U.S. prosecutors have indicted fourteen defendants including several high-ranking officials from FIFA for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving "$150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer's controversial governing body" as reported by ABC News: "U.S. officials said that one American FIFA official, Charles Blazer, has already pleaded guilty and reportedly wore an undercover wire to record conversations with fellow soccer officials."
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Federal prosecutors last week indicted 23 suspected associates and members from the Latin Kings in South Florida for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise as reported by Paula McMahon for the Sun Sentinel: "the indictment charges local members with drug dealing, multiple robberies and firearm offenses, in addition to the conspiracy charges."
A federal jury in Brooklyn, NY has convicted Damion "World" Hardy, the one-time leader of the street gang Cash Money Brothers who once dated rapper Lil' Kim, and Aaron "E-Bay" Granton on racketeering charges involving "six murders, narcotics trafficking, kidnapping and robbery" as reported by Michele Richinick for Newsweek: "the gang was based in the Lafayette Gardens houses in Brooklyn, a center of the cocaine trade during the drug epidemic that began in the late 1980s."
"Joseph Ferriero was convicted today of running a local political organization as a criminal enterprise, using his power and position to line his pockets," New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said Thursday. "The evidence we presented at trial described a racketeering operation that ran on influence peddling, bribes and kickbacks. Rooting out this kind of political corruption is a constant priority for this office. The people of New Jersey are entitled to honest public service."
Between the wise guys, dirty politicians and gang bangers New Jersey obviously is a cursed state. And it's funny because so many local folk have this perverse pride in their corrupt affairs. U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman is correct in stating that "the people of New Jersey are entitled to honest public service" but the real question is whether they want it; after all, it's the people who keep putting the losers into office and celebrating a Sopranos-style mentality, and at some point they have to accept responsibility for their voting choices.