Prosecutors said Shaun Harrison, 63, lived a “double life” as a leader of the drug gang while working at a public high school.

It would be nice to find positive examples of how “The Law of Cause & Effect” works, but they don’t get reported on as frequently as ones like this. Shaun certainly did not believe there was any substance to those words and now will spend twenty plus years in prison thinking about it. Will it change him? Perhaps, but hopefully and more importantly, it may serve as a lesson for others to not follow in his footsteps.

Boston School Dean Recruited Students for Latin Kings, U.S. Says

Prosecutors said Shaun Harrison, 63, lived a “double life” as a leader of the drug gang while working at a public high school.

Shaun Harrison was sentenced to prison in 2018 for trying to kill a student he recruited to distribute drugs.
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A former Boston public school official who recruited at-risk students into the Latin Kings gang and had the students distribute drugs on campus pleaded guilty to racketeering charges on Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said.

The former official, Shaun Harrison, 63, faces 218 months, or more than 18 years, in prison under the plea agreement, which was made in a case that targeted dozens of members of the Latin Kings. Mr. Harrison is currently serving a prison sentence for trying to kill one of the students, whom he shot in the back of the head at point-blank range.

Mr. Harrison was hired to serve as an academic dean at English High School in Boston in 2015, months before the shooting. He worked with families to help struggling students and ran an anger-management program for 10 boys at the school, using his position to recruit “a number of the at-risk students” into the gang, prosecutors said.

Mr. Harrison, known as “Rev” or “King Rev,” directed the students he recruited to sell marijuana and other drugs, which he provided, at the high school, prosecutors said.

“This former high school dean and self-professed anti-violence advocate was supposed to be looking out for the best interests of his students, when in reality he was living a double life as a Latin King, engaging in violence while recruiting at-risk students to traffic drugs and further the insidious needs of the gang,” Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s Boston office, said in a statement.

Four of the students whom Mr. Harrison recruited were charged in the federal case against members and associates of the Latin Kings and have each received prison sentences of between 21 months and 32 months. Mr. Harrison is the 60th person to plead guilty in the Latin Kings case, prosecutors said.

In December 2019, more than 500 federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested and charged dozens of leaders and members of the Latin Kings in the Northeast on racketeering, drug conspiracy and firearms charges. Two other defendants are still wanted on federal arrest warrants.

A sentencing hearing for Mr. Harrison is scheduled for Nov. 15. His charge under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

A lawyer for Mr. Harrison declined to comment.

Separately, Mr. Harrison was ordered on Friday to pay $10 million in damages to the student he had recruited to distribute drugs and tried to kill, Luis Rodriguez.

In March 2015, Mr. Harrison came to believe that Mr. Rodriguez had stolen money from him and that he might tell the police about the drug sales, prosecutors said.

That month, Mr. Harrison met with Mr. Rodriguez, then 17, and told him he was taking him to meet girls and to a party, according to a lawsuit Mr. Rodriguez filed in 2019.

While they were walking, Mr. Harrison shot Mr. Rodriguez in the back of the head with a handgun, leaving him bleeding, but Mr. Rodriguez was able to flag down a passing vehicle for help, the lawsuit said.

Mr. Rodriguez has suffered severe emotional distress, psychiatric injury, facial scarring, facial paralysis, hearing loss and other injuries from the shooting, the lawsuit said.

He also sued Boston Public Schools, but the judge dismissed claims against the school district. Mr. Rodriguez’s lawyer has filed an appeal against the ruling.

Mr. Harrison was sentenced in June 2018 to up to 26 years in prison on assault and other charges for the shooting. He continued to associate with other members of the Latin Kings in prison, including to try to identify who contributed to his conviction, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

In 2016, while awaiting trial for the shooting, Mr. Harrison denied that he lived a double life in an interview with a local television station, WHDH.

“I never, never sold drugs, I never sold guns, never turned kids into gang members,” he told the station. “Me? I would not even know how to do that.”

Amanda Holpuch is a general assignment reporter. @holpuch

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Prosecutors said Shaun Harrison lived a “double life”

Prosecutors said Shaun Harrison lived a “double life”

So! We now know that “Crypto” is here to stay! How do we know this? We do because we’ve just had the first case of “Insider Trading” filed in that space! Yes, it has taken this long for some genius to figure out their foolproof way to pull it off. “Heck” they thought. “Its a brave new world and it will take regulators years to figure out “which way is up! We’ll have a blast until then!


Well, “years” came a bit quicker for the trio involved here…a cautionary tale. Ie: Doesn’t matter what or when or where! What goes around comes around!


But who is in charge of that? What or who is watching and pointing it out to the regulators? What is their email address and phone number?


Sorry, unlisted! Its a force you can’t feel or touch but is real and tangible just the same. Its called “The Law of Cause & Effect” and it just struck a blow for the honest and good folks, yet once again! Wise up! It’s not a he or a she. Its a “Principle” and it is always watching and always responding in perfect measure.

Colombo Family Crime Boss and 12 Others Are Arrested, Prosecutors Say

An indictment unsealed on Tuesday accuses the organization of orchestrating a two-decade scheme to extort a labor union.

Credit…Jesse Ward


For two decades, the leadership of the Colombo crime family extorted a Queens labor union, federal prosecutors said — an effort that continued unabated even as members of the mob clan cycled through prison, the family’s notorious longtime boss died, and as federal law enforcement closed in.

Over time, what began as a Colombo captain’s shakedown of a union leader, complete with expletive-laced threats of violence, expanded into a cottage industry, prosecutors said, as the Colombo organization assumed control of contracting and union business, with side operations in phony construction certificates, marijuana trafficking and loan-sharking.

On Tuesday, 11 reputed members and associates of the Colombo crime family, including the mob clan’s entire leadership, were charged in a labor racketeering case brought by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

All but two of the men were arrested Tuesday morning across New York and New Jersey, prosecutors said. Another was surrendered to the authorities on Tuesday; another defendant, identified as the family consigliere, remained at large, prosecutors said.

The indictment accuses the Colombo family of orchestrating a two-decade scheme to extort an unnamed labor union that represented construction workers, using threats of violence to secure payments and arrange contracts that would benefit the crime family.

The charges are an ambitious effort by the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take down one of the city’s five Mafia families. In addition to the union extortion scheme, which is the heart of the racketeering charge, the indictment charges several misdeeds often associated with the mob, including drug trafficking, money laundering, loan-sharking and falsifying federal labor safety paperwork.

Detention hearings for the defendants in Brooklyn federal court continued into the evening Tuesday, as they entered not-guilty pleas to the charges; prosecutors had asked the court to keep 10 of the defendants in custody.

“Everything we allege in this investigation proves history does indeed repeat itself,” Michael J. Driscoll, F.B.I. assistant director-in-charge, said in a statement. “The underbelly of the crime families in New York City is alive and well.”

Around 2001, prosecutors said, Vincent Ricciardo — a reported captain in the family, also known as “Vinny Unions” — began to demand a portion of a senior labor union official’s salary. When Mr. Ricciardo was convicted and imprisoned on federal racketeering charges in the mid-2000s, prosecutors said, his cousin continued to collect those payments.

Starting in late 2019, prosecutors said, the senior leadership of the Colombo family became directly involved in the shakedown, which extended to broader efforts to siphon money from the union: for example, manipulating the selection of union health fund vendors to contract with entities connected to the family, and diverting more than $10,000 each month from the fund to the family.

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Andrew Russo, 87, who prosecutors describe as the family boss, is accused of taking part in those efforts, as well as a money-laundering scheme to send the proceeds of the union extortion through intermediaries to Colombo associates. He was among nine defendants charged with racketeering.

Mr. Russo appeared in court virtually from the hospital Tuesday; he is set to be detained upon his release, pending a future bail hearing.

The family’s infamous longtime boss, Carmine J. Persico, died in federal custody in North Carolina in March 2019.

Federal law enforcement learned of the extortion scheme about a year ago, prosecutors wrote in a court filing Tuesday; investigators gathered thousands of hours of wiretapped calls and conversations recorded by a confidential witness, wrote the prosecutors, who also described law-enforcement surveillance of meetings among the accused conspirators.

The authorities said they repeatedly captured Mr. Ricciardo and his associates threatening to kill the union official. “I’ll put him in the ground right in front of his wife and kids,” Mr. Ricciardo was recorded saying in June.

On another occasion cited by prosecutors in the memo seeking his detention, Mr. Ricciardo directed the union official to hire a consultant selected by the Colombo family, saying: “It’s my union and that’s it.” Prosecutors said his activities were overseen by a Colombo soldier and the consigliere who remains at large.

Much of the activity outlined in the indictment took place while the defendants were either in prison or on supervised release for prior federal mob-related convictions. Theodore Persico Jr., described as a family captain and soldier, was released from federal prison in 2020 and, despite a directive not to associate with members of organized crime, “directed much of the labor racketeering scheme,” prosecutors said.

Mr. Persico, 58, is set to inherit the role of boss after Mr. Russo, prosecutors wrote.

Several of the defendants were named in what prosecutors described as a fraudulent safety training scheme, in which they falsified state and federal paperwork that is required for construction workers to show they have completed safety training courses.

One of the defendants, John Ragano — whom prosecutors say is a soldier in the Bonanno crime family — is accused of setting up phony occupational safety training schools in New York, which prosecutors said were “mills” that provided fraudulent safety training certificates to hundreds of people.

In October 2020, prosecutors said, an undercover law enforcement officer visited one of the schools in Ozone Park, Queens, and received, from Mr. Ricciardo’s cousin, a blank test form and an answer sheet; weeks later, the agent returned to pick up his federal safety card and paid $500.

The purported schools were also used for meetings with members of La Cosa Nostra — the group of crime families commonly known as the Mafia — and to store illegal drugs and fireworks, according to the indictment.

Mr. Ragano wasn’t charged on the racketeering count, although prosecutors also sought his detention pending trial. In addition to the racketeering count, several defendants, including Mr. Ricciardo and his cousin, were charged with extortion, conspiracy, fraud and conspiracy to make false statements.

William K. Rashbaum contributed reporting.


An earlier version of this article misstated the number of people identified in an indictment as members of the Colombo crime family. It is 11, not more than a dozen.