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Albanian ‘refugee’ racketeers busted in Philly

Posted by Ann Corcoran on August 24, 2013

Diversity is strength alert for Saturday, August 24th!

Our unofficial crime reporter, ‘pungentpeppers’ has sent us another refugee crime story (yesterday it was this one from Dayton, OH) and today it’s ‘Feds charge 9 in loan-sharking, gambling operation’ (seven of the nine are Albanians who arrived in the Philadelphia area in the late 1990s).  

Gee, I wonder if they could have been on that 1999 airlift—the one where the Clinton Administration brought in thousands of ‘refugees’ to South Jersey, including Albanians, that was the subject of this National War College Report?

And, remember the terror plotters known as the Ft. Dix Six—the group had Albanian members.  One of them knew the military base because his father ran a pizza parlor in a South Jersey suburb of Philly.  When you read the FBI report on the bust yesterday, note the pizza connection!  One of the would-be Muslim terrorists had arrived at Ft. Dix as a refugee several years earlier.

Here is how I began my 2010 airlift post:

I just came across this report from the National War College about how the volags (supposedly voluntary agencies but really federal contractors*) were basically in need of warm bodies to resettle (for $$$) in the US in 1999 so they pushed Gore and the National Security Council to go against professionals in the State Department and even against the wishes of the UN and airlifted tens of thousands of Kosovar “refugees” to the US during Bill Clinton’s phony baloney Bosnian War.

I was going to give you some more links on those lovely Albanian refugees, but realize we have too many!  So, before, or after, you read today’s news you might want to review our Albanian archives.  One of the most recent stories we have on Albanians was about the dog rapist, here.

Back to today’s news.  ‘Pungentpeppers’ sent us the FBI press release from yesterday which begins with this:

WASHINGTON—An indictment was unsealed today charging nine people in a loan sharking and illegal gambling ring allegedly run out of several Philadelphia businesses.

The charges were announced today by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Edward J. Hanko, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division.

Ylli Gjeli, 48; Fatimir Mustafaraj, 41; George Markakis, 43; Gezim Asllani, 34; Rezart Rahmi Telushi, 40; Eneo Jahaj, 26; and Ardit Pone, 35, all of Philadelphia; Erion Murataj, 35, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; and Brian Jackson, 35, of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, were arrested this morning. The defendants are named in an indictment charging racketeering conspiracy, racketeering collection of unlawful debt, making extortionate extensions of credit, collections of extensions of credit by extortionate means, operating an illegal gambling business, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Read it all, it is very detailed.

Then this is from the Philadelphia Inquirer story:

Pizza parlor loan-sharking and gambling headquarters in Philadelphia.

Nine members of an Albanian-run gang from Northeast Philadelphia that specialized in loan-sharking and illegal gambling – backed by intimidation with a gun and a hatchet – were arrested Friday morning, federal officials said.

Only the alleged ringleader, Ylli Gjeli, had a lawyer present when those arrested appeared in Federal Court yesterday.  The Inquirer mentioned this amusing (sort of) exchange between the US Attorney and Gjeli’s attorney:

The only defendant with a lawyer present was Gjeli. Before the judge appeared, the lawyer, David Glassman, asked Assistant U.S. Attorney Salvatore Astolfi about various aspects of the case.

“No human trafficking, right?” Glassman asked.

“Right. You want us to add it?” Astolfi responded.

“Oh, no, no,” Glassman said.

Hmmmm?  Human trafficking possibly going on along with the pizza delivery business?  I wouldn’t be surprised.

See also, the FoxNews coverage here.

The open borders pushers keep telling us about how refugees/immigrants bring an entrepreneurial spirit to America and add to our economy because they open small businesses.  Every time I see a story like this one, I wonder if this is what they are talking about!

17 Responses to “Albanian ‘refugee’ racketeers busted in Philly”

  1. I guess you prefer Low Information posters here, Ann ?

    Excuse me for getting in the way of sharing information and edifying people.


  2. pungentpeppers said

    Mike, every category of immigration, as well as the whole issue of immigration, has its own stories. The problems vary with the type of visa, total numbers of people and the immigrants’ origins and demographics. There are other blogs and forums where these topics are addressed and discussed. Ann has a specific mission and limited time and money, so she cannot get involved in everything. Also, in order to be most effective, she might want to concentrate on broader policy issues, such as the cost to taxpayers, impact on public safety, etc., rather than spend her time reporting every single refugee-related and non-refugee related incident.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I have to admit though that writing about the incidents is a lot more fun than policy and economics! And, considering Rush Limbaugh’s latest effort to reach the low-information people, using incidents to introduce stats/policy/finances could be very effective. One more thing, there are loads of blogs and websites and organizations writing about illegal aliens. In fact, I cringe when I hear someone (especially a politician) say they are o.k. with legal immigration, it’s illegal they have a problem with because I know then that they don’t know what they are talking about.


      • pungentpeppers said

        Ann, you have an excellent idea there about incidents as stories. Before he was elected President, Ronald Reagan used to have a regular radio commentary show. He’d tell a story or fable so as to get his point across. If you took a special liking to one of his stories, you could send in a self-addressed stamped envelope to California (remember those days?) to get a transcript of his broadcast. Speaking about himself, President Reagan said it wasn’t that he was a great communicator, but rather that the ideas he communicated were great. So as long as we communicate important ideas, it does not matter whether we describe many incidents or few. The essential purpose of your work is to communicate great and important ideas, using the best method and tools available.


  3. pungentpeppers said

    Toronto, Canada. Somali gangs busted in Toronto’s “Little Mogadishu”.

    This news about “Project Traveller” is from a couple of months ago, but I did not see it in your blog.

    In June, Toronto Police conducted raids in Toronto’s Somali neighborhood, known as “Little Mogadishu”, and seized 40 firearms, illegal drugs worth $3,000,000, and $572,000 in cash (amounts are in Canadian dollars). They made 43 arrests of local gang members who worked with gangs in other Canadian cities. These criminals were responsible for shootings, robberies, and possession and trafficking of drugs and firearms. [Note that the guns came from the United States, so they must be working with contacts in our country.]

    Members of the Somali community held a press conference to complain about the raids. One woman’s statement was read: Saeda Hersi (whose gang member son was arrested) complained about how she had been praying before the raid and that her dignity was offended because she could not conceal her lower body properly and no one went to get her some water to drink during the police raid. [Sounds like theatrics to me.] The Somalis complaining about the police made no mention of the crime and victimization of the area that had been occurring at the hands of the gang bangers. [This attitude displays a Somali cultural acceptance of violence and crime when it is committed by members of their own group. It also demonstrates the typical refusal of Muslims to criticize fellow Muslims.]

    The Toronto Police Service issued a press release giving details about the results of their work: 44 arrests made, with 10 people still at large. It also gives the names of those arrested and the charges.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      LOL! Imagine how many refugee crime stories are out there that no one ever sees! I hadn’t seen this one. Maybe we should just have a pungentpeppers crime reporter section here at RRW! Seriously, do you want to turn this one into a guest column? I’ll put the links in. Just send me the text in the body of an e-mail and I’ll format it.


      • pungentpeppers said

        I’ll think about it (this is actually fun for me) but real life has a way of taking over. At any rate, in many of the cases I’ve come across, the perpetrators are not necessarily refugees, but legal or illegal immigrants. So they don’t fit the category of refugee crime. Except for the food stamps stories, you seem to stick to refugees. If you want to use something I wrote, but want to edit it or quote it within your own post, go ahead.


        • Ann Corcoran said

          Thanks… I’ll definitely post the Canada story tomorrow, unless you decide to dash off a guest column before then. I do try to stick with “refugees” except for the food stamp fraud which is tied up in my mind with refugees too. I got interested in it when a food stamp scam was revealed in Hagerstown, MD just about the time the refugees began arriving in 2007 (when I began this blog) and wonder if the now convicted scammer name Mohammed knew in advance that refugees were coming to town(we don’t have much of an immigrant population, or didn’t at that point). I also noticed that no one was writing about the fraud from immigrant-run stores (of course not—wouldn’t be PC to notice).


        • “I’ll think about it (this is actually fun for me) but real life has a way of taking over. At any rate, in many of the cases I’ve come across, the perpetrators are not necessarily refugees, but legal or illegal immigrants. So they don’t fit the category of refugee crime.”



          As one may bring himself to believe almost anything he is inclined to believe, it makes all the difference whether we begin or end with the inquiry, “What is truth?”

          –Richard Whately


          • Ann Corcoran said

            Yes, Mike there is a difference for the purpose of RRW. “Refugees” are selected abroad via the UN and the US State Dept. and are brought here as legal refugees who are eligible for all sorts of taxpayer-funded support. They supposedly have all proven they are being persecuted somewhere, blah, blah, blah.

            Asylees are asylum seekers who have gotten to the US on their own steam and then ask (and are given refugee status). If granted they too get goodies.

            Other ‘legal’ immigrants are here in some other program: student visas, temporary protected status, diversity visa lottery etc. They can work here, but are not supposed to be getting taxpayer gifts. We write about some of these occasionally because otherwise they wouldn’t get much attention.

            I should also mention there are investor visas where for sometimes a small investment in a store or business, buys the foreign investor legal status in the US.

            Then there are the standard illegals who got here somehow and have no right (so far! supposedly!) to any taxpayer support or right to work.

            The primary focus of RRW is the Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 and all of the mess that came from that. However, we touch on all of the other immigration issues from time to time.

            By the way, “refugees” are on the top of the heap in terms of how the public generally views them—-thanks to the media spin that has been placed on the program for three decades now!

            Our job is to balance the mainstream media with the other side of the story!


          • Here’s to your idea of “standards”.

            “BALANCE” THIS, ANN !

            Boston probe sheds light on ‘astonishing’ problems in student visa system

            By Barnini Chakraborty
            Published May 07, 2013

            Read more:


          • Ann Corcoran said

            Mike, are you implying that somehow I’m not doing a proper job? It isn’t a question of not wanting to cover all of the immigration troubles/fraud facing America, I simply am one person volunteering hours of my time every day to write posts. I don’t get paid for this, nor do I work for anyone in any way. As I have told innumerable commenters over the years (usually people telling me how wonderful the refugees are and I’m being too mean), please write a blog of your own, put your focus on what you think is important and I’ll come and visit your blog …even add it to my blogroll.

            And, sorry if you weren’t intending to sound critical, and then just generally for everyone who is reading this, our side is very small (most are volunteers) compared to the side arrayed against us, but we have no chance at all of getting our points out if every one of us becomes a gadfly—flitting from issue to issue and never focusing like a laser day-in and day-out on one important piece of the problem. I’ve chosen to focus mainly on the refugee resettlement program of the US State Department.

            Maybe you have a blog already, but if not then when you start one, please let me know.


          • Ann, all of The Regime’s exercises in semantics, used to describe what are ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS, are invented to differentiate what, in the end, are mostly, Terrorists and Criminals.

            They are let into our borders, with little, genuine concern as to what their “legal status” or vetting OF ANY KIND by Regime Government departments charged with legal responsibility to do so.

            Don’t get suckered into THEIR FAKE RULES.

            There may exist legalities, but in the end, it’s the Government’s decision and discretion, IF they will enforce, what The Law may say…AND I CHALLENGE ANYONE to state that this is NOT the case.

            IF IT WAS NOT THE CASE…you wouldn’t have a blog.


          • Ann Corcoran said

            I agree with you on the overall principle, but the Refugee law has been around for 3 decades—long before this “regime”—and I believe in light of our small number (and no funding) one has to pick one’s battles and not rage at the whole system. If enough people picked a piece of the overall battle and stuck with it, understood how a particular program works, demonstrate its flaws over and over again, reaching ever larger circles of people, we might get somewhere, but raging at the “regime” and pointing out their semantics in a closed circle of the like-minded will get us no where. And, the person doing it will burn out and quit. I’ve seen it over and over again in my circle of political friends.

            For everyone reading this, find your part of the larger fight. Figure out what you can do within the confines of the time you have for it (sandwiched between your daily duties). Plug away every day, know that you might not see the final fruits of your labors in years or decades, or in your lifetime. Most of all don’t rage and throw up your hands when the tide of this battle of all historic time doesn’t shift in your favor in a few months.


          • “… the Refugee law has been around for 3 decades—long before this “regime”—and I believe in light of our small number (and no funding) one has to pick one’s battles and not rage at the whole system. If enough people picked a piece of the overall battle and stuck with it, understood how a particular program works, demonstrate its flaws over and over again, reaching ever larger circles of people, we might get somewhere,”

            IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T REALIZED IT YET, The Regime has turned “the Law” on it’s own head, on this and other issues, and that you say, “Refugee law has been around for 3 decades” doesn’t matter ANYMORE.

            IN POINT OF FACT, what you call “refugee law” has been around LONGER than 30 years ?

            It’s “been around” since the beginnings of this Country…BEFORE it was formally a “country”.

            White people just didn’t spring up from the virgin streams,

            IN ADDITION, Ever hear of the Alien and Sedition Law ?



          • Ann Corcoran said

            Really, Mike, you should write a blog of your own. You will find it very satisfying to reach more people with your views.


  4. Alleged ties to Al-Qaeda, the Albanian Mafia, one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the United States and Europe stretches throughout the United States, Canada, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia.

    The FBI believes largely that the Albanian Mafia could be involved in “terrorist financing,” adding more specifically, “ties to organizations suspected of involvement in terrorist financing.”

    Even more so, support of Al Qaeda prove notable in the following:

    Yossef Bodansky, former Director of House Task Force on Terrorism, committed to saying,

    “The Albanian mob will not commit acts of terrorism…but will aid Al Qaeda..The role of the Albanian Mafia-tightly connected to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA a declared terrorist organization) is laundering money, providing technology, safe houses and other support to terrorists within this country.”
    Most if not all of the KLA has been trained and financially supported by Al Qaeda.

    (Kosovo was marked as a potential recruiting ground for Islamic extremists. The large numbers of young Muslims living in abject poverty in Kosovo plays ideally into the hands of terrorist recruiters. Al-Qaeda is extremely interested in the region because the Muslim families are large and teenagers make up half of Kosovo’s population, making Kosovo a prime reservoir for the recruitment of young Mujahedeen.)

    24 Wahhabi mosques , 14 orphanages and 98 primary and secondary Wahhabi funded schools have been built in Kosovo since 1999. Wahhabism Islam across the spectrum from revival and reform to global jihad is thought to be the chief spiritual source of the Al Qaeda terrorists.


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