Fourth Baltimore Officer Pleads Guilty in Federal Racketeering Conspiracy

BALTIMORE – A fourth Baltimore City Police officer charged in a federal racketeering conspiracy, plead guilty Thursday.

Momodu Gondo admitted to conspiracy and drug distribution charges.

Gondo is among eight officers, part of an elite gun squad, federally indicted on racketeering charges stemming from allegedly unlawfully arresting and robbing people, and participating in an overtime fraud scheme.

The Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office said 295 cases have been impacted by the cases of the eight officers indicted in a federal racketeering conspiracy.

The indictments against seven officers were announced in March and came at the end of an investigation conducted by the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

An eighth officer was charged in August.

The BPD is one of two police departments in the state to dedicate full-time internal affairs detectives to work directly with the FBI. When asked initially about the investigation, Commissioner Kevin Davis told FOX45,
“This was a very involved conspiracy investigation involving seven dirty cops,”

“The police department and the city became better when they were taken into custody. If there’s any other officers engaged in this type of conduct, their arrest will happen under my watch as well.”

The officers were accused of robbing victims, filing false affidavits, and making fraudulent overtime claims.
Davis stressed that the alleged actions do not represent the values of the department as a whole.

Davis described them as “straight up 1930s-style gangsters.”

Whether the cops knew about the investigation Davis said, “I think they suspected.”

He added, “These are savvy criminals, I’m not even going to call them police officers because they were really impersonating police officers. They’re very savvy, they were very aware of their criminal misconduct so they were always looking over their shoulder.”

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New allegation: Google accused of racketeering in lawsuit claiming pattern of trade secrets theft


In an explosive new allegation, a renowned architect has accused Google of racketeering, saying in a lawsuit the company has a pattern of stealing trade secrets from people it first invites to collaborate.

Architect Eli Attia spent 50 years developing what his lawsuit calls “game-changing new technology” for building construction. Google in 2010 struck a deal to work with him on commercializing it as software, and Attia moved with his family from New York to Palo Alto to focus on the initiative, code-named “Project Genie.”

The project was undertaken in Google’s secretive “Google X” unit for experimental “moonshots.”

But then Google and its co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin “plotted to squeeze Attia out of the project” and pretended to kill it but used Attia’s technology to “surreptitiously” spin off Project Genie into a new company, according to the lawsuit.

“The real adding-insult-to-injury was Google telling him the project had been canceled and they weren’t going forward with it when in fact they were going full blast on it,” Attia’s lawyer Eric Buether said in an interview Friday.

Also named as defendants are Google X founder Sebastian Thrun and Eric “Astro” Teller, the head of Google X, who are alleged to have negotiated with Attia over his technology.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a judge in the case noted last year that the firm has argued that Attia gave Google rights to his technology “without a condition of later payment.”

Now Attia has added another allegation to the suit: the Mountain View tech giant’s actions follow a pattern that makes Google guilty of racketeering.

“It’s cheaper to steal than to develop your own technology,” Buether said. “You can take it from somebody else and you have a virtually unlimited budget to fight these things in court.”

Attia’s technology automates certain aspects of building design, to save time and money and allow architects and designers to focus on creative elements, Buether said.

This week, a judge in Santa Clara County Superior Court approved the addition of racketeering claims to the lawsuit originally filed in 2014.

Attia’s legal team uncovered six other incidents in which Google had engaged in a “substantially similar fact pattern of misappropriation of trade secrets” from other people or companies, according to a July 25 legal filing from Attia.

“Google would solicit a party to share with it highly confidential trade secrets under a non-disclosure agreement, conduct negotiations with the party, then terminate negotiations with the party professing a lack of interest in the party’s technology, followed by the unlawful use of the party’s trade secrets in its business,” Attia said in the filing.

Six lawsuits against Google, five of them resolved in the company’s favor because of procedural issues, reveal the pattern of intellectual property theft, Buether alleged. The company uses non-disclosure agreements to encourage a target to share confidential information, Buether claimed.

“The person with that NDA feels comfortable in revealing the details of the technology which is proprietary because they see a huge opportunity with a company like Google,” Buether said.

In Attia’s case, Google struck an agreement with him to use his intellectual property and patent some of it, but in spite of using it as the basis for a new firm called Flux Factory, failed to pay him as agreed, Buether claimed.

“It’s even worse than just using the proprietary information – they actually then claim ownership through patent applications,” Buether said.

Documents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, submitted to the court by a Google lawyer, show that with regard to two building-design patent applications, Attia in 2011 signed over rights to the inventions described in the applications.

Flux Factory, according to a filing by Attia, was “simply a reconstitution of Project Genie under a different name.”

Today, Flux Factory is called Flux. Headquartered in San Francisco, it sells building-design software and markets itself as “the first company launched by Google X.”

Attia’s suit seeks unspecified damages and compensation. His legal action was brought by Santa Monica software company Max Sound, which said it had made an agreement with Attia in 2014 to pursue intellectual property claims on his behalf. Max Sound’s penny stock trades over the counter and has plummeted in value to a thousandth of a cent from about 50 cents in November 2012. The firm’s reports to regulators show no revenue since 2014, and an $11.2 million loss last year.

Max Sound CEO John Blaisure welcomed the judge’s decision to allow the racketeering claims, saying in a press release that “no one should be too big and powerful to avoid the consequences of being evil.”

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Why GMO and vaccine pushers should be arrested for racketeering

(NaturalNews) Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island has ramped up his rhetoric against the “fossil fuel industry,” and he thinks that the government may be able to make a case against it for racketeering. Sen. Whitehouse should be careful what he asks for; he may just get it, in spades.

Whitehouse, in a recent op-ed in The Washington Post argues that the federal government ought to examine whether the fossil fuel industry’s marketing practices are in fact violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, statutes – laws that were originally enacted decades ago to prosecute criminal organizations.

In particular, he noted, “Fossil fuel companies and their allies are funding a massive and sophisticated campaign to mislead the American people about the environmental harm caused by carbon pollution.”

In making his argument, he compares the government’s 1999 case against Big Tobacco, which denied for years the health dangers of smoking. Eventually, federal courts found such denials, and resultant marketing practices based on such denials, to be a racketeering enterprise, Whitehouse wrote.

How about RICO charges against GMO shills and vaccine pushers instead?

“The Big Tobacco playbook looked something like this: (1) pay scientists to produce studies defending your product; (2) develop an intricate web of PR experts and front groups to spread doubt about the real science; (3) relentlessly attack your opponents,” he wrote.

“Thankfully, the government had a playbook, too: the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. In 1999, the Justice Department filed a civil RICO lawsuit against the major tobacco companies and their associated industry groups, alleging that the companies ‘engaged in and executed — and continue to engage in and execute — a massive 50-year scheme to defraud the public, including consumers of cigarettes, in violation of RICO.'”

Though Big Tobacco spent years and millions of dollars fighting the government, through the discovery process, federal prosecutors eventually plowed through the layers of deceit and denial to demonstrate that the tobacco industry knew all along what kind of health problems originated with smoking.

Now, this uber-liberal senator from the bluest of all blue states wants government lawyers sicced on Big Oil, because he says the industry has engaged in similar tactics to hide the ill effects of fossil fuels on the environment (more on that in a moment).

What would Sen. Whitehouse think about using government RICO statutes to go after, say, Monsanto and Merck, two of the world’s largest pushers of GMOs and vaccines, respectively?

If you think about it, these two industries have engaged in the very same tactics used by Big Tobacco. Monsanto has falsified data surrounding GMOs, has developed a massive PR campaign to defend GMOs, has spread doubt about the real science and has built a network of hatchet men and groups to “relentlessly attack” opponents. The same is true of the vaccine companies.

Fossil fuel ties to “climate change are imagined, but Monsanto and Merck have done documented harm to humankind

What’s more, the so-called “science” surrounding “climate change/global warming/carbon pollution” allegedly caused by Big Oil is anything but settled, as hoaxers like Whitehouse assert; we have covered that lie as well. In fact, speaking of RICO, the climate change “industry” is guilty of the same things the GMO, vaccine and Big Tobacco industries were – misleading the public, attacking “deniers,” and ginning up phony “science” to substantiate the lies.

Whitehouse is all about using the power of the federal government, essentially, to punish an industry that simply does not share his political ideology. But if there are cases where the government’s RICO statutes really should be considered, GMO pushers and Big Pharma vaccine makers are better targets.


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