Last year in November, 35 year old Louis Meza kidnapped his friend with the help of three gang members to steal the victim’s crypto holdings. In December 2017, Meza was charged with kidnapping and robbing the victim by Manhattan prosecutors. At that time, video footage of the incident was used to capture Meza, however, the rest of the suspects were nowhere to be found.
This week, however, the New York Daily News reported that Bronx biker gang members Cesar Guzman (Fuego), Allan Nunez (Joker) and Darrell Colon (Bishop) were prosecuted for helping Meza in the ether heist.
According to Assistant District Attorney James Vinocur, Meza chose the victim while Guzman recruited the other two members.
Meza asked the victim to enter the minivan posing as an Uber. Once the individual stepped into the vehicle, they were held at gunpoint by Colon who was hiding behind the rear seat of the car. Nunez was responsible for driving the car until the victim revealed their ethereum wallet’s password to the criminals. After about two hours, the individual gave in and surveillance cameras captured Guzman and Mez entering the victim’s house and stealing $2 million worth of ether.
Luckily, law enforcement officers were able to retrieve majority of the cryptocurrency. Rob Georges, Guzman’s attorney, argued that Guzman worked for charity in Bronx and presented a document proving his “good character” from the member of the City Council. He added that Guzman should receive minimum bail because even Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood producer charged with rape and sexual assault, had to pay a small amount of bail from his net income. The three gang members plead not guilty to the accusations and are being held on $50,000 bail per person.
Crypto-related crimes have increased with time – from demanding cryptocurrency by hacking into banks to sending phishing emails and selling user information — criminals are constantly trying to find different ways to trick people.
Speaking about the relation between these attacks and cryptocurrency’s price change, Cyrus Roberts Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney, said, “Investors aren’t the only ones tracking the fluctuating values of digital currencies — everyone from sophisticated cybercriminals to old-school shakedown-and-stick-up scammers are keeping a close eye, too.”
By Shavonne Walker
SALISBURY — Dean, a disabled U.S. Navy veteran, isn’t homebound or tied to a hospital bed, but is ever grateful to have served and for others who have served. It was without question that he would volunteer to help serve other veterans at the Hefner VA Medical Center for a “backyard” barbecue.
Dean, who asked that his last name not be used, is also a member of Sober Bikers United, the nonprofit group whose members organized and sponsored Saturday’s barbecue event. The event was merely a way to say thank you. The event was held at a picnic shelter behind the State Veterans Home.
“I owe a lot to veterans. I ride motorcycles. I’m really blessed. They’ve given pretty much everything there is to give. This is the least we could do. We’re doing it for the love of our country, the love of veterans and the love of God,” Dean said.
He said it warmed his heart that so many people contributed money and their time,” he said.
The idea for the event came from Dennis Moore, a veteran, who’d received knee replacement surgery and subsequent rehab at the VA Medical Center. He said he began to see that some of the veterans don’t have a lot of family who visit and he wanted to do something to show his appreciation for the care he received and to say thank you to all veterans.
“I got to thinking, I can’t just walk away,” Moore said.
He connected with a friend, Joe Padgett, a retired State Highway Patrol trooper, three months ago and the two got to work on getting volunteers and other groups to donate or serve.
Moore estimates they had about 50 to 60 motorcycles and 250 to 300 veterans and volunteers at the event.
“It’s all about the veterans,” Moore said simply.
Rodney McNair is one of those veterans.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has been in treatment for substance abuse. He said he felt as though it was an issue that needed to be addressed just as PTSD would.
McNair said he thought it was wonderful that the volunteers would plan a barbecue for him and the other veterans.
He said the veterans need more of this kind of support and thanks.
“I appreciate it,” he said.
“It’s amazing,” said U.S. Air Force veteran Leroy Clay of the event.
The sounds of a guitar twang and the tap of a snare drum could be heard from the parking lot at the Hefner VA Medical Center while the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs permeated the air.
Music was provided by Big Bump and the Stun Gunz whose members include Bubba “Big Bump” Klinefelter, Shiela Klinefelter and Andy Squint. The blues musicians were asked by organizer Donnie Morris to perform.
“It’s really impressive that they care about these guys,” Shiela said.
Kyle “Skeeter” Blackwell, a member of Steel Rain Motorcycle Club based in Winston-Salem, said the club has a number of members active in the military and they support many military groups with motorcycle rides and fundraisers.
About five members of the club joined to help serve the veterans.
Mooresville Soup Kitchen provided 400 hamburgers and 400 hot dogs and other trimmings for the veterans. Chef Jim Myers said he and Moore have been friends for about 17 or 18 years. When Moore mentioned what he was trying to do for the veterans, Myers immediately agreed to help.
“It’s something you have to do. God gave us this gift; to use our talents to help others especially with veterans,” Myers said.
U.S. Navy veteran Sandra Jones volunteered during the event, but said it was a great event.
“In a time of peace, we sometimes forget about our veterans,” Jones said.
She’s been retired from the military for 25 years and now volunteers and works with service dogs.
A University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh student has been chosen as one of eight Harley-Davidson Inc. social media interns who will travel around the world this summer on motorcycles.
Tessa Otto is a senior at UW-Oshkosh studying project management.
She is one of eight college students, globally, who will get to ride motorcycles and document their experiences in the new internship from Harley-Davidson.
The interns will be given bikes and taught to ride. Then, throughout the summer, they will attend motorcycle events across the country and overseas, documenting their journeys through social media.
They will chronicle their summer by posting videos, pictures and stories on their personal social media channels and Harley’s channels, including on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat.
More than 7,500 students from about 30 countries applied for the eight internships.
Besides Otto, the other seven are from Florida, Mississippi, California, North Carolina, South Africa, England and China.
Otto already has her motorcycle license, although she’s only been riding since April.
She’s a self-described outdoors woman who twice has won snowshoe championships and was raised on a farm in Kennan, a town of 130 people in northern Wisconsin.
“Really anything involving wearing a good pair of boots is where I like to be,” she said.
In addition to a salary and riding experiences, the interns will get experience with marketing and other functions at the world’s largest manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles.
And, of course, they get to keep the bike they rode through the summer.
Otto says she currently rides a Kawasaki motorcycle and she’s looking forward to riding with the other interns.
As much as she enjoys her bike, she said, it’s not as much fun riding by herself.
The internship program is part of Harley’s efforts to attract younger motorcyclists. The company has other internships, too, in areas such as engineering and human resources.
In the U.S., Harley and other motorcycle manufacturers are caught between two customer demographic trends: millennials who aren’t widely embracing the motorcycling lifestyle and baby boomers who are aging out of riding.
Harley’s 10-year strategy is to train 2 million new U.S. riders, grow international business to 50 percent of sales and launch 100 new “high-impact” motorcycles.