Posts Tagged ‘Rhode Island’

Phantom debt scam

December 9, 2017

Estimates are that Americans are late on $600 billion in payments and 10% are on debt collectors’ lists. That’s a lot of real debt plus an opening for big-time fraud. Here’s an interesting story about a man who got harassed and threatened over a loan he had already repaid, leading him to unravel a huge fake debt scam, the head of which allegedly took in over $2 billion in a decade, bought a private jet, and started his own Ferrari racing team.

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Providence adopts community-police relations act

June 2, 2017

This article reports passage by the Providence, Rhode Island city council of a police accountability and oversight act by a 13-1 vote. The legislation, described as “one of the most progressive policing bills in the United States,” includes a racial profiling ban, requires more documentation of vehicle and pedestrian stops, codifies policies for including people in the database of gang members, and specifies protections for juveniles, immigrants, and transgender individuals.

Evidence missing in North Providence

April 30, 2017

This article reports 100+ items missing from the North Providence PD evidence room. The agency has an extensive policy on evidence storage and control, but loose security is alleged and regular audits and inventories required by the policy have not been conducted. Rhode Island has a high proportion of state and nationally accredited police departments but North Providence is not among them.

The evolution of MS13

December 2, 2016

Insight Crime has published a 3-part series on the recent evolution of the US/Salvadoran gang MS13. Part 1 describes how the gang struck up a partnership with Mexican cartels in 2011, Part 2 traces the gang’s effort to combine its east and west coast factions into a “national project,” and Part 3 details its most recent effort in 2015 to coordinate cliques based in several different states. Federal indictments have consistently interrupted the gang’s plans but leaders in prison in both countries still seem to exercise considerable influence over their members.

Tracking guns in Providence

December 2, 2015

The Providence, Rhode Island police department assigned a detective this year to investigate the background of each gun seized. This article reports what he has found so far about the 176 guns recovered in 10 months.