Fifteen suspected interloping mobsters from Russia and Georgia have been rounded up on a variety of charges including murder, theft, extortion, money laundering, corruption and document forgery as reported by adnkronos. What?! No drug charges?! What kind of self-respecting alleged mobsters are these guys?!
Edward MacKenzie, Jr. once provided muscle for mob boss Whitey Bulger, and later became the operations director for a Boston church. However, he apparently couldn't understand that collections in a church wasn't quite the same as collections on the street.
The feds have charged MacKenzie with racketeering for allegedly "systematically loot[ing] the church of its considerable financial
assets through a combination of fraud, deceit, extortion, theft and
bribery" as reported by The Associated Press.
A motley crew "of baggage handlers, jetway workers and even security people" allegedly are involved in a luggage theft ring which rips off aboout 200 airline passengers a day at John F. Kennedy International Airport as reported by Marcia Kramer for CBS 2:
Sources told Kramer that a “significant” number of workers have criminal backgrounds. To get a job handling luggage at JFK the requirement is simple — no felony convictions within 10 years. But if you manage to cop a plea and get the charges reduced, that’s apparently okay.
Some airline employees allegedly are forming crime crews as reported by Mosi Secret for The New York Times: "they stowed drugs in secret panels inside planes; stole laptops, lobsters and fine clothing flown as freight; and rifled through passengers’ belongings for perfume, liquor and electronics."
The storied Texas Rangers have busted six men for their alleged roles in rustling 6,000 lambs worth $800,000 from the 30-acre Immel Feed Yard in Gillespie County, TX as reported by Zeke MacCormack for the San Antonio Express-News: "Benny Cox, president of the Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association, based in San Angelo, said he had not heard of such a large theft from one site before." One of the defendants was a long-time employee of the feed lot.
*** Crips members cop to racketeering in Pittsburgh, PA: "According to the U.S. attorney's office, the men participated with others in a pattern of racketeering, which included armed robbery, attempted murder, heroin and cocaine distribution, obstruction of justice and witness intimidation."
*** The Crips is the target of a racketeering indictment in Albany, NY: "The main thing about being charged with a racketeering offense is you're not only responsible for what you do as an individual but you are also responsible criminally for what you and your criminal associates in the gang do as well."