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Organized Crime

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  • Bechtel handout latest example of legal extortion

    Gee, what country am I living in, as Jay Hancock's recent column points out ("$9.5 million to Bechtel: O'Malley had no choice," Oct. 25). I had thought, extortion, blackmail, and bribery were illegal in the U.S. A few years ago, Marriott played...
  • City officers plead not guilty to new extortion charges

    Two Baltimore officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale have pleaded "not guilty" to additional charges filed against them last week. Samuel Ocasio and Kelvin Quade Manrich were charged with...
  • Jury deliberating in Currie bribery trial sends note to judge

    Jurors deliberating in the federal bribery trial of state Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two former grocery chain executives sent a note to the judge Monday, indicating that at least some of them believe a conspiracy may have occurred, though not for the...
  • Harford County Police Blotter

    Harford County sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Frank Earl Jackson, 48, of the 600 block of South Stepney Road, was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday in a case in which he was charged with trespassing. Christopher John...
  • A trap for small businesses

    A trap for small businesses
    Laws are like fine nets, catching the common fish even as the biggest push their way through. Or so you might think on learning of how federal prosecutors keep nabbing small and medium-size businesspeople who violate an obscure law relating to bank...
  • Twelfth city officer sentenced in towing scheme

    Baltimore police officer Samuel Ocasio has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his participation in an extortion ring involving city police and a private towing company. Ocasio, 37, of Edgewood, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Catherine...
  • Prison gang leader Roark pleads guilty, agrees to life term

    Perry Roark, the co-founder and "supreme commander" of notorious prison gang Dead Man Inc., pleaded guilty to federal racketeering and related murder and drug charges this week, accepting a life sentence as part of the deal. Some of the charges would...
  • Currie not guilty of bribery, conspiracy in Shoppers case

    Currie not guilty of bribery, conspiracy in Shoppers case
    After a six-week trial and three days of deliberation, a Maryland jury acquitted Sen. Ulysses S. Currie and two grocery chain executives Tuesday of federal extortion and bribery charges, ending years of criminal suspicion surrounding the Prince George's...
  • Metro Dream Homes owner convicted in $78 million scheme

    The owner of a company that defrauded more than 1,000 homeowners — most from Maryland — in an "egregious" $78 million investment scheme was convicted Thursday in federal court in Greenbelt of conspiracy to commit money laundering and related...
  • 50 years ago: Bootleg whiskey-making operation in Abingdon broken up

    As taken from the pages of The Aegis dated Thursday, March 29, 1962: Twenty-one hundred gallons of mash, dozens of empty 100-pound sugar bags and an undisclosed amount of moonshine whiskey were confiscated by officials in a raid on a farm near Abingdon....
  • Two more city officers guilty in extortion scheme

    Two Baltimore police officers assigned to the Northeast District pleaded guilty this week to sending car customers to a Rosedale auto repair shop in exchange for bribes from the owners, bringing the number of officers convicted in the federal case to 11....
  • What if this was your neighborhood?

    What if this was your neighborhood?
    This is not about your neighborhood. Probably not, at least. The demographics of newspaper readership being what they are, you likely do not live in Liberty Square or anyplace like it. Maria Williams does live in Liberty Square. She wishes she did...