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Firm hired by Iowa for prison review didn't disclose lawsuit

Nov. 11, 2021 17:01 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A company Iowa hired to review state prison security problems didn't disclose that a subsidiary settled a Mississippi lawsuit alleging a questionable relationship with a consultant and a corrections official imprisoned over corruption allegations. ...

Jury convicts Chicago gang's reputed leader of racketeering

Nov. 09, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Chicago street gang's reputed leader on charges alleging that he directed the gang in committing four killings and other violent crimes over the course of two decades. Jurors convicted Labar Spann, 44, on Monday of...

Man called kingpin of middle Georgia cocaine ring convicted

Nov. 01, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia man was found guilty of three racketeering charges on Monday, identified by authorities in court as the head of a regional drug-dealing operation. Dexter Lee Williams, 53, was arrested in March 2020 after a probe by the Houston County...

Federal authorities unveil charges against Chicago gang

Nov. 01, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities announced conspiracy charges Monday against a Chicago gang faction accused of 19 murders over two decades. An indictment alleged 13 members of the “Wicked Town” faction of the Traveling Vice Lords gang were responsible for 19...

Pagans motorcycle leader sentenced for illegally having gun

Oct. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New York man characterized as a leader of the Pagans motorcycle gang was sentenced to 33 months, or more than two and a half years, in prison on Thursday for illegal gun possession. The U.S. attorney's office in Newark described Keith Richter, 62,...

Alleged gang members charged in slaying of Chicago rapper

Oct. 13, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Five alleged gang members have been indicted on murder charges in last year's shooting death of a Chicago rapper that prosecutors say was part of ongoing violence over gang territories on the city's South Side, officials announced Wednesday. The U.S....

Former state lawmaker, regent pleads guilty to racketeering

Oct. 08, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia state lawmaker and university regent was sentenced to eight years in prison for racketeering, the state attorney general's office announced. Dean Alford was indicted in May in Rockdale County on charges of racketeering, fraud and...

Another suspect pleads guilty to role in ATM skimming scheme

Oct. 06, 2021 10:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Romanian man has pleaded guilty to his role in a multi-state ATM skimming scheme that netted hundreds of thousands of dollars, federal prosecutors said. Dragos Nelu Hornea, 26, pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering and conspiracy to use counterfeit...

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Sep. 27, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly, the R&B superstar known for his anthem “I Believe I Can Fly,” was convicted Monday in a sex trafficking trial after decades of avoiding criminal responsibility for numerous allegations of misconduct with young women and children. A...

R. Kelly fate now in jury’s hands at sex trafficking trial

Sep. 24, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly’s fate is now in a jury’s hands after weeks of lurid testimony in his sexual misconduct trial. The panel of seven men and five women began deliberating racketeering and sex trafficking charges against the R&B superstar Friday afternoon,...