Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Penthouse Pet Simone Farrow jailed for smuggling meth

In late 2016 a former Penthouse model was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail for helping smuggle crystal meth concealed in bath products. Simone Farrow, 41, played a principal role in helping to smuggle methamphetamine into Australia over a seven-and-a-half-month ­period before her arrest in October 2009.
She left Australia for the US after escaping a parcel bomb addressed to her, and used her time in California to pursue a career as a pop star and model under the name Simone Starr.
Prosecutors claimed she was a drug kingpin who posted top-quality meth to buyers in Australia and used staff from her music and modelling business to run the operation. Farrow claimed she was duped by her employees.

Since her arrest seven years ago, Farrow has skipped bail twice and spent four years behind bars on remand. Farrow arrived at the Sydney airport crying, pleading her innocence to reporters and explaining that her life was in danger. "The only reason I've done this is because someone was trying to murder me". Farrow will be eligible for parole in February 2019.

Monday, February 20, 2017

John Dillinger

John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American bank robber. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago, Indiana police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide.

His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice and became a driving reason for the creation of the FBI. In the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw, Dillinger was the most notorious of them all. Dillinger is known to have participated with The Dillinger Gang in twelve separate bank robberies between June 1933 and June 1934.

Dillinger was imprisoned at the Crown Point jail after committing a robbery at a bank in East Chicago on January 15, 1934. Police boasted to area newspapers that the Crown Point jail was escape-proof and posted extra guards to make sure.

Dillinger escaped on March 3 using a fake gun carved with a razor made from some shelving in his cell.

John Dillinger's Wooden Gun. Sold at Heritage Auction Galleries for $19,120.00
Three days after Dillinger's escape from Crown Point, he robbed a bank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

By July 1934, Dillinger had dropped out of sight, and federal agents had no solid leads. He had drifted into Chicago where he went under the alias of Jimmy Lawrence, a petty criminal who bore a close resemblance to him. Division of Investigations chief J. Edgar Hoover created a special task force headquartered in Chicago to locate Dillinger. On July 21 a madam from a brothel in Gary, Indiana, Ana Cumpănaş, also known as Anna Sage, contacted the police.

She was a Romanian immigrant threatened with deportation and offered the federal agency information on Dillinger in exchange for their help in preventing her deportation.
Dillinger attended the film Manhattan Melodrama at the Biograph Theater in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Dillinger was with Ana Cumpănaş. (Who was wearing a red dress to identify herself to agents.)

When the movie let out, Special Agent Melvin Purvis stood by the front door and signaled Dillinger's exit by lighting a cigar.
Both he and the other agents reported that Dillinger turned his head and looked directly at the agent as he walked by, glanced across the street, then moved ahead of his female companions, reached into his pocket and ran toward a nearby alley.

Dillinger ignored a command to surrender, then headed for the alley. Agents already had the alley closed off. Agents Cowley, Charles Winstead, and Herman "Ed" Hollis opened fire, firing five shots. Dillinger was hit from behind and he fell face first to the ground.

Dillinger was struck three times, with two bullets entering the chest, one nicking his heart, and the fatal shot, which entered the back of his neck and exited just under his right eye.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Crook 'butt dials' Hall of Infamy

Anthony Burrell had a butt-dialing mishap. Burrell and two of his criminal friends broke into a house in Roswell. Then he accidentally called 911. While emergency services was listening in Burrell had plenty to say “Yeah, we picked up this fucking TV set, got ahold of it and we got it out of the house,” During the next 45-minutes, Burrell provided a virtual roadmap of his criminal activity. He told the location of the burgled home, how the three evaded the cops and a list of items stolen. Roswell police were able to track the confession to Burrell using his cell phone number and the trio were arrested.
On March 19th, 2015, Deputies listened to a thirty-four minute long cellphone which lead them straight to Kyle Scott James and Jaramie Jason Ites who were doing a B&E while Jessica June Friedrichs was waiting inside their get-away car.
Dean Brown (left) and David Fanuelsen (right) are facing felony grand theft charges after confessing to planning and stealing expensive chainsaws from their employer. How were they caught? One of the crooks “butt-dialed” their boss — not once, but twice.

The “butt-dialed” calls went to the duo’s boss who overhead the two men discussing stealing tools from a construction site. Concerned about his equipment, he drove to the site and discovered his trailers had been broken into. A second call to his cell phone from Fanuelsen went to voice mail. The voice mail message reportedly featured the two crooks planning how they were going to pawn the saws after stealing them.
Jason S. Hamielec, 29, and Brian A. Johnson, 28, couldn’t stop talking about their thievery after lifting a bunch of DVDs and computer games from a Target store. They yakked, jawed and chortled inside their getaway SUV for 54 minutes, bragging about what they stole, describing the vehicle they were in, and chatting about where they might get the best prices for the stolen merchandise.

When then the pair pulled into a parking lot near the Video X-Change, the cops were waiting. Both men were dumbfounded by how police knew exactly where they would be.
Scott Robert Esser has been indicted on burglary charges after police say he dialed 911. Police say they heard Esser and an accomplice talk about breaking into homes, emptying drawers and stealing goods. Esser was indicted on burglary, theft and other charges after police found jewelry, electronics, $11,300 in bonds and a handgun in his car.

Lawan Sanders and his girlfriend Charity Fournier had a bad day when they tried to sell drugs. A 911 call came through, and police were able to hear their plans to break up their large stash of hash and sell their pot in baggies. A few minutes later, cops rolled up in an unmarked car and placed the pair under arrest.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky (born Meyer Suchowljansky; July 4, 1902 – January 15, 1983), known as the "Mob's Accountant", was a Russian-born, Jewish American organized crime figure who, along with Charles "Lucky" Luciano, was instrumental in the development of the "National Crime Syndicate" in the United States.

For decades he was thought to be one of the most powerful people in the US as the father of organized crime.
Lansky met Luciano when both were school boys. Despite being smaller, Lansky refused to pay protection money and the two boys fought to a draw. Lansky joined Luciano's protection racket and the two became life long friends.

He met Bugsy Siegel when he was a teenager. Siegel saved Lansky's life many times over as the 3 gangsters rose to power.

'Lucky' Luciano

'Bugsy' Siegal
After Al Capone's 1931 conviction for tax evasion and prostitution, Lansky saw that he too was vulnerable to a similar prosecution.

Far ahead of his time and to protect himself from the same fate, he transferred the illegal earnings from his growing empire to a Swiss numbered bank account. Lansky eventually even bought an offshore bank in Switzerland.

Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky in 1932

Meyer Lansky is booked by New York City detectives in 1958 to be questioned about a gangland slaying.
In his later years, Lansky lived a frugal, low-profile, routine existence in Miami Beach.

He dressed like the average grandfather, walked his dog every morning, and portrayed himself as a harmless retiree. Lansky's associates usually met him in malls and other crowded locations. Lansky would change drivers, who chauffeured him around town to look for new pay phones almost every day.
Authorities tried to convict him of tax evasion in 1970, but Lansky was acquitted in 1974.

Lansky died of lung cancer on January 15, 1983, age 80. On paper, Lansky was worth virtually nothing. At the time, the FBI believed he left behind over $300 million, but they never found a cent.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dirty Lawyers ordered to pay back Loot

A B.C. judge has ordered an Ontario company to repay the federal government more than $800,000 in unnecessary and unreasonable legal fees and costs.

The fees were billed in connection with an investigation into a law firm’s participation in a settlement agreement to compensate Indian residential school survivors.

Stephen J. Bronstein entering court.
In a ruling released in October last year, she ordered Bronstein and Company of Vancouver to reimburse the government in the amount of $1.25 million in what she deemed to be reasonable costs associated with the investigation. Bronstein has been named as the lawyer who allegedly worked with Ivon Johnny, a convicted murderer who extorted money from survivors he signed up for the Independent Assessment Process (IAP).

The judge also found that Crawford Class Action Service, a company that assists in the administration of class action settlements, had charged the Canadian government unreasonable and unnecessary amounts. In a ruling released Monday, she ordered Crawford to repay a total of $874,700.

Michael Mooney, Crawford vice-president and general manager.

Howard Drabinsky
In the October ruling, the judge focused on the legal fees charged by Howard Drabinsky, a senior legal counsel for McMillan in Ontario.

McMillan had charged a total of $1.77 million in connection with the Bronstein matter. In comparison, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, another national law firm, charged $764,000. The judge noted that Drabinsky charged between $775 and $835 an hour, billing more than 1,500 hours for a total of $1,244,000. Drabinsky, a commercial solicitor, was not a litigator and did not have a speaking role in any of the court appearances. Nor did Drabinsky draft any court documents, conduct the examination of Bronstein or assist in obtaining evidence for the hearings. Despite this, Drabinsky attended the examination, interlocutory applications and substantive hearings.

David Blott
In 2014 Calgary lawyer David Blott, who misused his position to take financial advantage of Indian residential school abuse survivors, was prohibited from practicing law in Alberta. He represented more than 4,700 claimants and earned millions of dollars under the Independent Assessment Process (IAP)

He was investigated and found guilty of misconduct regarding his representation of claimants. As of May 31, 2014 the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat, which manages the IAP, had received 37,870 applications for compensation. Of this number, 27,941 cases have been resolved and more than $2.4 billion has been paid out. The last compensation hearings will take place in the spring of 2016 and the process will be completed by 2018.