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June 13, 2013
A Hollywood couple accused of disclosing confidential court records to members of the organized crime group Armenian Power was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison, officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald sentenced Nune Gevorkyan, 36 - a clerk in the federal court's criminal intake area - to six months in prison, and her 41-year-old husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, to 57 months in prison for his role in the scheme. The couple, who must also serve three years supervised release, was ordered to cease any association with members of Armenian Power.
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By Liana Aghajanian, Special to the News-Press & Leader | February 25, 2011
With the headlines gone and the arrests made, Armenians in Burbank and Glendale are now struggling with the perceptions of their cultural identity after a massive crackdown on the organized crime ring Armenian Power. The cultural perceptions — egged on by media bias, according to some, cultural fractions within their own community that hinder progress, according to others — have prompted many to dig deeper to address societal issues that many say are the root of the problem.
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April 8, 2004
Men claiming affiliation with the Armenian Power street gang beat two men on a Montrose street early Saturday morning, police said. A 21-year-old Montrose man was punched in the mouth and kicked in the groin multiple times after falling to the ground, and a 22-year-old Pasadena man was punched when the four men-two of whom claimed gang affiliation-got out of a white sport utility vehicle and confronted them at the intersection of Honolulu and...
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By Jason Wells and Veronica Rocha,, jason.well@latimes.com, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 16, 2011
The local Armenian community braced against a public rush to judgment after authorities on Wednesday announced a major crackdown on Armenian organized crime that included 74 people arrested on fraud and racketeering charges. The federal indictments, unveiled at Glendale police headquarters Wednesday, alleged that members of the gang Armenian Power engaged in a range of white collar crimes to defraud the public of $20 million. In a city where people of Armenian descent make up roughly 40% of the population, news of the arrests raised fears of what seems to be the inevitable: a rush by a vocal few to reinforce stereotypes.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 16, 2012
The arrest this week of a Hollywood couple accused of leaking confidential court records to organized crime groups, including Armenian Power, exposed a major “betrayal within the system” that forced authorities to move up timelines and change tactics to cope with the breach, Glendale police officials said. Nune Gevorkyan, 35, a federal court employee in Los Angeles, and her husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, 40, were arrested Tuesday on charges that they conspired to obstruct justice by tipping off organized crime about police investigations and upcoming arrests.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Jurors have started deliberating in the case of a Glendale man accused of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers. Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan is one of three men, including Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, on trial for their roles in the fraud schemes, which were reportedly tied to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. But Parsadanyan's attorney Andrew Flier argued that his client, who owned a cellphone store and reportedly has no gang ties, is innocent and lumped in with the other defendants.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Eight people, including four who live in Burbank, Glendale and Montrose, pleaded guilty Monday to various charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft, centered around the activities of an Armenian organized crime ring, authorities said. The eight are among the 70 people charged two years ago during a massive regional crackdown against the gang called Armenian Power. Fifty-one other defendants have pleaded guilty, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan was one of three men who were found guilty on Thursday of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers . The other two men, Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, were also found guilty for their roles in the scam. They reportedly had ties to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. Prosecutors said Darbinyan obtained credit-card skimming devices and distributed to co-schemers who would then secretly plant them at 99 Cents Only stores across Southern California, resulting in a loss of more than $2 million for victims.
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By Ron Kaye | February 20, 2011
They are a people who have long endured repression and reigns of terror across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Even here, in the Promised Land where so many Armenians are thriving, they still are victimized. Sometimes it's the pain of prejudice that every wave of immigrants has felt when their numbers threaten the way things were. This time, it comes from their own people, a vast Los Angeles-based international syndicate called Armenian Power that is accused of preying on Armenians, engaging in kidnapping, robbery and extortion even as its 250 members and hundreds of runners stole millions from banks and credit card companies, dealt drugs and committed other crimes against us all. On Wednesday, a joint local-state-federal task force of nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers — Operation Power Outage — rounded up 74 of the 99 suspects indicted by grand juries in Los Angeles and Orange County on 234 counts of criminal activity and racketeering.
NEWS
February 18, 2011
As the massive crackdown on Armenian Power and its alleged associates this week showed, gangs have changed with the times. The impact of gangs on local communities cannot simply be measured in street muggings, burglaries, tagging and the like — not when they have access to technology that can drain the economy and personal finances. As economic pains push Burbank and Glendale to consider cuts to many social services, including support for after-school programs that serve as important outlets for the youth, we as a community should consider if we’re really saving anything at all. Either we pay for programs that push teens to be the best they can be, or, as this week showed, we pay an even steeper tab further down the road after some youth fall prey to the overtures of enterprising gang members seeking to maintain or increase their ranks.
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By Mark Kellam, mark.kellam@latimes.com | April 17, 2014
Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan was one of three men who were found guilty on Thursday of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers . The other two men, Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, were also found guilty for their roles in the scam. They reportedly had ties to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. Prosecutors said Darbinyan obtained credit-card skimming devices and distributed to co-schemers who would then secretly plant them at 99 Cents Only stores across Southern California, resulting in a loss of more than $2 million for victims.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 14, 2014
Jurors have started deliberating in the case of a Glendale man accused of bank fraud and stealing the identities of hundreds of 99 Cents Only store customers. Glendale resident Rafael Parsadanyan is one of three men, including Mher Darbinyan and Arman Sharopetrosian, on trial for their roles in the fraud schemes, which were reportedly tied to an organized crime ring called Armenian Power. But Parsadanyan's attorney Andrew Flier argued that his client, who owned a cellphone store and reportedly has no gang ties, is innocent and lumped in with the other defendants.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Eight people, including four who live in Burbank, Glendale and Montrose, pleaded guilty Monday to various charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft, centered around the activities of an Armenian organized crime ring, authorities said. The eight are among the 70 people charged two years ago during a massive regional crackdown against the gang called Armenian Power. Fifty-one other defendants have pleaded guilty, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
A Hollywood couple accused of disclosing confidential court records to members of the organized crime group Armenian Power was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison, officials said. U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald sentenced Nune Gevorkyan, 36 - a clerk in the federal court's criminal intake area - to six months in prison, and her 41-year-old husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, to 57 months in prison for his role in the scheme. The couple, who must also serve three years supervised release, was ordered to cease any association with members of Armenian Power.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 16, 2012
The arrest this week of a Hollywood couple accused of leaking confidential court records to organized crime groups, including Armenian Power, exposed a major “betrayal within the system” that forced authorities to move up timelines and change tactics to cope with the breach, Glendale police officials said. Nune Gevorkyan, 35, a federal court employee in Los Angeles, and her husband, Oganes Koshkaryan, 40, were arrested Tuesday on charges that they conspired to obstruct justice by tipping off organized crime about police investigations and upcoming arrests.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | May 25, 2011
GLENDALE — Law enforcement efforts to crack down and dismantle an Armenian organized crime ring this year received high marks Wednesday at the 16th annual Glendale Police Awards ceremony. Glendale, Burbank and Los Angeles Police departments were among a group of 11 public safety agencies who make up the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force and received awards for taking down the criminal enterprise's racketeering operations. “It’s truly a classic example of how things work when law enforcement collaborates together and it’s not easy,” said Glendale Police Chief Ron De Pompa during the Glendale Police Foundation’s awards luncheon at the Glendale Hilton.
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By Liana Aghajanian, Special to the News-Press & Leader | February 25, 2011
With the headlines gone and the arrests made, Armenians in Burbank and Glendale are now struggling with the perceptions of their cultural identity after a massive crackdown on the organized crime ring Armenian Power. The cultural perceptions — egged on by media bias, according to some, cultural fractions within their own community that hinder progress, according to others — have prompted many to dig deeper to address societal issues that many say are the root of the problem.
NEWS
By Dan Kimber | February 24, 2011
Editor's Note: Numerous instances of plagiarism have been discovered in Dan Kimber's “Education Matters” column, which ran in the News- Press from September 2003 to September 2011. In those columns where plagiarism has been found, a For the Record specifying the details will be appended to the piece. I was going to write about oak trees and developers this week, but I'll save it for next time. Something far more compelling, already aired out in this newspaper, could use a little more airing out. Several of my former students e-mailed me about the Armenian Power bust that recently took place and the inevitable repercussions in the community.
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By Ron Kaye | February 20, 2011
They are a people who have long endured repression and reigns of terror across Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Even here, in the Promised Land where so many Armenians are thriving, they still are victimized. Sometimes it's the pain of prejudice that every wave of immigrants has felt when their numbers threaten the way things were. This time, it comes from their own people, a vast Los Angeles-based international syndicate called Armenian Power that is accused of preying on Armenians, engaging in kidnapping, robbery and extortion even as its 250 members and hundreds of runners stole millions from banks and credit card companies, dealt drugs and committed other crimes against us all. On Wednesday, a joint local-state-federal task force of nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers — Operation Power Outage — rounded up 74 of the 99 suspects indicted by grand juries in Los Angeles and Orange County on 234 counts of criminal activity and racketeering.
NEWS
February 18, 2011
As the massive crackdown on Armenian Power and its alleged associates this week showed, gangs have changed with the times. The impact of gangs on local communities cannot simply be measured in street muggings, burglaries, tagging and the like — not when they have access to technology that can drain the economy and personal finances. As economic pains push Burbank and Glendale to consider cuts to many social services, including support for after-school programs that serve as important outlets for the youth, we as a community should consider if we’re really saving anything at all. Either we pay for programs that push teens to be the best they can be, or, as this week showed, we pay an even steeper tab further down the road after some youth fall prey to the overtures of enterprising gang members seeking to maintain or increase their ranks.
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