Saturday, January 21, 2017

Ercan “Segate” Findikoglu

Ercan Findikoglu
In July, 2016 Ercan Findikoglu was sentenced to 14 years for the theft of over $ 55m. The criminal mastermind — who told the court he never advanced past high school — managed to avoid capture for years before he was finally apprehended in Germany in 2013.

He then successfully fended off extradition for 18 months before finally being shipped to Brooklyn to face charges. Findikoglu will be deported back to Turkey at the end of his sentence.
In June, 2015 an indictment was unsealed in Brooklyn federal court charging Ercan Findikoglu, a Turkish citizen also known as “Segate,” with organizing three worldwide cyberattacks that inflicted $55 million in losses on the global financial system in a matter of hours.

Findikoglu organized the so-called “ATM cashouts” by hacking into networks of several credit and debit card payment processors. With each processor, the intruders were able to simultaneously lift the daily withdrawal limits on numerous prepaid accounts and dramatically increase the account balances on those cards to allow ATM withdrawals far in excess of the legitimate card balances.
Findikoglu managed a trusted group of co-conspirators who disseminated the stolen debit card information to leaders of “cashing crews” around the world; they, in turn, used the stolen information to conduct tens of thousands of fraudulent ATM withdrawals.

Thieves Elvis Rafael Rodriguez and Emir Yasser Yeje snapped a picture of themselves with a pile of about $40,000 in cash.
The eight residents of Yonkers, N.Y. charged by federal authorities in the global bank heist were foot soldiers in the scheme, known as a "cashing crew."

They hit ATMs all over New York City and stole $2.8 million in two separate attacks.
In one operation on February 27 and 28, 2011, cashing crews withdrew $10 million through 15,000 fraudulent ATM withdrawals in at least 18 countries. In a second operation on December 22, 2012, cashing crews withdrew $5 million through more than 4,500 ATM in 20 countries. In a third operation on February 19 and 20, 2013, cashing cells in 24 countries executed 36,000 transactions and withdrew $40 million from ATMs. During this third operation, in New York City alone, cashing crews withdrew $2.4 million in nearly 3,000 ATM withdrawals over the course of less than 11 hours.

The ring used prepaid MasterCard debit cards that were issued by the National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah PSC, located in the United Arab Emirates, and the Bank of Muscat, located in Oman.
The US Secret Service arrested Findikoglu in Frankfurt in cooperation with German authorities. Germany refused to extradite to the U.S. out of concern that he would receive a disproportionate sentence for his crimes. Where the accused’s crimes warranted a maximum punishment of 15 years imprisonment under German law, it commanded a 247-year sentence in the U.S.

In June, 2015 Germany did extradite Findikoglu to the United States. It was reported that a plea deal is likely. The case is U.S. v. Findikoglu, 13-cr-440, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).
Authorities arrested seven U.S. citizens and residents of Yonkers, New York: Jael Mejia Collado, Joan Luis Minier Lara, Evan Jose Peña, Jose Familia Reyes, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez, Emir Yasser Yeje and Chung Yu-Holguin. Dominican police confirmed that the eighth, Alberto Lajud-Pena, the leader of the New York cell, was killed in the Dominican Republic on April 27, 2013.

The 23-year-old was gunned down during a claimed attempted robbery in a house in the city of San Francisco de Macoris about 100 miles northeast of the capital, Santo Domingo. More than $ 2m remains unaccounted for.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Calgary Police Assault - Cops Thugs and Open Liars - Eye Witness

An eyewitness is challenging the Calgary police version of events after a cop altercation with a man went viral after being caught on video in July 2016.

"If they are saying this guy deserved that? Not a chance, not a chance," the witness said. Police said in a statement the officers were doing a walk-through of bars in the area when they were tipped off something was going on outside of the 1410 World Bier Haus Restaurant & Lounge on 17th Avenue S.W.

"They were immediately approached by an aggressive man who refused to cooperate with their demands and then attempted to leave the area."
The witness said the gang unit came into the restaurant and asked for identification from a table of 10 men. When one of the men did not produce ID, the witness claims police said the entire group had to leave. Three of the men crossed 17th Avenue cutting off a man driving a truck.

"The driver honked his horn at them angrily and one of the guys in the group flicked a cigarette at the truck. He screeches over to the side of the road and gets out of his truck and starts yelling at the guys across the street," according to the witness. The witness said one police officer heard the tires screeching and the yelling and came outside. "He went straight for the old guy and starts yelling at him. "Get the FUCK back in your truck, get in there now" the witness said.
"This old guy starts walking, the cop is walking right behind him yelling at him the whole time. He didn't even know what was happening. They get 10 steps in and I guess maybe the old guy stopped or something so the cop grabbed him. Next thing I know the three of them are laying the boots to the 60-year-old guy on the side of the road," the video begins at this point. "I watched the whole thing."

Calgary police explained the reason for the arrest in their release. "This man was given a ticket for stunting after driving in an unsafe manner along the roadway and was released following his arrest," police said. "The CPS encourages anyone with a concern to file a complaint with the Professional Standards Section."

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Oz Bikini model clueless about Hells Angels cash

Lauren Bryant, 27, of the Gold Coast, a bikini model who dated a Hells Angels drug king-pin has told the Crime and Corruption Commission she doesn't know how $178,690 came to be in her bank account. She did admit that her former boyfriend Vadim Victor Volkov, 33 would give her 'inch-thick' bundles of cash to deposit in a series of bank accounts.

During Vadim Volkov's four-year relationship with the model more than $1M passed through her bank accounts.

When police raided Volkov's home in August 2015 they found $1m in cash and a variety of guns including two semi-automatic rifles.
Volkov has argued all his assets were legally acquired by gambling or inheritance. The state argues Volkov bought his properties with dirty money. Bryant claims she found out about her ex-boyfriend's connection with the Hells Angels only after their relationship ended. Bryant is now a 'life coach'.
Australia. A member of the Hells Angels has allegedly been found with close to $500,000 in cash, with anti-bikie police also seizing drugs, vehicles and weapons parts in an overnight raid. Investigators found $180,000 of cash before finding a further $300,000 in a Gold Coast safety deposit box, Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith said.

On Wednesday afternoon, police announced they had found two automatic assault rifles and another $350,000 in cash in two more safety deposit boxes in Brisbane and Burleigh. The raids centred around the Hells Angels methamphetamines distribution network on the Gold Coast. The 33-year-old arrested man, Vadim Victor Volkov, is expected to make a bail application on Friday after briefly facing Southport Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bikers for Trump - B4T

One of president-elect Donald Trump's biggest supporters is going to make sure the inauguration event goes smoothly, promising to form a "wall of meat" to guard against any protesters. "Bikers for Trump" is expecting more than 5,000 bikers to be in attendance at the inauguration.

A spokesman said that if there be any rowdy protesters in attendance, B4T will be there to go 'toe to toe'.
Donald Trump has a new line of defense in his ongoing war against protesters: pro-Trump bikers ready and willing to provide extra security at his rallies.

"Bikers for Trump", is a grassroots collection of motorcycle-riding supporters, who has eschewed violence—at least according to its de facto leader. But it has found that its own supporters are ready to cross that line—if by their own estimation they should deem it required. “If that means us having to protect ourselves by taking someone else’s life, that’s what we’re going to have to do,” one biker said, in a video shared by Bikers for Trump, on beefing up security.
Ahead of a Trump rally in Janesville, an image circulated calling for bikers to “Mobilize to KICK SOME ASS!”

Chris Cox, who founded Bikers for Trump 2016 in August, denies any involvement in creating the “KICK SOME ASS” flyer but says “We are not looking for a fight, but at the same time, if someone starts one, we won’t back down,”

Cox is a 47-year-old chainsaw artist from South Carolina.
Trump has praised his biker supporters, both on stage and on social media, touting their endorsements and even getting personal. “Boy, do you look good, though,” Trump told a biker at the Janesville rally. “You look good and tough. I wouldn’t want to fight you."

Bill Barber, a 61-year-old Biker for Trump who runs the Suck Bang Blow biker bar in South Carolina, views Trump as the first true biker candidate of the modern political era. “Trump talks like a biker”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski charged with perjury

Calgary Police Association president Les Kaminski has been criminally charged with perjury and assault with a weapon, while Const. Brant Derrick has been charged with assault causing bodily harm. The charges relate to a 2008 arrest involving a man who was later acquitted in part because a judge did not believe Kaminski and Derrick were credible or reliable witnesses.

"In 2008, I had dealings with a high-ranking member of the Hells Angels from British Columbia. That has resulted in an investigation and it's still before the courts. I just want the facts to come out," Kaminski said at the time. The alleged offences were committed during the arrest of high-profile Hells Angel Jason Arkinstall in 2008. The judge in the case said Arkinstall was “physically abused” by officers during his arrest and that an anonymously recorded video contradicted the testimony of the cops.

Kaminski was elected as the new president of the Calgary police union in November.

Monday, January 16, 2017

David and Collet Stephan - Death of Ezekiel Stephan

David and Collet Stephan were found guilty in April 2016 in the death of their 19-month-old son who contracted a lung infection and later died in Alberta Children’s Hospital from meningitis.

The Stephans were interviewed by the producers of the controversial documentary Vaxxed and the Crown played an interview in court. In the video, the Stephans were unapologetic for their actions and blamed the media for turning public support against them.
David and Collet Stephan effectively abused their son Ezekiel, endangering his life, and should serve up to 4½ years in prison, the Crown prosecutor said. David Stephan received four months in jail and his wife three months of house arrest.

A divisive trial that drew strong opinions from both sides of the naturopathic medicine debate came to a tearful conclusion Tuesday as an eight-woman, four-man jury found an Alberta couple guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their toddler son.

David and Collet Stephan, whose family started a nutritional supplements company, were convicted in the death of 19-month-old Ezekiel from meningitis in March 2012.
The trial heard the couple thought the boy had croup or the flu, so they treated him for 2 1/2 weeks with remedies that included hot peppers, garlic, onions and horseradish, even though a family friend who was a nurse told them she thought Ezekiel had meningitis.

The jury was also told Collet Stephan drove the little boy from their rural home to a naturopathic clinic in Lethbridge, Alta., to pick up an echinacea mixture, although he was too stiff to sit in his car seat and had to lie on a mattress on the way.

Truehope Nutritional Support founder Anthony Stephan
David Stephan is vice-president of his father's company "Truehope Nutritional Support". The company says one of their products, EMPowerplus, helps treat bipolar disorder, depression and even autism. Stephan said he heard stories about vaccinations causing autism in children so he and his wife decided they wouldn’t vaccinate their own kids, adding that still held true for their three remaining boys.

The maximum penalty for failing to provide the necessaries of life is five years in prison.,

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Model gets 15 1/2 years for killing millionaire ex-boyfriend

A Spanish court sentenced a Slovakian model to 15 1/2 years in prison after she was found guilty of murder for shooting her British millionaire ex-boyfriend at his home near Marbella two years ago.

The Malaga court sentenced 26-year-old Maria Kukucova to 15 years for murder and another six months for breaking into the apartment where the murder took place.

Kukucova was reportedly jealous of Bush's new girlfriend, Russian model Maria Korotaeva.
A jury found Kukucova guilty of killing Andrew Bush on April 5, 2014. She had testified that she had never meant to harm Bush, saying the former jewelry store owner died during a violent struggle.

Prosecutors say Kukucova shot the 48-year-old Bush twice in the head and once in the shoulder.

The murder occurred when Bush returned home unexpectedly from a trip to Britain. The two had broken up about a month before the killing, following a relationship of more than two years.

Kukucova said she spent two days alone inside his house and that Bush arrived after a trip with a Russian girlfriend, Maria Korotaeva. After the killing, Kukucova told Korotaeva to get out of Bush's Hummer vehicle and drove away.

She fled to Slovakia but turned herself in to police four days after the killing. She was extradited to Spain a month later.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Wobbles the 500lb gangster loses 80 pounds

A 500-pound gangster who had his arraignment in a courthouse basement basement when he couldn't fit his wheelchair in the elevator last year has lost nearly 80 pounds since his arrest.

William 'Wobbles' Soler, also dubbed 'Redrum' (murder backward), reportedly had some honey-roasted Planters peanuts nestled between his arm and his wheelchair. 'Have you seen him? Yes, he lost a lot of weight, definitely 60 to 80 pounds,' said Soler's lawyer Brian Sullivan
Despite his recent weight loss, the obese gangster had to enter through the side of the courtroom since his wheelchair does not fit in the door that inmates usually enter through. His lawyers and prosecutors spoke to a judge for several minutes before the case was adjourned.

Soler is facing 25 years in prison after allegedly plotting the murder of rival gang members and smuggling dozens of guns into New York City. Soler and his ring of gun runners reportedly bought 93 firearms on the streets of Westchester in New York state, Maine and Connecticut last year.