Nikandrov, who was handed a jail sentence of 5.5 years in the case last month and his retired ex-boss Alexander Drymanov, who was arrested on the same charges this summer. Alexander Drymanov

Entire Acapulco Police force disbanded

Marines escort Max Lorenzo Sedano after they took control in Acapulco.Authorities in southern Mexico disarmed and placed under investigation the entire police force in Acapulco, claiming the cops were infiltrated by cartels. Officials in Guerrero state issued arrest warrants for two top Acapulco police commanders, accusing them of homicide. Law enforcement duties in the city of 800,000 will be taken over by soldiers.
Last year Acapulco had a homicide rate of 103 per 100,000, one of the highest in Mexico and the world. In Guerrero, local police have been disarmed in more than a dozen towns and cities since 2014. In the northern state of Tamaulipas, almost all local police forces have been disbanded since 2011. Local police were under cartel control to such an extent they would kidnap people and turn them over to drug gang hit men.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tailgating driver had 32.4 pounds of cocaine - K9 sinks him

New York man Stanford Wylie, 50, of Brooklyn had 32.4 pounds of cocaine in his SUV when he was stopped on the Indiana Toll Road. Police said Wylie was tailgating an eastbound semi, just one car length behind the truck. He might have been given a warning and been on his way, except he looked nervous. A dog was called and cocaine was found inside a suitcase.

He could face 10 to 30 years if convicted of the charge.

Rapper 'Columbia BT' Busted for Cocaine Trafficking

Atlanta rapper 'Columbia BT', 42-year-old Tommie Walker, was indicted on federal drug trafficking charges. Juan Carlos Garcia-Martinez and Samuel Anchondo-Galaviz were also arraigned on charges of drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Cops confiscated $220,000 in cash and 135 kg of cocaine. The drugs are said to be worth $4m.

Hells Angels poker run in Kelowna hits speed bump - Update

It is being reported that the leader of the procession refused to obey police and proceed through a green light. This caused a traffic jam. The biker was issued a ticket for the offense.
Traditionally, the leader of the pack would be the president of the local chapter and that is Damiano Dipopolo. One hopes he pays his ticket promptly.
Dozens of Hells Angels and associates were pulled over by police on Kelowna's Glenmore Road Saturday, not long after the riders left the Kelowna Hells Angel's clubhouse on their annual Poker Run. Cops were apparently confused over the route.

"An RCMP traffic unit initiated a traffic stop with the lead bikers to address the situation."
The gang's Kelowna clubhouse, while still in use, is the subject of an ongoing BC Civil Forfeiture trial. It has dragged on for a decade and is scheduled to resume in December. There have been several police raids on the property over the past few years.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Turkey targets Necati 'Neco' Arabaci - Update

One of the most powerful and dangerous rockers in Europe is again on the loose: Hell's Angels Necati 'Neco' Arabaci (46) was released last Friday after three months in a Turkish jail. Turkish police detained 37 this spring.

Known as Neco, he was deported to Turkey in 2007 from Germany. Operations targeted accomplices of Arabacı, who once headed Hells Angels in Germany.
Police seized AK-47 rifles, pistols, bulletproof vests and drugs. Arabacı was accused of crimes from human smuggling to drugs, assault and extortion.
In 2015, Spanish authorities issued a warrant for Arabaci's arrest, valid throughout the EU.
He is accused of membership in a criminal organization, extortion, drug trafficking and involvement in brothels in Spain. Turkey does not extradite it's citizens.
See ----->Aygün Mucuk, President of Germany Hells Angels murdered

Sunday, September 23, 2018

3 men charged in $364m Ponzi scheme


Kevin B. Merrill
Kevin B. Merrill, 53, Jay B. Ledford, 54, and Cameron Jeziersky, 28, have been nailed in the case and are accused of using a web of lies, forgeries and fake documents to carry out a massive fraud since 2013, using the money to fund lavish lifestyles, including dozens of luxury cars, jewelry, high-end real estate and gambling in Vegas.

About $197 million of the money was used to pay earlier investors. The three falsely told investors they would use the money to invest in consumer debt portfolios, generating profit by collecting on the payments people made on their debt or by selling the portfolios. It was all rubbish.

Jay B. Ledford

Cameron Jeziersky
"We allege defendants engaged in a brazen fraud, deceiving investors to perpetuate their wrongdoing and line their pockets with ill-gotten gains."
The indictment seeks the forfeit of nine luxury properties, 26 supercars, one boat, an aircraft, a life insurance policy, diamond rings, and jewelry.

If convicted on all charges, Merrill and Ledford each face up to 262 years in prison. Jazierski could face up to 120 years in prison. Merrill and Ledford were ordered detained. Jezierski was released under the supervision of U.S. Pretrial Services.