August 29, 2003 |
An associate of Murder Inc. chief Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose music label is under federal investigation for alleged money laundering, was taken into custody Thursday as a suspect in the shooting of a New York police captain. Tyran Moore surrendered after a three-hour standoff with dozens of police officers at a residence in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn. Moore, whose street name is Tah Tah, gained notoriety last year in a lyric on "Guess Who's Back?" by 50 Cent, the Queens rap star.
June 4, 2003 |
Forensic auditors hired by a lawyer for Vivendi Universal record label Murder Inc. have completed a report that accounts for its business dealings with a convicted drug dealer, people familiar with the situation said. The report could raise questions about government claims that the label was used to launder illicit funds. The auditors were retained by Kaye Scholer, a law firm that represents Murder Inc. founder Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo. The law firm declined to comment.
January 4, 2003 |
Federal authorities Friday raided the Manhattan offices of record label Murder Inc. -- home to such pop stars as Ashanti and Ja Rule -- as part of an investigation into the expanding empire of music mogul Irv Gotti. The early-morning action was undertaken by a federal task force that for the last year has been investigating whether Gotti, whose real name is Irving Lorenzo, has financial ties to Kenneth McGriff, the convicted head of a notorious Queens, N.Y., drug gang called the Supreme Team.
August 21, 2003 |
The chief of Vivendi Universal rap label Murder Inc. agreed to enter a drug-diversion program in Oakland after his arrest last week on a charge of drug possession. Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, whose label is the target of a federal money-laundering probe, was arrested Friday at the Oakland Coliseum during a concert by R&B star R. Kelly. Lorenzo was charged with misdemeanor drug possession after guards backstage discovered one Ecstasy pill and four Viagra tablets in his wallet during a security check.
January 15, 2003 |
Expanding its investigation into the empire of music mogul Irv Gotti, federal authorities Tuesday seized the bank accounts of several companies involved in producing a soundtrack for his label's first film project, "Crime Partners." The movie was produced and co-written by Gotti's friend and business associate, Kenneth McGriff -- who also is the convicted head of a notorious New York City drug gang called the Supreme Team that dominated the crack trade in Jamaica, Queens, during the 1980s.
August 13, 2003 |
An associate of Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, the former drug lord whose ties with Vivendi Universal Inc.'s Murder Inc. label are under federal investigation, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in New York. Jon Ragin, a convicted drug trafficker, quietly negotiated a plea bargain last week with U.S. authorities in Brooklyn.