Damian Williams, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said: “The experienced career prosecutors of this office and our law enforcement partners stand ready to combat violent and organized crime, no matter how unconventional. We will not stand for gangs or any criminal groups who try to corrupt our communities and threaten our safety. Those who do should expect to find themselves in handcuffs.” Credit: slexp880/Adobe Stock Damian Williams, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said: “The experienced career prosecutors of this office and our law enforcement partners stand ready to combat violent and organized crime, no matter how unconventional. We will not stand for gangs or any criminal groups who try to corrupt our communities and threaten our safety. Those who do should expect to find themselves in handcuffs.” Credit: slexp880/Adobe Stock

An alleged member of the Bloods street gang was convicted of racketeering and extortion conspiracies for masterminding a “takeover” of the fire mitigation and restoration industry in New York City, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

In 2019, Jatiek Smith of Staten Island, New York, began working at First Response Cleaning Corp., an emergency mitigation services (EMS) company that provided fire restoration work such as demolition and construction. Shortly after joining First Responses, Smith assumed control of the operation and began recruiting other Bloods members into the EMS company’s ranks.

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