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Former US prosecutor becomes gangster

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What a story. Zachary Roth at TPM Muckraker:

From federal prosecutor to accused violent gangster, pimp, and drug-dealer…That’s the unusual career trajectory taken, say the Feds, by Paul Bergrin, who was indicted earlier this month in a 39-count racketeering indictment.

In a drama that could have been made for HBO, Bergrin — a white-collar defense lawyer who once represented, pro bono, a solider accused of abusing Abu Ghraib detainees — seems to have allowed his gangster clients to drag him into a world of violent crime. And he may have gone a lot further than Maury Levy ever did for Stringer Bell.

Bergrin, a former AUSA with the U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey, is charged with leading a criminal enterprise that used violence, intimidation, and deceit to generate millions of dollars, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among the most eye-catching allegations against him:

  • That he used a Newark restaurant as a front for a cocaine-distribution network.
  • That he oversaw a $1,000-an-hour call-girl ring in New York City.
  • That he had a witness killed in one drug case, and hired a hitman to kill another.

You can read a key portion of the indictment here.

Bergrin was first arrested in May. His lawyers have argued in court papers that …

Continue reading. The story gets even more amazing.

Written by LeisureGuy

25 November 2009 at 10:01 am

Posted in Daily life, Law

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