Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A federal grand jury in Charlotte this week indicted four men in connection with what prosecutors allege was an investment fraud conspiracy.
Prosecutors have accused the men of operating "hedge funds" as part of a conspiracy that took in $40 million from victims for a Ponzi scheme operating under the name Black Diamond Capital Solutions.
The indictment alleges that the defendants lied to get money from their victims by claiming, among other things, that they had done due diligence on Black Diamond and were operating legitimate hedge funds with significant safeguards. In reality, prosecutors say, neither claim was true.
Prosecutors allege that one of the men stole more than a million dollars from victims to build his personal mansion.
To read the U.S. Attorney's Office's news release, click here.
To read the indictment, click here.
-- Gary L. Wright
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
The "community education workshops" will teach people about the department's history, recruitment process, training of recruits and officers, crime prevention techniques, criminal investigations, gangs, volunteer opportunities and more.
The workshops begin March 13.
For more information and registration, visit CMPD's website or call 704-432-1655.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's North Tryon Divison launched its new bike patrol during a press conference outside the Compare Foods at N. Tryon Street and Sugar Creek Road.
Officers B. Etter, J. Wally and J. Lancaster make up the patrol, which will ride through business parking lots and some apartment complexes along North Tryon Street.
Lt. Jeff Harless, the Response Area Commander for that part of the city, says officers will attempt to decrease larcenies from autos and robberies from businesses along the corridor. The bikes will make them more approachable, Harless says, and give them a bigger element of surprise when trying to combat crimes.
"The bad guys aren't looking out for bikes, they're looking for patrol cars," Harless said.
During the press conference, members of the new squad took some questions about whether they'll be taken as seriously on a bike. But bike officers were credited with one of the department's bigger success stories last year.
Officers arrested 15 people in connection with a drug ring along North Tryon Street (in the Metro Division, just south of the North Tryon Division) where drug dealers recruited homeless people from nearby shelters to work as drug runners and deal-brokers.Officer Jared Porter, an officer who patrolled the area on bicycle, was one of the first to notice the trend. -- Cleve R. Wootson Jr.