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“Hotlanta, a treat for lovers of urban fiction, sees the return of Antonio Moses in his second exciting hood raised joint. Hotlanta is a unique compilation of two hood raised stories What Goes Around and There Comes a Time, that demonstrate what it feels like growing up in the projects in Atlanta. The stories are filled with betrayal, lies, sex, and romance. In What Goes Around, Karma narrates the story in a unique and entertaining way. The story is about three groups of different people from opposite sides of the spectrum, who cross paths and subsequently find themselves in compromising situations which will change the course of their lives. The metaphor “You reap what you sow” has never been portrayed in a more colorful and convincing fashion. Each twist and turn of the story will entangle you more and more as you navigate your way through the pages of the story. Deshawn “Two-step” Whiterspoon is a professional football player and womanizer who finds out the hard way it’s cheaper to keep her and how waking up in someone else’s bed can prove to be an earth shattering experience. Whiterspoon’s wife finally conceives after months of trying and is elated to let Deshawn know the great news but is blown away after discovering what is contained in an envelope she finds in his coat pocket. Everything is cool until all hell breaks loose and the truth finally rears its ugly head. Deshawn can no longer hide is infidelity after his wife discovers the truth and the fallout will blow you away as the drama unfolds. Definitely another page turner! 

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He is a published author, and the Producer & Creator of Media Women Network! Corporation, a growth strategies firm with brand extensions in media, publishing and education/training for the career professional, entrepreneur and small business owner looking to grow for women. He is the voice behind Views from the Blog Talk Radio Show and the creative visionary responsible for What Is Street Justice! He has taken what started as a small professional network for women, and turned into an international power brand for men and women serious about professional and entrepreneurial growth in media. Moses is a veteran of the United States Army, so to say he knows more than a little bit about commitment is accurate. He worked with companies to create or improve their recruitment process, build recruitment teams and optimize their employment brands. He has trained authors to optimize their performance and success rates with their stories. He has a knack for finding the right people for a start-up environment. Moses puts the human element back in publishing. He is a Writer for Blende Magazine and blogger who has published articles, poems and essays on social media. He is known as a Networking Power Broker who has mastered traditional and social networking skills. As evidence, his smartphone contains some pretty powerful people he can turn to at any time for advice or just to chat. The author of three published books, he wrote THE BOOK Rita (The Sole Survivor) a novel and set the bar for how Urban Fiction books are written in the 21st century. He has been featured in numerous publications and blogs, as well as radio shows as a poet who uses diversity, networking, social media, entrepreneurship, career management and small business.

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HOTLANTA! WRITTEN BY ANTONIO MOSES AUTHOR

“Hotlanta, a treat for lovers of urban fiction, sees the return of Antonio Moses in his second exciting hood raised joint. Hotlanta is a unique compilation of two hood raised stories “What Goes Around and There Comes a Time”, that demonstrate what it feels like growing up in the streets of Atlanta. The stories are filled with betrayal, lies, sex, and romance. All of the necessary components to make a great story. In What Goes Around, Karma narrates the story in a unique and entertaining way. The story is about three groups of different people from opposite sides of the spectrum, who cross paths and subsequently find themselves in compromising situations which will change the course of their lives. The metaphor “You reap what you sow” has never been portrayed in a more compelling and convincing fashion. Each twist and turn of the pages will entangle you more and more in the saga as you navigate your way through the realities of the city streets. Deshawn “Two-step” Whiterspoon is a professional football player and womanizer who finds out the hard way, (it’s cheaper to keep her). You’ll also discover how dangerous one night stands can be and see first hand the reality of infidelity in our culure. Whiterspoon’s wife finally conceives after months of trying and is elated to let Deshawn know the great news but is blown away after discovering what is contained in an envelope she finds in his coat pocket. Everything is cool until all hell breaks loose and the truth finally rears its ugly head in the forms of death, betrayal and deceit. Deshawn can no longer hide his infidelity after his wife discovers the truth and the fallout will blow you away as the drama unfolds. Definitely another page turner!

IS AMERICA BEING HELD AT GUN POINT BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT?

Here we are at the gates of confusion and the voice of reasoning continues to be shut out because no one is willing to send out an invitation. Let’s face it, this problem isn’t going to go away as long as the corporate engine is given fuel to run. Guns are big business in America. the guns and ammunition industry continues to thrive in the United States. This year, the industry is expected to rack up a steady $11.7 billion in sales and $993 million in profits, according to analysts at IBIS World. Gun makers churned out nearly six million guns last year — double the number that they did a decade ago. Civilian gun sales have surged ever since the financial crisis and the election of President Obama. Many buyers, IBIS notes, were either worried about rising crime rates during the downturn or fearful of new gun-control laws under the Obama administration. Since 2007, the industry has grown at a brisk 5.7 percent annual pace.

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THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Analysts HAVE CALLED Obama “the best thing that ever happened to the firearm industry.”  During the first three-and-a-half years of the Obama administration, the FBI conducted nearly 50 million background checks on gun purchases — nearly double the amount during George W. Bush’s first term. (That’s usually a good indicator of rising interest.) The number of licensed dealerships has risen for the first time in 20 years. Now there is one thing I can say about the Government, whenever something tragic happens an official will seem to always find a scapegoat to take the fall.

I find it amazing how everyone is always caught up in the discussion of making it more difficult for convicted felons and mentally disturbed individuals to obtain firearms. When in fact…all of the mass shootings have  been carried out by so-called tax paying citizens. I don’t call a person crazy who has a sickness in their hearts. Every aspect of slavery was demoralizing and dehumanizing to blacks but to say whites were crazy makes no sense. It boiled down to what was in their hearts and how they perceived the world. The shooters in the mass shootings have one thing in common. They all possess a warped sense of thinking. Which means anyone at any time can be classified as being, “crazy” if they think outside the box or fall outside what we consider normal. Stay focused. They greatest illusionist used props and distractions to pull off their tricks.

So regardless of how stringent the governments policies are, it’s a proven fact guns will fall into the hands of people with bad intentions. Especially, if the perpetrators will be featured as the headline story in the news all over the world. As a practice WE, here on StreetJustice will never give the name of individuals who take it upon themselves to take innocent lives for the sake of fulfilling their selfish agendas. WE will never post their photos, social media sites nor will we deb into their background. We would rather devote that time and effort towards remembering the lives of the victims they harm.  In fact, there should be a bill proposed to erase their existence from every data base in the US. So with all due respect to the victims family members WE would like to take this moment to send out our prayers and best wishes.

So as a nation…ARE WE BEING HELD AT GUN POINT BY THE SECOND AMENDMENT?

WHEN a young man walked into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012 and murdered 20 small children and six staff with a Bushmaster rifle from his mother’s gun collection, some wondered if a tipping-point had been reached. Surely America would now enact laws to keep lethal weapons out of the wrong hands? America has done nothing but allowed politics to act as our conscious at a time when senseless violence continue to plague our soil. Don’t get me wrong…I am not so caught up with in the tragedy that I have abandoned common sense. There is absolutely no way to keep us safe from all dangers. Placing a ban on gun will not solve our problem. There are a lot of factors to consider in this discussion. But there has to be an open forum established and lawmakers have to be held accountable for the choices they make regarding this matter.

Numbers don’t lie! Or can we be deceived by general stats to make us feel safer? Particularly, when statistics are involved, the determination of what constitutes a credible fact (and what does not) can contain elements of personal subjectivity. It is our mission to minimize subjective information and to provide highly factual content.

At the 2013 homicide rate, roughly one in every 285 Americans will be murdered in the course of their lives.

* A U.S. Justice Department study based on crime data from 1974-1985 found:

• 42% of Americans will be the victim of a completed violent crime (assault, robbery, rape) in the course of their lives.

• 83% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime.

• 52% of Americans will be the victim of an attempted or completed violent crime more than once.

* A 1997 survey of more than 18,000 prison inmates found that among those serving time for a violent crime, “30% of State offenders and 35% of Federal offenders carried a firearm when committing the crime.”

 

HOTLANTA written by Antonio Moses author

HOTLANTA written by Antonio Moses author

A sneak preview of my newest release HOTLANTA!
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CHAPTER ONE
The Beginning
It is generally agreed that, all of us are connected in every way imaginable and, unquestionably, are members of the same species. Although you may differ in your customs and beliefs, in your fashions and fetishes or in your codes of conduct, there is a thread that binds each of you together. All ethical theories arise because people are dissatisfied either with the progress in their lives or an issue with the world in which they live in. And as a direct or indirect result morality, as you know it, is most definitely relative during the course of human relations and is very real.
At absolutely every stage in the human existence, there are certain truths that present themselves which cannot be denied. And those who subject themselves to the whims of their lower desires will remain trapped in a paradigm of a never-ending story. Regardless of which deity you entrust your faith, there is an objective reality that elevates man to this higher self-awareness. Yet, you remain vulnerable to the deceptive whispers that lie beneath. The notion of fair play animating the balance precludes any religion from proclaiming any law affecting the sovereignty of man. That would entirely overstate the stereo-types, which limits its vision too narrowly, when compared to the complex properties associated with the commingling of a variety of people. This brings us to the present.
Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am the balance of two extremes. I am neither here nor there, but I can and have been known to simultaneously occupy the same space at different times. However, I lack the authority to judge, so there is absolutely no need for me to hate or have the desire to forgive.
To those who operate in the scientific world…I don’t even matter, but to philosophers I am somewhat empirical; yet, abstract in a sense. To theologians I am most notably referred to as “Absolute”. But in the Western part of civilization I am simply called, “KARMA”. I’m sure you have heard the old cliche, “What goes around, comes around”.
I am the pendulum that swings between the passions of your dreams and facts, and anytime the balance is swayed, it’s my job to put it back. It is said that consciousness creates its own frequency and it is through that medium I am able to do my work. Take ANDRE, DESHAWN, RED EYE and SOLO for instance. They have unconsciously gone about their mundane lives without a care in the world, just living each day as if the next was promised to them. Never for one moment did they take into account they are creating an imprint that will inevitably shape their lives. Putting it another way, the seeds they plant depend on their deeds for nourishment.
Every passing day this subjective reality takes form. Now keep in mind I’m not God, so please…save your prayers. In fact, what you believe doesn’t really matter to me. In my existence, actions speak louder than words. You feel me? I realize that, as humans, you are going to make mistakes. That’s what makes this assignment so entertaining. I mean look, I could have been anything I wanted to be in this universe an angel, a star or a tree. Naw, that’s not for me. I wanted to be on the front line. You know what I’m saying? I’m in the trenches on the battle field, watching man rise and fall.
If none of this is making any sense to you, it will by the end of this story. I tell you what. Allow me to introduce you to one of my newest clients, to give you a better understanding of what my job actually en-tails.

Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by many state constitutions and state and federal laws.  But the question is: WHEN DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM? Freedom of speech is the right to communicate one’s opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation or censorship. The term freedom of expression is sometimes used synonymously, but includes any act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.

Recently a Georgia woman, Ebony Dickens, was arrested for posting rants stating in part, “all blacks should rise up and shot every white cop.” Protecting free speech means protecting a free press, the democratic process, diversity of thought, and so much more. Now how is that this woman’s Facebook page be sent to the news media for ranting and the individuals who keep carrying out mass shooting all over America continue to execute innocent people in the street.

The First Amendment of the Constitution protects the right to freedom of religion and freedom of expression from government interference. See United States Amendment I. Freedom of expression consists of the rights to freedom of speech, press, assembly and to petition the government for a redress of grievances, and the implied rights of association and belief. The Supreme Court interprets the extent of the protection afforded to these rights. The First Amendment has been interpreted by the Court as applying to the entire federal government even though it is only expressly applicable to Congress. Furthermore, the Court has interpreted, the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment as protecting the rights in the First Amendment from interference by state governments. See U.S. Const. amend. XIV.

Here we have a police officer telling you actually the way he feels. But he’s not just speaking for himself. He is a pawn speaking for an organization with ominous political agendas. Plain and simple the United States is a racist country, there is absolutely no way of dancing around the subject. Blacks and minorities are being killed in record numbers by white police officers all around the U.S., this is a fact which cannot be disputed.

If the government is going to arrest people, ie., BLACK PEOPLE, for speaking out… Then surely people; ie., WHITE PEOPLE, who rant and make manifestos publicly on social media should be arrested too before we find them in headlines reading, “ANOTHER MASS SHOOTING” took place somewhere in America.

I’m all about justice! I call a spade a spade and based on the way laws are executed in this country it’s safe to say the United States is in fact a racist country. Despite the fact we have an African American president and BET,  (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION) which isn’t black owned.

According to FBI statistics, 27 police officers were feloniously killed in 2013, the lowest raw number in more than 50 years. (The previous low was 41 in 2008.) If we go by officer homicides as a percentage of active-duty police, it was probably the safest year in a century. The number of cops killed on duty has been falling since the mid-1990s, consistent with the overall drop in violent crime in America. Assaults against police officers have been in decline as well.

I don’t care what school of thought you ascribe to. It’s clear to see how the powers that be are responsible for how our perceptions are shaped. When one group is discriminated against by the laws which govern the land, it sends out a serious message. I am not advocating violence, I’m just speaking out against it.

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WHEN DOES FREEDOM OF SPEECH TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM?

 

 

This is Maestro and I’m out!

 

DONALD TRUMP "PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE"

DONALD TRUMP “PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE”

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that his plans to improve the economy for black Americans is why he is leading in the polls with black voters, though at least one recent poll disputes Trump’s claim.

“I lead with almost every group, including with the African-American groups,” Trump told reporters at an event in Greenville, South Carolina. “I have tremendous support.”

Quinnipiac University released a national poll Thursday showing that while Trump is leading the Republican Party nationally, he is polling poorly with black Americans in the general election.

The poll found:

  • When asked “Would you say that Donald Trump cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?” 92% of black people said no.
  • 52% of black people said Trump does not have strong leadership qualities.
  • 73% of black people said Trump is not strong or trustworthy.
  • 79% of black people said they have an unfavorable view of Trump.

When asked “If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat and Donald Trump the Republican, for whom would you vote?” 3% percent said they’d vote for Trump.

When asked “If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Hillary Clinton the Democrat, Jeb Bush the Republican, and Donald Trump running as an independent, for whom would you vote?” 5% of black people said they’d vote for Trump.

When asked “If the election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Joe Biden the Democrat and Donald Trump the Republican, for whom would you vote?” 2% said they’d vote for Trump.

At the press conference, Trump said he will focus on improving employment rates for African-Americans.

“I’ve had great friendships in the African-American community as you know. They’re suffering. They’ve never had bad job numbers like they do right now — especially African-American youth. It’s terrible what’s happening,” he said.

Trump said he will be meeting with African-American small business leaders in South Carolina in September.

“I do great in the African-American community and one of the reasons is because they know I’m going to create jobs,” he said.

Trump said race relations are tense in the U.S. and President Barack Obama has made them worse.

“Race relations problems are almost at an all-time worst,” he said. “And President Obama — I really thought he’d be a unifier. But I thought one thing he’d be is a unifier certainly between African-American and white, and I will tell you that’s turned out not to be so. He has not been a unifier. He’s been a divider.”

FREDDIE GRAY’S DEATH RULED A HOMICIDE!

Parallel to the Baltimore Riot of 1968, Black Baltimore-ans find themselves at the disturbing end of the riot stick. The immediate cause of the “revolt” was the April 4th assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But has race relations improved in the United States?

Once again the city of Baltimore has been placed on lock-down and the National Guard has been called in to restore the peace. But this isn’t a Baltimore problem, this is a problem facing the nation. Police brutality is real and has to be irradiated before it causes this country to become unraveled. Everyone is so quick to rush to judge the effect rather than INVESTIGATING the cause. This story reminds me of the demonstrators, some disguised as American Indians, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East Indian Company, in defiance of the Tea Act of May 10, 1773. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor, ruining the tea. Sounds familiar?

So then the question remains, “Why is it so incomprehensible to understand the reaction of a group of people “protesting” for justice?” Protest is a statement or “ACTION” expressing a disapproval. Plain and simple! When a cat is backed into a corner, you can predict the outcome. The bottom line is it’s hard for people to voluntarily put hands behind their backs only to be assaulted, shot, beaten and murdered in cold blood. So how does a black father convince his son to trust a system that tolerates police brutality? If your hair is on fire, you are going to act like your hair is on fire. The CORE OF THE SITUATION IS RAGE!

Gray, 25, was taken into police custody in Baltimore April 12 and sustained a spinal injury during that time requiring medical attention. He went into a coma several days later and died a week after his apprehension. Police have never said why they took him into custody, noting only that he ran from officers, and they have not publicly explained how Gray received the spinal injury.

Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., (top left) William Porter (top center), Edward Nero (below left) and Garrett Miller (below center), Lt. Brian Rice (top right), and Sgt. Alicia Miller (below right) were arrested and charged in Gray’s death. WE QUESTION THE PROTESTER’S MOTIVES AND FAIL TO INVESTIGATE THE OFFICERS ACTS. CAUSE AND EFFECT!

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A SEA OF FACES/ INJUSTICE IS REAL IN AMERICA

 

THESE LIVES MATTER

Fortunately, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Black women have been instrumental in the fight on injustice against the Black man in America. Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Daisy Bates, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison and now another sister Marilyn Mosby has refused to give her seat up on the bus.

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers implicated in the death of a 25-year-old black Baltimore resident named Freddie Gray. Mosby’s handling of the high-profile case — and the strong statement she made at the press conference to announce it — has set the stage for her to become a political powerhouse, with some on Twitter already predicting she’ll one day be president (we won’t go that far).

I absolutely love my BLACK SISTERS and everything they have done for their race and mankind  as a whole. It has been said, “If God created anything greater than a women, he kept it for himself.”

This is your man Maestro and I’m out.

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ANTONIO MOSES URBAN FICTION AUTHOR RITA (THE SOLE SURVIVOR)/HOTLANTA!

He is a published author, and the Producer & Creator of Media Women Network! Ashanti Media Solutions, a growth strategies firm with brand extensions in media, publishing and education/training for the career professional, entrepreneur and small business owner looking to grow for women. He is the voice behind Views from the Blog Talk Radio Show and the creative visionary responsible for What Is Street Justice! Antonio Moses has taken what started as a small professional network for women, and turned into an international power brand for men and women serious about professional and entrepreneurial growth in media. Moses is a veteran of the United States Army, so to say he knows more than a little bit about commitment would be accurate. He worked with companies to create or improve their recruitment process, build recruitment teams and optimize their employment brands. He has trained authors to optimize their performance and success rates with their stories. He has a knack for finding the right people for a start-up environment. Moses puts the human element back in publishing. He is a Writer for Blende Magazine and blogger who has published articles, poems and essays on social media. He is known as a Networking Power Broker who has mastered traditional and social networking skills. As evidence, his smartphone contains some pretty powerful people he can turn to at any time for advice or just to chat. The author of three published books, he wrote THE BOOK Rita (The Sole Survivor) a novel and set the bar for how Urban Fiction books are written in the 21st century. He has been featured in numerous publications and blogs, as well as radio shows as a poet who uses diversity, networking, social media, entrepreneurship, career management and small business.

http://www.antoniomoses.com

LOVE & HIP HOP NEW YORK MENDEECEES HARRIS FACES 5 TO 40 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON!

Sentencing_Table This is the sentencing table used during the sentencing phase for federal defendants.

Mendeecees Harris plead guilty on cocaine and heroin charges,  (click on link)  mendeecees indictment. Enclosed in Mendeecees Harris indictment charges him with Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; Title 18, United

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LOVE & HIP HOP NEW YORK MENDEECEES HARRIS FACES 5 TO 40 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON

States Code, Section 1956(h). Sources say Mendeecees is facing 5 to 40 years and to add insult to injury he will be ordered to pay a fine of 1,000,000.00 U.S. dollars. As always here on Street Justice, we are dedicated to providing facts to give you a better idea of what all the hoola is all about.

 
For those of you who don’t know, individuals sentenced to serve time in federal prison are expected to serve 85% of their sentence. That is of course, if they don’t get into any trouble while doing time. There are different levels of institutions where inmates are expected to serve their sentences. What determines where an inmate will serve their sentence depends on their criminal history point and the severity of their offense. For instance, politicians or police officers sentenced to prison will be placed in lower level institutions to serve their sentence. Prisons are rated from Minimum to Maximum as followed:
  •  Camps are the lowest level institution to serve time.
  •  Lows
  • Mediums
  • Highs
  • Super Max

1.

MINIMUM SECURITY

Minimum security facilities, also known as Federal Prison Camps or FPCs typically house criminals who need the least amount of supervision and management. They have dormitory-like housing where inmates are able to coexist in the same space and interact regularly. There is usually a low staff-to-inmate ratio and limited or no perimeter fencing.

Prison camps will often provide inmates with work or program related activities. They are able to participate in community service and help fulfill service needs in the area.

This is the type of facility that housed Martha Stewart in 2004 when she was incarcerated for her involvement with ImClone Systems.

2.

LOW SECURITY

When a prisoner is incarcerated in a low security building, or Federal Correctional Institution, they are also housed in dormitory-like facilities. In addition there is also “cubicle housing” available as well at this level. There is typically a double-fence around the perimeter. Compared to minimum security facilities, low security prisons have a higher staff-to-inmate ratio.

Low security prisons also offer strong work and program components to inmates to keep them occupied and productive. Many of the inmates in low security facilities are either first time low-risk criminals or those who have shown good behavior in the system and have earned the right to be in an environment that provides more freedom. Inmates can, in fact, earn their way to a low security facility from a maximum security building for good behavior.

3.

Medium Security

Inmates who end up at medium security prisons are typically housed in cell-type housing.  Their facilities are within double fences with electronic detection systems in place.  A variety of work and treatment programs are available to these inmates as well if they comply and make efforts to improve their behavior.  Prison guards have more internal controls in medium security facilities.

Prisoners at this level are viewed as escape-risks and are potentially dangerous to other inmates and staff.  There is usually constant and direct supervision of all inmates.

4.

High Security

High security facilities are often referred to as United States Penitentiaries.  These prisons are usually behind heavy-duty perimeters, including walls and reinforced fences.  US Penitentiaries house their inmates in single or multiple cell housing with the highest staff-to-inmate ratios.  There are cameras situated throughout the buildings for close monitoring of inmate actions.

Inmates secured in high security facilities cannot often be trusted to work out in the field in any community programs.  They have very little opportunity to socialize with other inmates.  They are considered to be the most dangerous of them all.

More than likely, depending on how well Mendeecees Harris’s attorney negotiate with the United States Attorney, he will serve his sentence at a Medium Institution and work his way down. If he’s not considered a ring leader or an organizer in his conspiracy he’ll eventually be able to get to a lower level facility during his incarceration.

The statutes below are in Mendeecees Harris indictment. It can be located in the United States Code book.

 

18 U.S. Code § 1956 – Laundering of monetary instruments

(a)

(1) Whoever, knowing that the property involved in a financial transaction represents the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity, conducts or attempts to conduct such a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity—

(A)

(i) with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) with intent to engage in conduct constituting a violation of section 7201 or 7206 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or
(B) knowing that the transaction is designed in whole or in part—

(i) to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both. For purposes of this paragraph, a financial transaction shall be considered to be one involving the proceeds of specified unlawful activity if it is part of a set of parallel or dependent transactions, any one of which involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, and all of which are part of a single plan or arrangement.
(2) Whoever transports, transmits, or transfers, or attempts to transport, transmit, or transfer a monetary instrument or funds from a place in the United States to or through a place outside the United States or to a place in the United States from or through a place outside the United States—

(A) with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity; or
(B) knowing that the monetary instrument or funds involved in the transportation, transmission, or transfer represent the proceeds of some form of unlawful activity and knowing that such transportation, transmission, or transfer is designed in whole or in part—

(i) to conceal or disguise the nature, the location, the source, the ownership, or the control of the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(ii) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the monetary instrument or funds involved in the transportation, transmission, or transfer, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both. For the purpose of the offense described in subparagraph (B), the defendant’s knowledge may be established by proof that a law enforcement officer represented the matter specified in subparagraph (B) as true, and the defendant’s subsequent statements or actions indicate that the defendant believed such representations to be true.
(3) Whoever, with the intent—

(A) to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity;
(B) to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership, or control of property believed to be the proceeds of specified unlawful activity; or
(C) to avoid a transaction reporting requirement under State or Federal law,
conducts or attempts to conduct a financial transaction involving property represented to be the proceeds of specified unlawful activity, or property used to conduct or facilitate specified unlawful activity, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. For purposes of this paragraph and paragraph (2), the term “represented” means any representation made by a law enforcement officer or by another person at the direction of, or with the approval of, a Federal official authorized to investigate or prosecute violations of this section.
(b)Penalties.—

(1)In general.— Whoever conducts or attempts to conduct a transaction described in subsection (a)(1) or (a)(3), orsection 1957, or a transportation, transmission, or transfer described in subsection (a)(2), is liable to the United States for a civil penalty of not more than the greater of—

(A) the value of the property, funds, or monetary instruments involved in the transaction; or
(B) $10,000.

21 U.S. Code § 846 – Attempt and conspiracy

Any person who attempts or conspires to commit any offense defined in this sub chapter shall be subject to the same penalties as those prescribed for the offense, the commission of which was the object of the attempt or conspiracy.

 

THE DEADBEAT PARENTS PUNISHMENT ACT WAS PASSED IN 1998

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LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA STEVIE “J”

 

A lot of conjecture and speculation seems to be stirring about on the streets of Atlanta about Stevie “J” of the TV Reality show Love & HIP HOP of Atlanta and it’s my J-O-B to make sense of the non-sense. That’s right this is your man, the one and only Maestro dropping a little science on the subject. Now most of you may be wondering, what the hell is going on with my man Stevie “J” and believe it or not I’ve been wondering the same thing. All this talk on the show about Stevie “J” owing the feds and little snippets about child support being in the arrears. So the question from one of my followers was: “Can the feds indict you for owing back child support?” Well as crazy as it may sound, ABSOLUTELY! Don’ worry I’ll provide you with the statutes a little later but right now I want to give my take on the subject before, I get down to business.

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LOVE & HIP HOP VERY OWN STEVIE “J” FACING INDICT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

So here is my take, and I’m the absolute last person in the world to point the finger and judge. But, if you are making money and have children then it seems like you’re priorities should dictate the obvious. Now what a man endures and faces behind the scene only him, is maker and his baby mama knows. And you can best believe if his baby mama knows, it’s just a matter of time before a judge makes an appearance. Having said that, I’ve got one thing to say to the good brother, “If you’re going to be flexing about making a lot of money, make sure you’re current with any child support obligations”.  Especially, if you’re on a television reality show. First of all,

Extensive database and registry systems track parents who owe child support. Information is shared among states and between the states and the federal government. For example:

  • Employers must report all new hires to their state’s child support enforcement agency. The agency forwards this information to the National Directory of New Hires, a centralized registry that matches employee names with the names of parents who owe child support. The National Directory sets up income-withholding orders for delinquent parents.
  • States must ask for the Social Security numbers of both parents when a child is born and must pass those numbers on to the state agency that enforces child support.
  • Judges sometimes order noncustodial parents to pay child support to the state child support enforcement agency, which in turn pays the custodial parent. This method is often used when the noncustodial parent is without regular income (perhaps self-employed) or when parents agree to waive the automatic wage withholding.

So the question remains; Can the federal government indict you for being delinquent in child support?

Why are the states and the federal government using criminal penalties for delinquent child support obligatory? Both state and federal laws targeting parents who willfully fail to pay child support to be criminally prosecuted are gaining support in the legislatures, the courts, and the public. Child support experts and policymakers are differentiating between those who “can’t pay” and those who “won’t pay.” Nationwide, the states are developing and using more aggressive enforcement mechanisms to pursue those who simply refuse to pay. State and federal prosecutors target parents who purposely hide assets, avoid employment or otherwise shirk their responsibilities. States such as Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia, have conducted high profile trials and “sting” operations to locate and prosecute parents with large child support debts – in some cases there is several hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake. Federal agencies involved are the Inspector General’s Office and Office of the Child Support Enforcement of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, along with the U.S. Department of Justice, created Project Save our Children (PSOC) to create a comprehensive health and human services and criminal justice response to this issue. Most of the parents arrested and prosecuted by PSOC are wealthy individuals with substantial assets. Many think that child support is a matter of civil law (family law) and not criminal. It’s true that the child support guidelines and enforcement mechanisms are civil in nature, but failure to pay child support may result in criminal sanctions in three situations:

  • Prosecution under a state statute. In California, Penal Code Section 270 states in part, “If a parent of a minor child willfully omits, without lawful excuse, to furnish necessary clothing, food, shelter or medical attendance, or other remedial care for his or her child, he or she is guilty of misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $2,000, 1 year county jail, or both.”
  • Prosecution under federal law. The Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act was passed in 1998 and signed by President Bill Clinton and made it a federal crime to cross state lines in order to avoid child support payments. If a parent who failed to pay child support a minimum of $5,000 for a period of at least 1 year or if the parent owes at least $10,000, the parent may be charged with a felony and, if convicted, may be sentenced to up to 2 years in state prison.
  • Because child support orders are official court orders, a parent disobeying the order risks contempt of court.

What if the parent doesn’t have the resources to pay the child support? The inability to pay defense must be raised by the obligor. Additionally, instead of letting your arrears increase, a motion for downward modification based on change of circumstances must be immediately filed. Both the federal and state must prove that whether or not a parent has the financial ability to comply with the child support order is critical in their prosecutions. In other words, in order to obtain a conviction, a prosecutor has to prove that the parent has the resources to pay child support and simply chose not to do so. Before you face prosecution, parents who truly lack the ability to pay child support should consult an attorney to see what options are available besides a modification. Many states offer parents who cannot meet their obligations the opportunity to negotiate a payment or substantially decrease their debt.

So there you have it, lock stock and two smoking barrels! This is another report from your man Maestro, and I’m out-ta here.