Gangs Turning To White Collar Crime?
October 22, 2011 by staff
Gangs Turning To White Collar Crime?, The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Friday estimated that about 1.4 million members of gangs in the United States are turning to white collar crime as more lucrative businesses.
Bands like the Bloods and the Crips are involved in crimes such as identity theft, forgery, selling stolen property and even banks, credit cards and mortgage fraud, said a reassessment of the threat of gangs FBI.
“We’ve seen, but we have seen that makes it even more now and that we attribute to the fact that the probability of detection is lower, the sentences once they are caught are less, and the real monetary gain is much higher,” Diedre said Butler, a head of unit at the National Gang Intelligence.
In 2009, the FBI estimates there are 1 million gang members. Attributes part of the increase of 40 percent since then to more comprehensive reporting by agencies of law enforcement.
Agency officials said they could not accurately determine the number of new gang members who were from the last estimate, but that such membership was actually increasing.
The gangs are using social networks like Facebook and YouTube to recruit members and communicate, as well as the publication of the photos in your lifestyle to present a tough image, the assessment said.
“You can stir the curiosity of someone in the community and what is a sort of recruiting tool, because now people can watch this video and I think it is kind of sort of good,” said Calvin tremors, head of section the gang unit of the FBI.
While a member of a gang is not illegal, the social networking sites help police identify the members and, potentially, persecute, if the authorities believe they have committed crimes, he said.
Another concern is gang join the U.S. Army teaching and learning skills to fellow gang members, although the FBI said that some members may join the army to escape the gang.
“The military is aware of the situation and are monitoring,” said Butler.
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