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H E L P

Postby fdipopolo » 01 Jun 2007, 23:13

HELP... Non conosco l'inglese!!
Aiutatemi a tradurre (o almeno a capire il significato) questo articolo!!!
Pleas Traslation that:

B.C. police take aim at OMG money
"Church is out," says Det Cst Kevin Torvik from the passenger seat of an idling, unmarked police truck.

Across the street, a few Nomads emerge from their fortified clubhouse near Vancouver’s gritty East End. The weekly meeting of elite Hells Angels is over and Torvik, a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) unit, watches as some of the world’s most prosperous bikers pile into new sports utility vehicles, a sports car and a Hummer.

Before the Nomads speed off into the nighttime fog, Torvik punches their license plate numbers into his laptop. The computer’s database shows details of current charges committed by some of these top bikers, such as cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking, and past offences such as aggravated assault.

Sgt Larry Butler, Torvik’s boss, looks up from the driver’s seat just as Gino Zumpano appears at the clubhouse door. Like many of these full-patch members, Zumpano has millions of dollars in assets. He plays the stock market and is one of the largest single shareholders in Brussels House of Chocolates. At a price of over $2 million, Zumpano recently added one more piece of real estate to his bulging portfolio: a giant, empty warehouse.

Members of the East End chapter, who have a clubhouse a few blocks away from the Nomads, show similar signs of wealth. Damiano Dipopolo, who is in his 30s, runs a clothing store and has several real estate holdings. He also holds millions of dollars in estimated assets.

Dipopolo lives in a nearby neighbourhood overlooking the Burrard Inlet — a tony area that Butler dubs "Dipopoloville" because the Hells Angel and his twin brother (an ex-East End prospect) have bought much of the real estate that surrounds the Angel’s gated, castle-like home.

All of the neighbourhood’s properties easily surpass the $500,000 mark.

This is only some of the territory covered by the VPD’s OMG unit: a three-man outfit with a big list of responsibilities, including the monitoring of Hells Angel activities around Vancouver-area clubhouses, investigating or assisting in the investigations of any crimes involving Vancouver Angels or associates, and cultivating sources from within the OMG world.

After a walk-through of the Drake Hotel, a bar and strip club where the East End chapter’s president John Bryce runs a numbered company, Butler and Torvik drive down some of the dingy alleyways a few blocks away-the type that crawl with rats and are almost always filled with drug addicts looking for a quick fix of crack or heroin.

"This is where a lot of the Hells Angels dope ends up," says Butler as his truck rolls past groups of junkies, prostitutes and one of the city’s safe-injection sites.

Cutting off the tentacles
This snapshot of West Coast biker life illustrates the fact that Vancouver is home to some of the world’s wealthiest and well-connected Hells Angels. Some of the top East Enders and Nomads have contacts in the upper echelons of business and government. Other members have connections or are employed at the city’s main port to ensure drug shipments make it to their intended recipients.

"Their tentacles spread so far," says Torvik of the bikers’ extended reach into all corners of society.

As expected, cutting those tentacles off is not an easy task. Proving that any of the bikers’ assets were purchased through ill-gotten gains has presented a formidable challenge for the province’s police forces.

In the past, many top Hells Angels members in the Vancouver area successfully insulated themselves from the crimes they ordered. They are also well-versed in money laundering schemes, making the burden of proof in proceeds-of-crime cases very onerous indeed, says Insp Andy Richards with B.C.’s Organized Crime Agency who is currently seconded to the province’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC).

Making a difference to any proceeds case is the amount of support police receive in the area of forensic accounting, adds VPD D/Chief Cst Max Chalmers. Such support is critical since, "after the charges are laid, it’s a real challenge to go back and untangle the web of financial transactions to determine where the money came from, where it went, and how we best seize those assets and reclaim the money," he says.

Meanwhile, Hells Angels spokesmen continue to claim their organization is just a motorbike club with members who pay mortgages and work hard at legitimate businesses like everyone else. After all, they argue, if they have amassed the wealth that police say they have, why are they working? Wouldn’t they just retire?

They don’t because they often depend on legitimate businesses to hide assets that were acquired through proceeds of crime, argues Richards.

When it comes to fighting this pattern of events, the police do enjoy support from other organizations. For example, the province’s liquor licensing authority denies outlaw bikers the means to launder money through businesses by rejecting any new applications that come from any member or associate of the Hells Angels.

The same goes for licence transfers or those licences that are up for renewal. Under the province’s policy guidelines, licences are not issued to anyone who is a member of, or associated with, an organized crime group. As well, any licence application is rejected if the authority finds it’s funded by a criminal source.

Pursuing the paper trail RCMP Supt Marianne Ryan, chief officer of CFSEU-BC, makes it clear that the province’s police agencies are fully prepared to go after any money made from crime, even if this means going abroad to follow the paper trail.

"When they move the money offshore, it complicates things, but doesn’t make it impossible for us [to do our work]," she says, pointing to bilateral or multi-national asset-sharing agreements.

"Our Department of Justice can say [to another country], ‘The money’s in your bank account, and we can prove it’s illicit money from drug trafficking up here. We can seek forfeiture of that money and agree to share the reward.’"

Proceeds-of-crime investigations can also benefit from the efforts of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to which G-7 members, and several other countries, belong. Part of the FATF’s mandate is to curb money-laundering by developing harmonized systems in each of the member countries.

"We’re approaching this on a global level," Ryan says. "There are no boundaries [for these people]. They will go wherever they can, and we must do the same."

East End Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo (left) and Nomad Gino Zumpano.
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Re: H E L P

Postby wldspirit » 02 Jun 2007, 00:06

How did you end up with this?????

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Re: H E L P

Postby nuccia » 02 Jun 2007, 03:02

Dove avete ottenuto questo articolo?
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Re: H E L P

Postby wldspirit » 02 Jun 2007, 03:57

Thanks Nuccia......... :D Only thing I can think of is when the Italian surnames must have been googled, or something similar, this article came up........
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Re: H E L P

Postby nuccia » 02 Jun 2007, 04:08

You're probably right!

I left you a message on about that problem you were having. Did you see it?
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Re: H E L P

Postby wldspirit » 02 Jun 2007, 04:34

Sure did.....hopping back and forth!!!!
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Re: H E L P

Postby fdipopolo » 02 Jun 2007, 09:20

Lo ho trovato su internet. Ma perchè mi chiedete dove l'ho trovato, qual'è il problema?
Potete dirmi cosa significa, o almeno chi è e cosa fa questo DiPopolo che viene nominato nell'articolo?
Se ci sono problemi, potete scrivermi fdipopolo@yahoo.it
Vi prego, aiutatemi, altrimenti non capirò mai cosa è scritto!!!
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Re: H E L P

Postby fdipopolo » 02 Jun 2007, 09:28

fdipopolo wrote:HELP... Non conosco l'inglese!!
Aiutatemi a tradurre (o almeno a capire il significato) questo articolo!!!
Pleas Traslation that:

B.C. police take aim at OMG money
"Church is out," says Det Cst Kevin Torvik from the passenger seat of an idling, unmarked police truck.

Across the street, a few Nomads emerge from their fortified clubhouse near Vancouver’s gritty East End. The weekly meeting of elite Hells Angels is over and Torvik, a member of the Vancouver Police Department’s outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) unit, watches as some of the world’s most prosperous bikers pile into new sports utility vehicles, a sports car and a Hummer.

Before the Nomads speed off into the nighttime fog, Torvik punches their license plate numbers into his laptop. The computer’s database shows details of current charges committed by some of these top bikers, such as cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking, and past offences such as aggravated assault.

Sgt Larry Butler, Torvik’s boss, looks up from the driver’s seat just as Gino Zumpano appears at the clubhouse door. Like many of these full-patch members, Zumpano has millions of dollars in assets. He plays the stock market and is one of the largest single shareholders in Brussels House of Chocolates. At a price of over $2 million, Zumpano recently added one more piece of real estate to his bulging portfolio: a giant, empty warehouse.

Members of the East End chapter, who have a clubhouse a few blocks away from the Nomads, show similar signs of wealth. Damiano Dipopolo, who is in his 30s, runs a clothing store and has several real estate holdings. He also holds millions of dollars in estimated assets.

Dipopolo lives in a nearby neighbourhood overlooking the Burrard Inlet — a tony area that Butler dubs "Dipopoloville" because the Hells Angel and his twin brother (an ex-East End prospect) have bought much of the real estate that surrounds the Angel’s gated, castle-like home.

All of the neighbourhood’s properties easily surpass the $500,000 mark.

This is only some of the territory covered by the VPD’s OMG unit: a three-man outfit with a big list of responsibilities, including the monitoring of Hells Angel activities around Vancouver-area clubhouses, investigating or assisting in the investigations of any crimes involving Vancouver Angels or associates, and cultivating sources from within the OMG world.

After a walk-through of the Drake Hotel, a bar and strip club where the East End chapter’s president John Bryce runs a numbered company, Butler and Torvik drive down some of the dingy alleyways a few blocks away-the type that crawl with rats and are almost always filled with drug addicts looking for a quick fix of crack or heroin.

"This is where a lot of the Hells Angels dope ends up," says Butler as his truck rolls past groups of junkies, prostitutes and one of the city’s safe-injection sites.

Cutting off the tentacles
This snapshot of West Coast biker life illustrates the fact that Vancouver is home to some of the world’s wealthiest and well-connected Hells Angels. Some of the top East Enders and Nomads have contacts in the upper echelons of business and government. Other members have connections or are employed at the city’s main port to ensure drug shipments make it to their intended recipients.

"Their tentacles spread so far," says Torvik of the bikers’ extended reach into all corners of society.

As expected, cutting those tentacles off is not an easy task. Proving that any of the bikers’ assets were purchased through ill-gotten gains has presented a formidable challenge for the province’s police forces.

In the past, many top Hells Angels members in the Vancouver area successfully insulated themselves from the crimes they ordered. They are also well-versed in money laundering schemes, making the burden of proof in proceeds-of-crime cases very onerous indeed, says Insp Andy Richards with B.C.’s Organized Crime Agency who is currently seconded to the province’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC).

Making a difference to any proceeds case is the amount of support police receive in the area of forensic accounting, adds VPD D/Chief Cst Max Chalmers. Such support is critical since, "after the charges are laid, it’s a real challenge to go back and untangle the web of financial transactions to determine where the money came from, where it went, and how we best seize those assets and reclaim the money," he says.

Meanwhile, Hells Angels spokesmen continue to claim their organization is just a motorbike club with members who pay mortgages and work hard at legitimate businesses like everyone else. After all, they argue, if they have amassed the wealth that police say they have, why are they working? Wouldn’t they just retire?

They don’t because they often depend on legitimate businesses to hide assets that were acquired through proceeds of crime, argues Richards.

When it comes to fighting this pattern of events, the police do enjoy support from other organizations. For example, the province’s liquor licensing authority denies outlaw bikers the means to launder money through businesses by rejecting any new applications that come from any member or associate of the Hells Angels.

The same goes for licence transfers or those licences that are up for renewal. Under the province’s policy guidelines, licences are not issued to anyone who is a member of, or associated with, an organized crime group. As well, any licence application is rejected if the authority finds it’s funded by a criminal source.

Pursuing the paper trail RCMP Supt Marianne Ryan, chief officer of CFSEU-BC, makes it clear that the province’s police agencies are fully prepared to go after any money made from crime, even if this means going abroad to follow the paper trail.

"When they move the money offshore, it complicates things, but doesn’t make it impossible for us [to do our work]," she says, pointing to bilateral or multi-national asset-sharing agreements.

"Our Department of Justice can say [to another country], ‘The money’s in your bank account, and we can prove it’s illicit money from drug trafficking up here. We can seek forfeiture of that money and agree to share the reward.’"

Proceeds-of-crime investigations can also benefit from the efforts of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), to which G-7 members, and several other countries, belong. Part of the FATF’s mandate is to curb money-laundering by developing harmonized systems in each of the member countries.

"We’re approaching this on a global level," Ryan says. "There are no boundaries [for these people]. They will go wherever they can, and we must do the same."

East End Hells Angel Damiano Dipopolo (left) and Nomad Gino Zumpano.
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Re: H E L P

Postby suanj » 02 Jun 2007, 18:05

assalto aggravato, traffico di cocaina, bisca nei club da parte di alcuni nomadi in Vancouver... il capo sembra Gino Zumpano; Damiano Di Popolo idem, con un market di abbigliamento e beni immobili( al pari di Zumpano) e fanno la vita da gran signori con macchine di lusso e beni azionari.. si sospetta che il traffico di droga sia connesso ai summenzionati, che sono " padroni" di un quartiere della città.. la polizia vuole tagliare i tentacoli di questa gente che si sono appropriati di grossa parte del mercato azionario e di beni immobili con lo sfruttamento della prostituzione e la droga... ma l'operazione è complessa perchè bisogna dimostrare da dove i soldi sono venuti... e frutto di riciclaggio di denaro sporco...anche oltreoceano, e si tenta un accordo internazionale per dimostrare l'accusa...
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Re: H E L P

Postby fdipopolo » 02 Jun 2007, 19:18

O mio Dio... grazie per la traduzione...
la prossima volta mi coviene non viaggiare così tanto in Internet!!!
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Re: H E L P

Postby nuccia » 02 Jun 2007, 23:51

Thanks suanj..

There was no way I could even pretend to translate that!
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Postby suanj » 03 Jun 2007, 04:56

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