Federal news… Safe Street Task Force Arrests 25 Members of the “Original Gangsta Killers” Gang

 On October 29, 25 members of the Original Gangsta

Killers (OGK) in Albany, New York were charged in a

federal indictment. Of the 25, 23 were charged with conspiracy to commit

racketeering, including multiple acts of drug trafficking, robbery, and

attempted murder. All 25 were also charged with conspiracy to possess with

intent to distribute crack cocaine, cocaine, and marijuana.  

The indictment alleges that members of the OGK gang

maintained control over a territory where they and their associates distributed

their drugs; protected their territory with violence, including physical

assaults and shootings; possessed and engaged in acts of violence with

firearms, including robberies and shootings of rival gang members and

associates; and traveled out of state to obtain firearms and transported them

back to Albany.

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Pennsylvania Police Officer Charged with Robbery and Drug


Alhinde Weems, a former Philadelphia

police officer, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and drug

distribution and related charges.

Arizona Man Charged with Using Hoax Bombs to Commit Bank


Donald Ray Ludington, of Gilbert,

Arizona, was charged with two

counts of armed bank robbery. In each robbery, Ludington allegedly gave the

teller a note and presented what appeared to be a bomb.

Arizona Man Sentenced for Murder

Melvin Pascal Nash, of San Carlos,

Arizona, a member of the San

Carlos Apache Indian Tribe, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for his

role in the murder a security guard for a construction project.

Minnesota Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Pang Thao, of Cottage Grove,

Minnesota, pled guilty to

possessing 142 images and 11 video files of child pornography.

Minnesota Man Indicted for Sexually Abusing Two Boys

Eagle Wind Lajeunesse, of Red Lake,

Minnesota, was indicted for

allegedly sexually abusing two boys, ages 6 and 7.

Three Indicted in Minnesota for Stealing $89,000 from Medicaid

The owner of Advance Home Health personal care provider and two of the

company’s personal care assistants were indicted in Minnesota for allegedly fraudulently

obtaining more than $89,000 from Medicaid.

Missouri Stockbroker Pleads Guilty to Role in Ponzi Scheme

Kenneth G. Neely, of St. Peters,

Missouri pled guilty to a mail

fraud charge involving an investment Ponzi scheme in which he swindled

investors out of more than $400,000.

Illinois Man Indicted for Missouri Bank Robbery

Mario Obryan Wright, of Fairmont City, Illinois, was indicted on charges involving the robbery

of a Legends Bank branch in Bland, Missouri.

Member of Violent California Robbery Crew Sentenced in Oregon

Trayvon Mike Betterson, of Los Angeles, California, a member of a three-man robbery crew, was

sentenced in Portland, Oregon

to 105 months in federal prison for his role in the violent armed robbery of a

U.S. Bank branch in Raleigh Hills,


Massachusetts Man Indicted for Bank Robbery

David A. Laperle, of Boston, Massachusetts, was indicted by a federal grand jury in

connection with a bank robbery in Cambridge.

Professor Sentenced for Attempting to Send Obscene Material to


Former University of South Alabama Professor Barry Simpson was sentenced

in Miami, Florida

to 63 months in prison for attempting to transmit obscene material to a minor

using the Internet.

Former CBP Inspector Sentenced for Alien Smuggling, Bribery,

and Drug Trafficking

Former Customs and Border Protection Inspector Sergio Lopez Hernandez, was

sentenced in Brownsville, Texas to 135 months in federal prison for

alien smuggling, bribery, and drug trafficking.

Louisiana Municipal Employee Pleads Guilty to Disaster Relief


Laverne J. James, of Ball, Louisiana, who

has been employed by the town of Ball

Police Department since 1993, pled guilty to

conspiring with others to defraud FEMA following Hurricanes Rita and Gustav.

Mississippi Man Indicted for Stealing $10 Million from

Tennessee Employer

Walter Thomas Williams, III, of Hernando, Mississippi, was indicted in connection with allegedly

diverting in excess of $10 million from his Memphis

employer’s bank account to three separate personal accounts he opened in Tennessee, Mississippi,

and Georgia.

New Jersey Bank Employee Sentenced for Scheme to Steal $2.5

Million from Customers

Carlos Pinho, of Clark, New Jersey, was sentenced to 76 months in

federal prison for his scheme to defraud customers of two banks where he had

been employed of more than $2.5 million.

Fourteen Wall Street Professionals Charged with $20 Million in

Insider Trading

Fourteen Wall Street

professionals and attorneys were charged in an ongoing investigation of insider

trading at hedge funds and stock trading firms. The charged defendants include

hedge fund managers and trading firm executives, lawyers, and corporate

insiders. The defendants collectively are charged with allegedly participating

in insider trading schemes that generated more than $20 million in illegal


Georgia Attorney Sentenced for Multi-Million Dollar Real Estate

Ponzi Scheme

Former attorney Steven H. Ballard, of McDonough,

Georgia, was sentenced to

serve over five years in federal prison on a wire fraud charge involving a real

estate investment scam that lasted over five years and defrauded a dozen

victims in Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.

Georgia Mortgage Broker Pleads Guilty to $20 Million Fraud


Mortgage broker Edward William Farley, of Hoschton, Georgia, pled guilty to

committing a mortgage fraud scheme, a real estate investment Ponzi scheme

involving over 150 victims, a check-kiting scheme and a bankruptcy fraud


Former New York City Police Commissioner Pleads Guilty to Eight


Bernard B. Kerik, former Commissioner of the New York City Police Department

and the Department of Corrections, pled guilty in White

Plains federal court to eight felonies, two of which were

separately charged in an indictment in the District of Columbia.

Florida Man Sentenced in Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Juan Carlos Gonzalez, of Jacksonville,

Florida, was sentenced to seven

years in federal prison for conspiring to commit wire and bank fraud in

connection with a more than $6 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Texas Men Sentenced for Armed Bank Robbery

Antwaine Joseph Alexander and Jerry Anthony Ramsey, both of the Houston, Texas

area, who wore masks and carried firearms during the January 14, 2009 robbery

of the Guaranty Bank branch in Bellaire, have been sentenced to more than 16

years each in federal prison.

Two Sentenced in Texas for Roles in Counterfeit Pipe Coupling


Hayden B. Greene, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and James Robert Roy, of Tomball,

Texas, were sentenced to 30 months and 15 months in prison, respectively, for

conspiring to manufacture and sell counterfeit pipe couplings.

Fugitive GM Exec Returns to U.S., Pleads Guilty to Fraud, $6.5

Million Kickback Scheme

Daniel J. Bealko, a former General Motors Corp. executive who was a fugitive

abroad for more than a year, returned to the United States yesterday and pled

guilty to federal charges relating to a kickback and fraud scheme involving

GM’s sale of bulk aluminum to third parties.

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