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Wednesday
Feb162011

80+ Armenian Power Members Arrested in Crackdown

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) - Federal, state and local authorities continue to round up more than 100 people tied to international organized crime groups who will face indictments in the U.S.

The indictments, unsealed Wednesday in Los Angeles, Santa Ana, Calif., Miami and Denver, charge 102 defendants in a variety of offenses linked to various transnational groups.

“Today’s indictments allege literally hundreds of criminal acts in three states – from extortion and kidnapping to firearms trafficking and health care fraud,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. “The common denominator among these defendants and their criminal enterprises is the use of violence and intimidation to commit crimes for profit."

Among those arrested Wednesday include more than 80 Armenian Power members, a racketeering enterprise that will be the focus of indictments in Southern California.

“These types of criminal organizations – through the use of extortions, kidnappings and other violent acts – have a demonstrated willingness to prey upon members of their own community,” said U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr.

The AP group, which began as a street gang in East Hollywood in the 1980s, is known for carrying out fraud schemes including large-scale check fraud and identity theft.

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