Tuesday, September 28, 2021

R. Kelly going away for a RICO long time

Chicago singer R. Kelly has something in common with mob bosses, leaders of the Hells Angels and El Chapo: he is a convicted RICO racketeer. Federal prosecutors invoked the RICO Act and R. Kelly is now facing decades in prison.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

HA boss Joseph Lancia rejects plea deal

Joseph Lancia, 30, president of the Rhode Island chapter of the Hells Angels, rejected a plea deal from prosecutors that would have sent him to prison for five years. Lancia is facing nine criminal counts from two incidents. The main case against him came from a June 2019 incident when Lancia fired a gun at a truck driven by former prospect Richard Starnino. Cops have video surveillance of Lancia shooting at the truck. Smart guy Lancia could face more than 61 years in prison if he's found guilty of all counts at trial.
See ---->HA Joseph Lancia can't 'keep the peace'

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Vomit the Pasta

'Jittari i virmiceddi' is old Sicilian Mafia slang that translates as “vomit the pasta,” meaning someone who reveals secrets.

Dennis Watchmaker has a bad day

Smokey Lake RCMP arrested and charged Dennis Watchmaker, 56, from Kehewin Cree Nation with a laundry list of charges after a man did a home B&E, breaking windows to gain entry. A release hearing was held and Watchmaker was released on conditions, despite also having outstanding warrants. By 9:00pm he was busted for B&E again. This time around he was "breaking windows and doors in an attempt to gain entry. Two adults and three children were in the residence at the time of the incident."
He was remanded in custody.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

US whips em, whips em good

Scenes Sunday along the Rio Grande were sickening as horse-mounted Border Patrol agents attempted to whip migrants and used their animals to push them back toward Mexico. One agent is heard on video shouting an obscenity as a child jumps out of his horse’s path.
"Whip It" is a song by Devo from their third album Freedom of Choice (1980). The apparently nonsensical lyrics have a common theme revolving around the ability to deal with one's problems by "whipping it".

Cocaine Eyes

Various drugs affect the appearance of your eyes. Dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes are among the common effects of cocaine use. Cocaine makes your eyes appear bloodshot and watery. Cocaine causes blood vessels to constrict, which increases blood pressure. This results in bloodshot eyes. Coke-related bloodshot eyes can last anywhere from a few hours to several days after use. Frequent or long-term use of cocaine can contribute to a range of health conditions that affect eyesight. Cycloplegia, for one, causes trouble focusing on objects.

Monday, September 20, 2021

The cop car John Dillinger stole

The 1933 Ford V8 stolen by John Dillinger on March 3, 1934, from Lake County Sheriff Lillian Holley returned home to Crown Point for the first time in 87 years this spring. Dillinger escaped from the jail, taking guards hostage with a wooden gun, stealing two submachine guns and then the car to make his escape.

By taking the stolen car across state lines, Dillinger committed a federal offense, and the FBI began it's own manhunt.
The car was abandoned in Chicago. “If I ever see John Dillinger, I’ll shoot him dead with my own pistol,” Holley told Time Magazine. Holley died June 15, 1994, at the age of 103.
See ----->John Dillinger killed 87 years ago

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo - The Real Tony Soprano

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" PalermoVincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, 77, was a former de facto boss of the New Jersey DeCavalcante crime family who became a government witness. Fictional mob boss Tony Soprano is based upon Palermo. In the early 1960s, Vincent Palermo married the niece of mob boss Sam DeCavalcante. DeCavalcante invited him to his social club in New Jersey. He worked at the fish markets in the morning hours and socialized with mobsters on afternoons. James Gandolfini - Sopranos

Local authorities uncovered the scheme and investigated Weiss, and the two mob families worried. Gambino boss John Gotti requested the DeCavalcante family murder Weiss.
On September 11, 1989, Palermo, Anthony Capo, and James "Jimmy" Gallo murdered Fred Weiss, on orders from boss Giovanni "John the Eagle" Riggi. Weiss was associated with mobsters from both the DeCavalcante family and the Gambinos. Weiss and his partners purchased a property in Staten Island and illegally dumped large amounts of dangerous medical waste there.
Mob Boss Giovanni Riggi during the trial of the 1989 slaying of Weiss.

John D'Amato
Palermo was 'made' and shortly after was appointed caporegime. Riggi was sent to prison in 1989, and he appointed John "Johnny Boy" D'Amato as his acting boss. D'Amato's girlfriend alleged that he was bisexual. Riggi ordered Palermo and Anthony Capo to murder D'Amato in order to avoid embarrassment to the DeCavalcante family. In early 1992, D'Amato disappeared. His body was never found. By the mid-90s, Vinny Palermo was the de facto boss of the family, paralleling Tony Soprano in the Sopranos.'Vito Spatafore' - Sopranos

After testifying Vincent Palermo entered the federal Witness Protection Program.
In 1998, the FBI recruited Ralph Guarino as a mob informant who devastated the DeCavalcante family. The agency gave him cell phones rigged with surveillance equipment to distribute to other family members. In October 1998, Vincent Palermo's trusted lieutenant Joseph Masella was shot to death, leaving an opening in the family. Guarino was promoted to made man. Palermo became a government witness. He confessed to killing Weiss and mobster Louis LaRasso and to planning the murders of John D'Amato, Joseph Masella, Charles Majuri, Frank D'Amato, and Tom Salvata. He also implicated other DeCavalcante family members.
In 1999, the FBI moved in on the DeCavalcante family.

Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo
On September 14, 2009, the New York Daily News exposed Vinny Ocean's new life in witness protection as a strip club operator in Houston, Texas. The 'Penthouse Club' and 'All-Star Men's Club' were hotbeds of prostitution and drugs. He also owned a Mexican restaurant and a car wash - all next to one another in Houston. On March 4, 2013, Palermo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Under Chapter 11, a person's assets and debts are not liquidated, but the filer is given court protection from creditors.
Palermo put his $2.45m home up for sale in September 2015.

Indian gangster Jitendra 'Gogi' Maan whacked in courtroom

Jitendra 'Gogi' Maan, 30, who ran a gang responsible for dozens of cases, including murder, kidnap, extortion and land grabbing, was shot dead in a shootout inside a courtroom in Delhi. Members of a rival gang disguised themselves in lawyers’ cloaks and opened fire. Police returned fire, killing the two gunmen. Gogi was facing murder and extortion charges.
Gogi ran the Jitendra Gogi gang which was embroiled in a feud with the Tillu Gang.

The conflict between Tillu and Gogi lasted years.
Cops managed to arrest Gogi in 2020 after one of his associates posted a picture of their trip to Starbucks on Facebook. The image showed three paper cups, topped with whipped cream and syrup, bearing the names Rohit, Gogi and Fajjie. Cops visited branches of the coffee chain, and eventually traced his location to an outlet in Gurgaon. They nailed him there.

LA Presse - Montreal Mafia: Flourishing in 'free trade' - Update

"The Hells Angels have control in Quebec but also in Montreal. What we realize is that all the other strains of organized crime are accountable to the Hells Angels," said Chief Inspector Guy Lapointe of the Sûreté du Québec in late 2019. A La Presse chart marks the main actors of the mafia and the Hells Angels that make up Montreal organized crime. It consists of a core of about twenty individuals, groups and clans revolving around a half a dozen "decision-makers" of the Hells Angels. There is a distinct Hells Angels hierarchy. Not all members have the same influence and those on the margins are not decision makers.
Mafiosi and bikers exchange services regularly, in a system that brings them all a lot of money. He no longer officially wears HA colors, but Mario Brouillette is considered the most influential HA actor of organized crime in Montreal according to the SQ. Martin Robert, 46, whose princely wedding made headlines has an international Hells Angel status. He has strong ties to aboriginal crime.
Stephane Plouffe, Salvatore Cazzetta and Salvatore Brunetti round out the top 5. Giuseppe 'Joey Gator' Focarazzo, 44, is said to be involved in the financing and recycling of money. He is considered the mafia strongman of Laval.
Vito Salvaggio, Leonardo Rizzuto, Nicola Spagnolo, Liborio Cuntrera and Stefano Sollecito are still the mafia leadership says LA Presse. The Sicilian clan continue to run one of the most important illegal sports books in the Montreal area. Gregory Woolley is out of jail after an eight-year sentence. He was seen by police as one of the leaders of the Hells Angels-mafia-gang alliance. Woolley is still considered an influential player. Nicknamed the "street boss" by cops, Davide Barberio would be the one who solves problems on the street.

Ontario bureaucrat Sanjay Madan charged in $21m fraud

Sanjay Madan has been charged and is facing two counts of fraud over $5,000 and two counts of breach of trust. He and his wife also face proceeds of crime and money laundering charges.
Sanjay Madan was fired in Nov 2020 from his $176k job as director of the Ministry of Education’s iAccess Solutions Branch after evidence of fraud surfaced. He owns Newgen Ventures Inc. a company registered in Panama that owns millions in real estate, all of which was listed for sale. His assets include a seven-bedroom, seven-bathroom house in North York, six Toronto condominiums, and more than $1m from the sale of another home. Madan holds Canadian and Indian passports as well as permanent residency status in Panama, a tax haven with no extradition treaty with Canada.
Most recently his lawyer claims he has mental issues.
Sons of Sanjay Madan are suing Ontario for $1m in “psychological” damages. Chinmaya Madan, 27, and Ujjawal Madan, 24, claim the government’s “allegation of conspiracy” against them is “preposterous” and “has been advanced recklessly and maliciously.” Chinmaya Madan was a product manager who resigned in July 2020 while brother Ujjawal Madan worked under their father.
The province says some or all of Madan, his spouse, Shalini, their sons, and Madan’s associate Vidhan Singh perpetrated a massive fraud exceeding $21m. Sanjay Madan received $10m in secret commissions for steering government contracts to companies he or Vidhan Singh controlled. Madan and his family opened more than 400 accounts at the Bank of Montreal. They deposited more than 10,000 cheques made out to fictitious people with non-existent children under the Covid support program. In a statement of defence Madan blames the province for lax security that allowed “widespread misappropriation” of taxpayer funds.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sani Abacha

Brutal Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha hasn't been forgotten, even 23 years after his death. €5.5m was returned to the government of Nigeria by Ireland. The money was looted from the country by Abacha, who placed it in an Irish bank for his eldest son. Abacha was de facto dictator of Nigeria from November 17, 1993 until June 8, 1998. Abacha’s government was infamous for it's brutality, executions, and human rights abuses. Its thought he and his family stole over £5 billion.
In 1995 Nigeria faced worldwide condemnation and was suspended from The Commonwealth after the execution of the Ogoni Nine, environmentalists who were protesting against the government and oil giant Shell. Abacha died in June 1998 while at the presidential villa in Abuja. He was buried on the same day, according to Muslim tradition. The government claimed it was a heart attack.

Taliban do things their way

Taliban authorities in the western Afghan city of Herat killed four alleged kidnappers and hung their bodies in public to deter others. Herat resident Mohammad Nazir said he had been shopping for food near the city’s Mostofiat Square when he heard a loudspeaker calling for people’s attention. “When I stepped forward, I saw they had brought a body in a pickup truck, then they hung it up on a crane.” The body was hung with a note - “whoever kidnaps others, will end up like this,” on the chest.

Friday, September 17, 2021

Aman Manj whacked - "lucky he made it that long"

Project Rebellion in 2009 led to the arrests of Aman Manj and several rivals in the Sanghera and Buttar groups. “They were hyper-violent and they were hunting the others for control, but also just for survival and to eliminate their foes before they themselves were eliminated.” Cops said "And eventually, when your guard is down, you get it. It’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when. And, you know, the fact that he was 35 for a guy that was living that sort of lifestyle, he’s probably lucky he made it that long, unfortunately.”
UN gangster Amandeep Manj was killed in his car in the parkade of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. Manj had a long association with gangsterism and the wholesale drug trade in the Lower Mainland. The gangster hit the headlines when he and Kirpal and Yasbir Manj were denied a $500k life insurance payout on his executed brother. Jodh Singh Manj, 31, was gunned down in 2020 after leaving a gym in a commercial complex in Mexico City.
See ----->UN Gangster Jodh Manj whacked in Mexico
See ----->Targeted Gang Execution kills Two - Navdip Singh Sanghera