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WORLD
November 6, 2007 | Hector Tobar, Times Staff Writer
Alvaro Colom awoke Monday to the realization that an entire country of poor and desperate people was depending on him. Having won Guatemala's presidential election Sunday night, Colom will inherit a series of seemingly intractable problems when he takes office Jan. 14. Guatemala is one of the most troubled societies in Latin America. Thousands of its citizens migrate to the United States in search of work each year. Organized-crime groups have infiltrated many key government institutions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
A probe into Armenian organized crime in the San Fernando Valley resulted in the arrests Wednesday of five people who authorities say plotted to kill members of a rival group, even recruiting jail inmates to carry out hits. Glendale police, the FBI, sheriff's detectives and the National Insurance Crime Bureau began investigating what authorities described as a Glendale-based crime ring in March 2001.
NEWS
September 27, 1994 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salvatore (Sammy the Bull) Gravano, described by prosecutors as "the most significant witness in the history of organized crime in the United States" and whose testimony played a decisive role in incarcerating Mafia chieftain John Gotti for life, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison--even though he was implicated in 19 murders. The sentence imposed by federal Judge I.
NEWS
December 6, 2001 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors charged 73 members of the Genovese organized crime family in a major crackdown on the mob Wednesday with scores of offenses, including a plot to rob a $6-million payroll from the New York Times Co. Police praised an undercover detective they declined to identify who risked his life by infiltrating the group for 27 months and who contributed to the success of the massive investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2002 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An organized crime investigation continued to yield grisly discoveries Monday as authorities recovered a third slaying victim from the frigid depths of a Sierra foothills reservoir. The three bodies were pulled from the water below a pair of bridges that cross broad fingers of New Melones Reservoir east of Sonora.
WORLD
March 26, 2003 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
The government of Serbia said Tuesday that it had arrested the man suspected of firing the bullet that killed Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic two weeks ago. The alleged sniper, Zvezdan Jovanovic, was the deputy commander of a Serbian paramilitary group that had been established under former President Slobodan Milosevic and had ties to organized crime, said Serbia's new premier, Zoran Zivkovic. The group is accused of perpetrating some of the worst atrocities of the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s.
NEWS
January 11, 1989 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
U.S. Atty. Rudolph W. Giuliani, who has prosecuted Mafia chieftains, millionaire Wall Street insider traders, corrupt municipal officials and drug kingpins, announced Tuesday he would resign at the end of the month amid speculation he might run for mayor of New York City. Giuliani, 44, whose high-profile cases earned him a national reputation as a crime fighter, declined to disclose his future plans, but showed interest in continuing public service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1990 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Saying that the city "shouldn't help launder . . . mob money," San Diego City Councilman Bruce Henderson charged Thursday that the city's Housing Commission is preparing to buy two low-income housing complexes from a Florida businessman with a lengthy history of purported underworld connections. Complaining that the proposed $38.5-million sale could be a "major embarrassment for the city and just plain wrong," Henderson said that unless questions about Alvin I.
BUSINESS
November 26, 1997 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case that shows how the mob is trying to muscle in on Wall Street, a federal grand jury here indicted 19 men, including two reputed Mafia chieftains and several stockbrokers, in an alleged plot to manipulate the stock of an obscure Arizona company, prosecutors said Tuesday.
NEWS
May 20, 1991 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The aging Chinese men sit at five defense tables in the enormous courtroom, looking like retired businessmen. White-haired Wilson Moy, 74, the unofficial mayor of Chinatown, keeps adjusting his glasses and tugging his cardigan sweater tighter around him. Henry H. Fong, 69, is natty in a crisp white shirt and dark suit. As they listen, Sheu Mon Moy describes being dragged into Chinatown's city hall and beaten severely by members of a street gang called the Ghost Shadows.
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