JPMorgan executives accused of conspiring in organized crimes

U.S. 09/17/19, 13:51

The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday, Sept. 16,  accused three senior JPMorgan officials of alleged extortion and price manipulation of metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium between 2008 and 2016. In an official statement, Brian Benczkowski, assistant attorney general, explained that the charges stem from an ongoing investigation ...

MS-13 member gets 55 years in prison in quadruple slaying

U.S. 06/12/19, 20:56

An MS-13 street gang member was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to racketeering charges for his role in the brutal massacre of four young men on Long Island. Josue Portillo was 15 years old at the time of the April 2017 slayings. He admitted to ...

Chicago Alderman Burke pleads not guilty in corruption case

U.S. 06/04/19, 12:09

One of the most powerful aldermen in Chicago's history has pleaded not guilty to federal political corruption charges.Alderman Edward M. Burke entered the plea Tuesday after a superseding indictment last week accused the 50-year Chicago City Council veteran of racketeering, bribery and attempted extortion. Burke has called the indictment unfounded.He ...

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma in court for corruption

Africa 05/20/19, 03:57

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is in court facing charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering.Zuma, 77, appeared at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province Monday on charges of receiving bribes when the government purchased arms in 1999.Zuma was South Africa's president from 2009 until 2018, ...

Mongols biker club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

U.S. 05/18/19, 06:59

A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses astride a chopper-style bike.Prosecutors had ...

Coach pleads to college admissions scam, could hurt Loughlin

Sports 05/14/19, 15:37

A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California switched her plea to guilty Tuesday in the college admissions scam, admitting to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.Laura Janke, 36, has agreed to cooperate with ...

Greenpeace wants lawsuit moved to possibly friendlier venue

Enviroment 04/27/19, 08:11

Greenpeace is seeking to move a lawsuit alleging it conspired against the Dakota Access oil pipeline from North Dakota state court to federal court, where the environmental group has already prevailed against racketeering claims alleged by the pipeline's developer.Greenpeace wants a federal judge to throw out the latest claims of ...

Ex-coach, parent to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Soccer 04/23/19, 10:24

Two more people charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal have agreed to plead guilty.Authorities said Tuesday that former University of Southern California assistant women's soccer coach Laura Janke will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with federal authorities.Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, ...

Appeals court upholds vacating some convictions of ex-judge

U.S. 03/31/19, 23:09

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling throwing out convictions on some charges for a former northeastern Pennsylvania judge in what prosecutors said were juveniles wrongly sent to detention center. The three-member 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel agreed Friday with a judge's decision in January 2018 to vacate racketeering ...

Alaska white supremacist gang members face federal charges

U.S. 03/27/19, 20:14

Filthy Fuhrer and five other members of a white supremacist gang that was spawned in prisons in Alaska, Arizona and Colorado have been charged in the gruesome beating death of a member whose Nazi tattoo was burned off his rib cage with a hot knife.Fuhrer, who legally changed his name ...

18 members of white supremacist prison gang indicted

U.S. 02/21/19, 16:16

Eighteen members of a white supremacist prison gang have been charged with racketeering, drug conspiracy and kidnapping that resulted in at least six homicides during the past 14 years, according to a federal indictment in Tulsa. The indictment, filed under seal Dec. 7 and unsealed Wednesday, says the 18 are members ...

Rogue Baltimore detective sentenced in racketeering case

U.S. 02/12/19, 16:43

A disgraced Baltimore police detective who led a double life as a drug gang collaborator has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role on an out-of-control unit of city officers who resold looted narcotics, conducted brazen robberies, and falsified evidence.Momodu Gondo, who joined the police force ...

Pot owners plead guilty in unique charges vs. legal business

U.S. 01/25/19, 17:26

The owners of a Denver marijuana business pleaded guilty Friday to drug and racketeering charges and will spend a year in prison in what city officials called the first local prosecution of a legal pot enterprise in the U.S.A yearlong investigation of Sweet Leaf's sales practices centered on a practice ...

FBI probe leads to charges against Florida city commissioner

U.S. 12/12/18, 13:51

An FBI corruption investigation that became an issue in the Florida governor's race led to a 44-count federal indictment Wednesday against a city commissioner who once ran the state's Democratic Party.The indictment charges Tallahassee Commissioner Scott Maddox with bribery, extortion, bank fraud, racketeering and other crimes. Not mentioned in the ...

Attorney: Rapper 6ix9ine innocent of racketeering charges

New York 11/21/18, 11:42

The defense attorney for Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine says his client is "completely innocent" of federal racketeering and firearms charges.The rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, is among five people indicted this week on charges that he directed or participated in violent acts as part of a deadly gang ...

Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine indicted on racketeering charges

Entertainment 11/19/18, 11:37

Federal authorities say the rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine is (teh-KAH'-shee sihks-NEYN') is in custody and awaiting a Manhattan court appearance.The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, is among four people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges.Prosecutors didn't immediately detail the allegations against the rapper.The authorities also arrested ...

Lawsuit over pot, property values could have broad impacts

Business 10/28/18, 12:55

A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the budding U.S. marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbor hurts their property's value.Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but ...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Pennsylvania 10/19/18, 00:29

Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move.However, a colleague in Philadelphia is taking aim at the church this month, sending grand jury ...

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