Armenian Power

In February, U.S. prosecutors announced they had broken up the largest racketeering conspiracy in the U.S. and charged nearly 100 alleged gangsters and their associates with kidnapping, extortion, bank fraud, and narcotics trafficking.

The case itself was surprising for its size and the scale of the fraud. Even more surprising to most people were the perpetrators — a little-known gang called Armenian Power that had risen from the streets in East Hollywood to an international syndicate that could orchestrate multimillion-dollar credit card fraud and identity theft schemes that impacted the lives of hundreds of people across the country.