Latest Racketeering News

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,...

R. Kelly jury asked to make him 'pay' or not fall for 'lies'

Sep. 23, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor in closing arguments at the sex-trafficking trial of R. Kelly urged jurors on Thursday to make the R&B superstar “pay” for his alleged crimes, while a defense lawyer told them they've been misled by opportunistic accusers about consensual relationships....

Alleged gang leader mistakenly released, back in custody

Sep. 23, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Federal authorities mistakenly released the alleged leader of a Crips gang in Baltimore last week, but he is now back in custody. Trayvon Hall, 30, was serving a three-year sentence for a gun conviction when he was indicted on racketeering charges last...

R. Kelly's rules protected him, prosecutors in sex trial say

Sep. 22, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly got away with sexually abusing underage victims for more than two decades by ruling his inner circle enablers with an iron fist, a prosecutor told jurors on Wednesday at the R&B singer’s sex-trafficking trial. “The defendant set rules,...

Zuma's trial postponed until October in South Africa

Sep. 22, 2021 11:43 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The corruption trial of former South African President Jacob Zuma was postponed until Oct. 26 while the judge considers a plea from Zuma's lawyer that the prosecution team be dismissed from the case for being biased. Zuma wasn't present for the...