The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that dozens were arrested and nearly 100 charged in a massive operation involving federal and local law enforcement authorities targeting Armenian organized crime, particularly members of the street gang, Armenian Power.
At least 74 reputed members of the Armenian Power organized crime gang were charged Wednesday in a fraud scheme that cost Southern California victims at least $20 million, law enforcement officials said, reported the LA Times.
Authorities said members of Armenian Power, or AP, face criminal charges with potential sentences ranging from a few years to life in prison, according to LA Times.
A total of 99 members have been charged in two federal indictments and by the Los Angeles County district attorney with crimes including racketeering, extortion, kidnapping, drug trafficking and identity theft, reported the LA Times.
Asbarez is following this developing story. Read the LA Times story here.