Friday, February 9, 2007

Jackson Heights and Corona's dirty laundry

This AM-NY story is a great follow up to their "Engine of NYC" cover story:

Money transfer raids stun Queens neighborhood

...when police and immigration agents swept into those neighborhoods this week and shut down 19 of the businesses for allegedly laundering drug money, it sent a shock wave through the area. More than two dozen people were arrested in raids on a total of 25 businesses including some on Long Island and in Westchester.


Anonymous said...

Shock for whom?

Maybe it sent a shock wave to the borough hall publicity machine on the wonderful diverse communities of Queens (like the throngs of tourists coursing through our neighborhoods shows that money and time is well spent)

Where there is illegal activity, even school kids can tell you where the drugs are dealt, etc on their block.

Anonymous said...

Maybe ICE, FBI, IRS and Homeland Security agents ought to come to Flushing to flush out some of the prostitution, illicit gambling, questionable real estate , immigrant smuggling, police pay-off, DOB bribery money that's bound to be floating around City Councilman John Liu's district!

Gee, I'm shocked that he isn't aware that this might be happening right under his nose. Is he a link? What do you expect from an office that generates enough press releases to use up a whole forest of trees in lieu of doing its job! Instead of chasing after "fried mice" stories he should be looking into the possible caches of "cold cash" that may be well hidden. He's a regular public relations circuit rider, isn't he? You can rarely find him in either of his offices.

Joseph Liu, his father, was indicted for fraud in the Great Eastern Bank debacle, wasn't he? What's the scope of involvement with all of the banks in Flushing? Let's not forget that this was the home of the now defunct Flushing Federal Savings & Loan Assn. that was in the middle of the savings and loan scandal that rocked our country about 20 yrears back! Remember how The Resolution Trust Co. had to take over the whole system?

There are too many cash businesses and too many banks in one place. Smells fishy to me. Just follow the money and you're bound to find the laundry!

Anonymous said...

Are the various Asian business associations going at it hammer and "tongs" laundering money through whatever "enterprises" they may be in vollved in?