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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1999 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal prosecutors have quietly dropped their case against a Los Angeles teacher who was accused of serving as a courier for Mexican Mafia leaders behind bars. Margaret Cheryl Farrell, 50, of Reseda was indicted on racketeering charges in July along with 40 suspected members of the Mexican Mafia. The charges against Farrell, who has been free on bond, were dismissed last week, Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, confirmed Tuesday.
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BUSINESS
February 27, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher and P.J. Huffstutter
Former SK Foods owner Frederick Scott Salyer pleaded not guilty Friday to federal racketeering and corruption charges for allegedly directing a decade-long scheme to quash competition, pay bribes and sell tomato products at inflated prices. The agribusiness executive, who entered his plea in a federal courtroom in Sacramento, is charged with violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, as well as conspiracy, obstruction of justice and four counts of wire fraud.
NEWS
November 13, 1987 | United Press International
Eight people were charged Thursday with racketeering in a $70,000-a-week drug-dealing operation on Staten Island, prosecutors said. Gregory Scarpa Jr., identified as a leader in the Colombo crime family, and seven others face racketeering charges involving at least two counts of murder, extortion, dealing in cocaine and marijuana and witness intimidation, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 2000 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG
Former Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash pleaded not guilty Monday to federal racketeering charges, including allegations that he ordered the 1981 murders of four people in a Laurel Canyon drug den. The 71-year-old Nash, who is in poor health, was tried for the murders twice in state court. A jury deadlocked in one trial and acquitted him in the second one.
NEWS
November 30, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A judge declared a mistrial in the racketeering case of three 1970s radicals, two days after they were cleared of charges of plotting to overthrow the government. U.S. District Judge William Young in Springfield, Mass., declared a mistrial after the jury was unable to decide whether the group's alleged bombing exploits constituted racketeering. Prosecutors claim that Raymond L. Levasseur, his wife, Patricia Gros Levasseur, and Richard C.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
For the second time in as many trials, a federal jury could not reach a verdict on racketeering charges against John A. Gotti, the son of the late Gambino crime family boss. A mistrial was declared and the man called "Junior" headed for home on Long Island. "Drained. I am drained, emotionally drained," Gotti said as he inched his way through the throng outside the courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Prosecutors said they intended to try Gotti, 42, a third time, and U.S.
NEWS
November 25, 1986 | United Press International
A New York City Democratic Party boss and three others were convicted today on racketeering and mail fraud charges in the worst corruption scandal to hit the city in 50 years. Bronx Democratic Party boss Stanley Friedman--who was charged with turning the city's Parking Violations Bureau into a racketeering enterprise for personal profit--was found guilty of one count each of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1985 | GEORGE RAMOS and JANE APPLEGATE, Times Staff Writers
A Los Angeles federal court jury Wednesday convicted an Upland man, described by prosecutors as the head of a Southern California loan-sharking and illegal bookmaking operation, on conspiracy and racketeering charges.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1999 | Associated Press
Three Aetna Inc. members and a consumer group sued the giant health-maintenance organization, claiming false advertising. It was believed to be the first lawsuit against an HMO under a federal anti-racketeering law. The suit, which seeks class-action status, claims Aetna attracted potential customers by saying it was dedicated to quality medical care. Instead, the suit alleges, the company encourages systemwide cost cutting that undermines medical care.
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