A wannabe rapper who had about 300 pairs of Air Jordans when he was busted as part of a 25-member identity theft ring, the Daily News has learned.
“S**t like taking candy from a baby… I had the neon s**t, the vest, hanging from the waist like it was a bandana,” Carlton Carter, said in an intercepted call on Feb. 25, after he pretended to be a construction worker at a New Jersey TD Bank and ripped off an actual contractor, according to papers filed by the Manhattan District Attorney.
The stunt was uncovered as part of a probe into a roughly $80,000 swindle involving over a dozen Manhattan banks – mostly Chase and Citibank – that culminated in dozens of collars Tuesday. Carter, 30, and his cohorts are expected to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday.
Through search warrants, the DA and NYPD recovered weapons, ammunition, $100,000 in cash, kilos of heroin and other incriminating finds from members of the ring, authorities said.
In the 36-count ID theft case, the defendants face scheme to defraud, grand larceny, criminal facilitation and a litany of other counts. The accused swindlers were allegedly instructed by Carter to wear disguises as they deposited and cashed bogus checks, sometimes using stolen accounts and fake IDs.
In Carter’s low-budget YouTube music video called “Shoppin,” he is being dragged around by a floor length fur wearing woman in a mini-skirt – who is taking him to Louis Vuitton and other high end retailers on Fifth Ave. as he rhymes his complaints about money-hungry women.
Authorities believe any money he had in reality would have come from defrauding local branches of major banks. Carter and his accomplices got victim’s account numbers from Melissa Peguro, a Pay-O-Matic employee in the Bronx who was also charged.
At least 45 bank accounts have been compromised.
In a parallel drug case allegedly headed by Carter’s bank fraud partner Thomas Luckey, 14 others were charged with dealing street drugs and acquiring thousands of prescription pills like Oxycodone per month in what is believed to be the first major prescription drug ring operating in Harlem.
The crew was allegedly filling a steady stream of bogus prescriptions through the now-shuttered ProHealth Pharmacy in Jackson Heights with the help of alleged inside man John Babajhanov, 20.
It is not immediately clear whether doctors had their prescription pads heisted — or if they were in on the scam.
District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said criminals are following the money wherever it leads them.
“These crimes are merging as thieves are realizing that they they’re looking for money they’re selling drugs,” Vance said. “At the same time they’re opportunistic and they’re going to get easy money by creating forged ids and forged checks.”
El intérprete fue atacado por un comando armado cuando comía en un restaurante de Ciudad Obregón
Seis sujetos armados acribillaron y dieron muerte a Tomás Tovar Rascón, mejor conocido como “Tito Torbellino”, cantante de música grupera que se presentaría este viernes en la Expo Obregón 2014.
El cantante originario de Phoenix, Arizona, cuyos padres son nativos de Ciudad Obregón, fue atacado por el comando armado cuando comía acompañado de otras dos personas en un establecimiento de comida oriental, ubicado por la calle Guerrero, frente a la plaza Tutuli de Ciudad Obregón.
Tito fue trasladado a bordo de la patrulla 132 al Hospital General del Estado, pero falleció en el trayecto, al no soportar las heridas de bala que le impactaron en la cabeza y en el cuerpo.
Los hechos ocurrieron alrededor de las 15:30 horas, donde testigos de los hechos revelaron que el grupo de sicarios llegó y disparó a corta distancia al cantante, para darse rápidamente a la fuga.
Posterior a la agresión, fue llevado de urgencia a un hospital de la localidad, donde fue declarado muerto.
Agentes de distintas corporaciones policiales y militares arribaron al lugar. Autoridades informaron que en estos momentos se le practica la autopsia de ley.
El restaurantes está ubicado en la calle Guerrero, esquina con California.
El cantante de música grupera fue trasladado al hospital gravemente herido pero, en el camino murió.
Los testigos dicen que Tito estaba comiendo cuando un grupo de sicarios le disparó a la cabeza y en el pecho con un arma calibre 40
Thomas Rascon Tovar is known as Tito Whirlwind, was shot and killed this day in a restaurant.
The restaurant is located in Guerrero Street, corner of California.
Banda music singer was taken to hospital seriously injured but died on the way.
Witnesses say Tito was eating when a group of gunmen shot him in the head and chest with a 40 caliber gun
here at bishopdeville.com salute Luke for continuing his sexsessful career…as for the rest of the world ….welll…
A North St. Louis County club owner says he’s disgusted after what was supposed to be a clothing contest turned into live sex acts in the crowded venue.
Last Friday, rapper Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell from the controversial Miami hip-hop group 2 Live Crew was hired by the club Sound Bar, in the 11000 block of W. Florissant, to judge a short shorts contest.
Instead, he offered $1,000 to women to perform oral sex on each other.
Club manager Robert Hughes tells KMOX News several women rushed forward to compete.
He says it took several minutes before a club rep stopped what was happening, but not before some women performed oral sex on each other while others in the crowd used their cell phones to record it.
Christ the King United Church of Christ pastor Rev. Traci Blackmon saw the video after someone posted it on her Facebook page.
“Have we become such a voyeuristic population that we would take people’s shame and then post it publicly for other people to then talk about how wretched they are?” she asks.
Blackmon is concerned that people recorded the acts and that no audience members tried to stop it, and she’s worried for the women who would “degrade themselves.”
“You have to be broken in some way to come to that,” she says.
Blackmon had questioned how to shut the club down, but says she is pleased Hughes has issued a statement taking ownership. She and Hughes will meet next week to reach out to the women involved.
Hughes says he’s disgusted and wants women to know this is not how they should conduct themselves.
Sound Bar posted a statement about the incident to their Facebook page Tuesday afternoon:
“On Friday, May 23, 2014, entities involved with the SoundBar solicited the services of Luther Campbell. The services involved Mr. Campbell judging a contest involving clothing reminiscent of late 90′s attire. The individual with the best attire was to be awarded a sum of $1,000. This was a promotional event to attract more customers to the venue. It was documented, as well as implied through various channels that this was entirely a promotion involving attire. There was no premeditated motions or directions for the event that took place that evening to be enacted in a distasteful manner. Luther Campbell took the microphone and began to give his own direction. Luther Campbell offered contestants award money equaling $1,000 if they would began to perform lewd acts. After minutes of this activity a representative of the SoundBar intervened and stopped Mr. Campbell before he could go any further. At this time, Mr. Campbell and associates have been banned from the SoundBar. SoundBar, it’s management, and representatives do not condone, and rather detest the character, actions, and directions of Mr. Campbell. SoundBar, and any entity doing business with SoundBar, is under the complete understanding that this is not the direction that this place of entertainment wants to take. SoundBar is instituting strict guidelines to be enacted, starting immediately. SoundBar and it’s management will be donating a monetary gesture to local churches whom are dealing with the development of young women. Also, we will be offering our services to any organization needing a venue for fundraisers dealing with health, development, or betterment of women. Once again we stress this is not the vision SoundBar had at it’s conception, and we are dedicated to resuming the concept that has guided our focus before the serious issues that became prevalent on that night.
a renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.
She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.
A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor.
She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out at age 14, instead becoming the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.
Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess.” In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.”
In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and also played a queen in “The Blacks,” an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.
Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
“I created myself,” she has said. “I have taught myself so much.”
Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas.
The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him.
“My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said.
From the silence, a louder voice was born.
Her list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as “sister friend.” She counted Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the Civil Rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.
Angelou spoke at least six languages, and worked at one time as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. During that period, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” launching the first in a series of autobiographical books.
“I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine … before she realizes she’s reading,” Angelou said.
She was also one of the first black women film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards.
Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show. “Look where we’ve all come from … coming out of darkness, moving toward the light,” she once said. “It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet.”
50 Cent is unlikely to switch careers and play for the Mets anytime soon.
The rap star was comically off-target when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night before the Pittsburgh Pirates played the New York Mets at Citi Field.
The ball bounced to the backstop and nearly nicked a cameraman standing not all that far from the Mets’ on-deck circle as 50 Cent and New York pitcher Jonathon Niese both smiled.
Even sportscasters got in on the action, calling the pitch ‘not great’ and said ‘It’s good he never had a choice between playing for the Mets or being a rapper.’
Online, critics and bloggers have called the throw one of the worst first pitches ever.