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  1. It starts right after the trial against one of the biggest importation companies - and no, this time they weren't really importing drugs and shit. So, there was a fat asshole and a journalist in the back of a yellow cab. The mustache of the Muslim taxi driver on the rear-view couldn't say if he was looking at them or just driving on, it was just hot. Hell kind-a hot. The fat guy was wearing a pretty expensive suit - we could say about to 20 hundred bucks on that suit. He was sweating, and barely had hair on his head. Fuck, he was not good looking, but he had other ways, as it seems. You could only hear his stuffy voice going loud - "It was about Friday, 5th of January, wasn't it? Or was it February? Ah, they both sound the same, give me a break - The thing is, at the beginning of 2017, I was released from custody. They had me in for 4 days. It was jail, man, there was smelly people and hookers. Street fucking hookers. They asked about the cocaine in my car, and they had my name and my company's. They asked questions about the company's income, and I took the Fifth. I didn't even know what I was stopped for, and they stripped me all the way up to down. And I tell you, that cocaine? It's not my problem if my brother is addicted, alright? That is a health care problem! The government should deal with it!". And after listening to that, I'm pretty sure even the cab driver knows who that fucker is - That's Aldington. Alphonse fucking Aldington, and he's talking about Charles Aldington, he's pretty well known as his shady brother. Known for all the shenanigans that would go down in every where he'd be. He wouldn't be scared of jail, he actually been there some times, and probably know some of the hookers Alphonse is talking about. The thing is, that guy was getting interviewed by one of the biggest magazines in Los Santos, and they would put every word he say in paper. You know why? Because he's got his ways with words. He is almost a politician, well educated, so much that he knows how to fool the IRS as a professional. His company, Aldington Imports & Exports was being trial for securities fraud, corporate fraud, and money laundering. And as funny as it sounds, things weren't going good for the Aldington Brothers at the time they committed their crimes. First of all, it's probably never a good thing to do business with your family. The last time this was a thing, the FBI had almost all of the Mafias down and in jail for a long time, really long time. And when they started that it was because they got locked up for other crimes. When did it become a solution to be a criminal? I mean, they were just like mischievous kids. They got about to two years for battery assault after beating up a trucker for money. And right after they leave jail, they think they can run their father's company and just solve it all avoiding taxes? Hell no. THIS is America, buddy. You can not avoid taxes - neither extort truckers, of course, this isn't '50 Jimmy Hoffa era. But these guys were dumb, and it's not cool when influencing dumb people talk. He continued with the interview, telling all about how the government wasn't liking how much money they were making while being good white people and not giving it back to the people - "So let's say I really did avoid taxes, huh? That don't give a damn right for them to take out people's job, right? Look at the many people that will go unemployed if we lose this?! This is non sense!", and on he goes with his stuffy fatso voice. But that's just a shortage. In less than a year, after he won the trial and got away paying just a small fee, his brothers tried to show that they didn't learn that lesson. Alphonse and Charles had a little brother. The little brother was a lost kid from Detroit, where the family actually is from. The kid didn't want to go to college, neither get a job. Their mother just sent him over to his brother to do something with his life. We once heard of him in a situation. Some dude got into an argument with Alphonse over payment for his transports with Aldington trucks, and after all, he paid whatever he wanted and left the place. Later that day, we got Charles and him, the kid, it was Pete they called him - They stole and thrashed the dude's car while taking pictures of it. They got away with two days in jail for that. That was when we got to know Peter Aldington. And, as I said, the magazine wanted to publish Alphonse's words as it's a good way to make profit in the news business. We didn't want that. And we could say Alphonse and his brothers were helping us out - not directly, of course. These guys use to work with the police as a last resource, but they still do at some point, ain't that funny? They met with a really smart guy. A black guy, for what this matters. He was a business specialist, if you can say that. But he really had hands for that work, and he was the one that kept these three guys out of jail while doing dirty money business with importation and exportation in the docks. He was the manager. We only go to know his name later, when he was already making big contacts for the Aldington Corporation, as they were starting to call themselves. Aaaaand, I assume you have heard of the term 'white collar', right? Not the good one. White collar crimes. They began to be popular in the 40s, and after that, we been hunting down big corps and their evil suits. There is a saying in this field of investigation that goes like, if it's too good to be true, it usually is. Basically their company was doing too good, thanks to the black guy - and oh, he was Isaac Hilton, a soccer fanatic and proud to be a black entrepreneur. He associated with the Aldingtons, and guess what? He managed to get these guys a lot of money through the wrong way, and all of that while keeping it clean. And, when they wanted to do dirty work? They'd call a gay blondie for that matter. He would mess anybody's face in the blink of an eye for talking loud to the Aldington. He was their hiring gun - Leon Porcher. They were too clean, and had it all set. But we were waiting for the right time... One week before the magazine was going to publish their interview with Alphonse Aldington on the cover, we busted them. It was during working time, noon. They were having a meeting with some shady people from Downtown. We knew them too - it was a group of clumsy mobster, we wouldn't even call that Organized Crime, really. We blasted through the door, and two or three men had firearms and shot at us, but they were down really quick. And one of them was Leon Porcher, Alphonse's best hands on dirty matters, unfortunately. What lead us to them? It was easy. Hill wasn't perfect, he was just good. The IRS sent us a paper about how Hill was doing his maneuvers to deal with all Alphonse's problems, and we also had some cues on Porcher - we basically used their best guys as a work case and Charles - that mess. Two days before that meeting,the LSPD caught Charles in an incident where he accidentally killed a prostitute in the act. He was drunk and reacted badly with the cops, he tried to fight them both and made a really bad decision of trying to go for one of the cop's guns. He was shot in sight and died. With the IRS papers, we could keep Alphonse and his group in for a long time, even if they would pay for his damages - which was funny, because they couldn't afford it after all. His company was in a deep debt after the IRS papers was released, and they were going through some financial trouble after a good ending. In the end the magazine gave up on publishing their interview as Alphonse, Peter and Isaac were caught for racketeering, money laundering - again, bank fraud and wire fraud with shares of the company. That got them around only 4 years in, each, with a huge debt to pay afterwards. Isaac made a deal and got his sentence reduced for 2 years. He increased Alphonse's time for plus 2 years, and gave in all of the company's fraud and other companies they'd work with. He left in 2019 and was hired as a columnist for a news paper. Peter got out after the family's lawyer managed to released him earlier, and you won't believe - he got out in the end of 2020 and ran away with all of the secure fund Alphonse had with both brothers, and is probably in Europe by now, from what we know. Guess a lost kid is always gonna be a troubled lost kid, right? And the good news is that Alphonse is about to be released this year. I don't know what you guys shall wait for, but I'll keep doing my job, you bet. Surveillance on the Aldington Family and part of their group during a business trip to L. Vegas. Out of Character Information The whole group context follows on In Character events from other server(universe IC'ly) - and it's a hell of a good reading too, if I were you, I'd give it a try - and we plan to continue it here, and let it go with what happens. Despite the group name being highlighted as a Gang in it's title, we're not necessarily an explicit Criminal Group, our characters are more of a white collar criminals, it's only a title, let's say something the investigators would name. That also doesn't mean we could not evolve deep into crime, but we'd like to take it step by step and totally In Character. We like to have a good role playing environment and keeping it totally In Character during our plays. We are also not really accepting any scripted membership to the group - that means if you want to role play with us, you'd have to go In Character and develop anything that can make you reasonably part of the thing, and we play under the server rules at all time. We like to see things being developed In Character, and to deeply involve our character's life with the environment we're playing in. You still can contact any of us for guidance if you really want to join us ICly. Keep in mind that this is just something we're doing for fun, and we are all grown up people by now that only plays in their little free time - for fun. So, that might say we'll not be fully active, but still are gonna keep a decent activity to keep the group alive enough for us and other people role play with. Have fun! Hope you enjoy our role play.
  2. Alan Kelly This thread will follow the story of Alan Kelly, a recently paroled inmate of the State.
  3. Bookmaking Operations in the 21st Century Scott Meisner • Los Santos Daily News • 29th April, 2021 Sports Betting is ingrained in U.S Culture The desire to bet on sports has a long history in the United States, dating back to 1665 when the first horse racetrack was built. This has historically been captured through the illegal sports betting market, with placed bets measuring around $150 billion last year (based on government-commissioned reports). The dynamic changed when the Supreme Court overturned the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May 2018, allowing states to legally offer sports betting. Since then, 22 states and the District of Columbia have legalized athletic wagering, and we expect another 17 states will do so by 2023. How do the laws regarding legality look like in the State of San Andreas? The California Gambling Law, Regulations and Resource Book states that residents of California must be 21 years of age or older to part-take in online casinos, gambling lounges, or sportsbooks. It also states that at this time, it is illegal to start your own gambling business in this state (S.A. would be the same). With the rise of online gambling and legalization of sports betting spreading to more and more States, why is the regular street bookie still relevant? Until there is a betting shop on every street corner in the U.S, bookies will still be the go-to guys. Why is that so? •ACCESSIBILITY Working with a bookmaker, you have the ability to place down a bet immediately. A bookie offers benefits that an online casino generally wouldn't be able to offer. Got your hands on some insider information regarding a team, and you wanna change your bet in the last couple of minutes before the game start? You're free to do so. A bookmaker offers flexible betting hours, along with fast responses. •CREDIT Gambling will always be driven by the customer. The guy that has no money in his pocket is still gonna call the local bookmaker to bet, because he could bet with no money. Bookmakers offer flexible credit policies, suiting the gambler. Other Comments The whole concept of sports betting may be confusing for some however I recommend you to try it out and you'll get the hang of it. In my opinion, it's an underrated type of gambling roleplay which lags severely behind the regular types of gambling like poker or blackjack. People like to get hung up on the Mafia aspect of this, and would rather not risk their money. This is being done on a somewhat of a Mafia-connected character, however most bookies in the U.S have some connection to organized crime, whether that be for protection purposes or some other benefits. Credits to Anthony Scuopo of LS-RP for the thread layout idea.
  4. Rouben Sevacherian (born August 18th, 1985) is a 34 year old criminal figure of Armenian heritage. Although born in Yerevan, Armenia; Rouben spent a majority of his life in the neighborhood of Morningwood, Los Santos. The community, widely referred to as Los Santos' Little Armenia, is home to a modern age organized criminal enterprise known as Armenian Power or West Side Armenian Power Gang (W/S AP Gang). Rouben, known by associates as the moniker "Camel", has openly displayed ties to the gang since his teenage years, but has more recently graduated into firearms distribution and white collar crimes including credit card fraud and fake investment schemes. This change in modus operandi is suspected to be in part due to his connection with alleged members of the criminal society vory v zakone. Rouben currently serves as a chieftain in the Armenian Power off-branch dubbed by law enforcement as the Yuzbashyan-Sevacherian Organization. Rouben was born in the summer of 1985 to working class parents in Yerevan, Armenia. His mother, Mila Boldyreva, hailed from a Russian-background family whose history in Armenia started when the Soviets seized control of the nation in the ‘20s. She worked as a seamstress for a local market while his father, Isahak Sevacherian, worked closely with Ameriabank as an investment banker. As a child, Rouben only spent a few short years in Yerevan before his father relocated the family to Lebanon. This move occurred just after 1991, when the Red curtain fell and ex-Soviet satellite countries were once again made more accessible to immigration. At this time, Isahak accepted a more profitable position within Lebanon’s national bank, Banque du Liban, which allowed his wife to remove herself from the workforce to raise their family from home and home school Rouben. Mila became pregnant with the family’s second child when Rouben was at the age of 10. It was at this time the family immigrated to Los Santos, San Andreas to the community of Morningwood. Life as a foreign-born youth, fresh in the soil of America, was undoubtedly difficult for young Rouben. He was placed into the public school system where his parents both hoped he would gain a new cultural identity as an American and fit in better with his peers in their new home. However in the turbulent racial atmosphere of 1990s Los Santos, Rouben was exposed to more than just a new language and more Westernized culture. The school systems within West Vinewood were breeding grounds for various troubled youth navigating their way through the gangland of Los Santos. Blacks, Hispanics, and even whites cliqued together in the hallways, cafeterias, and playgrounds - each with the same goal of looking out for their own people. However, there was a new group cultivating in the turmoil which was born and bred in the immigrant community of Morningwood. At the time, it was merely a group of Armenian and soviet-bloc youth reaching out to protect one another from the abuse of other teens. Rouben was swept up into this clique by some older teens who saw familiar traits in him that they’d seen in themselves. They remembered the struggle of fitting in with a new culture and bared the scars to tell the tale. What seemed somewhat selfless and positive at the time was indeed the roots of Armenian Power within Los Santos. The group escalated from this into typical gang behavior throughout the late ‘90s and into the 2000s. They claimed terrirtory with vandalism and graffiti, harassed other races, committed robberies, dipped into the drug trade like one would associate with a group of this nature. For Rouben, now nearing adulthood, the gang gave him an identity - something her very much struggled to obtain when he first moved to America. He saw the gang lifestyle and who he was as an individual as one in the same, which ultimately led to a dissociation from his immigrant parents. They shunned Rouben for his choices and with the passing of his kid brother (Manuel Sevacherian) to leukemia in 2006; Rouben lost touch with those who raised him. At twenty one, Rouben left his parents domicile and sought out refuge with his fellow gang members, spending a number of years couch surfing throughout Morningwood and North Vinewood. This was a considerably dark chapter of his life, given his younger brother’s death and the exile from his family that he faced. With little to show for himself, no formal education, no livable jobs, no place of his own, he sought refuge in the streets. Alongside senior AP member Davit “Caterpillar” Avetisyan, Rouben would participate in armed robbery and fencing stolen car parts as means to feed himself and afford certain luxuries. Davit introduced Rouben to circles of criminals such as vory v zakone which provided the pair with criminal opportunity above the typical gang MO. One individual in particular, a supposed "crowned" thief-in-law known by the moniker "Benzin" took a piece of their earnings in exchange for access to overseas buyers of stolen car parts. This allowed Rouben the means to construct a solid reputation among other like minded criminals under the flag of Armenian Power, eventually landing himself some status among the gang's senior members as a "gor." However, the risky behavior and gang activity was bound to teach Rouben a hard lesson about consequences. He and Davit were caught in 2010 evading police after committing a vehicle theft, landing Rouben with a sentence of nine months plus an additi pional year for the value of the vehicle exceeding $65,000 while Davit received a sentence of two years due to prior convictions. There was no plea bargains at stake; their unwillingness to cooperate along with the not guilty plea being dismantled in court sent the pair on a scholarship to con college, served by Twin Towers county jail. Inside the county lock up, Rouben and Davit would brush elbows with various cliques from the gangland of Los Santos. The southerners, or surenos, held the most influence of all. They ran the yard with an iron fist, backed by the black hand of La eMe under a Rene "Bosko" Blajos. Davit was easily influenced by the likes of Blajos who provided a pipeline of drugs through his network beyond prison walls and the promise of protection, while Rouben understood the lure of false promise could likely land him in a cycle of additional prison time. He used his sentence as a lesson, speaking with various lifers about the crimes they regret and choices they wish they had made. He began to idolize those who spent a lifetime committing crimes in the backs of others, taking advantage of holes in the system to keep themselves fed and safe. At the end of their sentence, Davit and Rouben had split into separate cells of the overall umbrella organization. Davit took the plunge into the pool of eMe influence, bringing about the presence of "AP-13" who paid street tax to the Blajos' Street Crew and ultimately embraced the sureno lifestyle. Rouben on the other hand left Twin Towers with a hunger for status - status which he believed was held in the hands of he and Davit's former co-conspirator Vrej "Benzin" Yuzbashyan. His "stem" of the Armenian Power organization would become known as West Side (W/S) Armenian Power - a group which maintained connections to the Russian mafia and Eurasian organized crime. Upon his return to Morningwood, Rouben reconnected with AP which had noticed a shift in membership in his absence. Half of his former affiliates decided to follow Davit into the sureno side of the organization while others either split into their own earner crews or represented the gang's original roots. Rouben sought out Vrej Yuzbashyan and was introduced to other figures within the sphere of Eurasian organized crime. In exchange for access to firearms and protection, it was agreed that under Vrej's watchful eye, Rouben would seize control of the splintered gang and act as a chieftain - linking the organized criminals and their services to the gang and the muscle which they could provide. At first tension was apparent between the two groups. Although Rouben and Davit remained on friendly terms due to their relationship and bond fostered through their youth, members would often engage in petty disputes due to their differences. Ultimately, the sureno representation overall would cease to exist as of 2018. These days, the gang roots are somewhat diluted due to a more prominent presence of organized crime within the Armenian community. Tattoos are still used to signify status within the community in L.S. though they no longer hold the same style of representation as they did in the past. Instances exist of individuals who earn their ink through criminal contribution, but others who simply wear the term "Armenian Power" as a term of ethnic pride and endearment. Through Vrej, Rouben fostered his own criminal venture; a credit card fraud ring. At first he started small with devices known to authorities as "Lebanese Loops." These little sleeves would slip into the card slots of ATMs and withhold a victim's credit card once inserted, refusing to eject it from the machine. Through this scheme Rouben would make several thousand dollars, skimming what he could before ultimately selling the credentials to criminals of higher stature. Eventually this scheme would become more sophisticated, allowing Rouben to purchase advanced card skimming units with potential to gather more information than a simple Lebanese Loop. The gang was able to keep itself off the radar of law enforcement throughout its rebuild, due in part to the attention received by the neighboring AP-13 clique and the downfall of "Bosko" Blajos' eMe empire. With the limelight focused elsewhere, W/S AP began establishing new key players such as Arman Vartanian, Arshen Markosyan, Gevork Karayan, brothers Vardan and Levon Gasparyan, and others who Rouben would absorb under his influence. The group dabbled in areas of crime such as extortion, drug trafficking, marijuana grow ops, prostitution, and fraud. The cooperative ad hoc group with Rouben and Vrej at the helm was dubbed as the Yuzbashyan-Sevacherian Organization, suggesting an existence of multiple groups involved on various levels.
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