Family crime rings – There are a lot of family crime rings in the past and present. Crime can be passed down from father to son (mother to daughter too), shared amongst cousins. Keeping it in the family seems to be a successful crime tactic!
Family crime rings
So lets take quick look at some of those crime rings!
Berenguer + Medicare fraud
Robert, Carlos and Aristides Berenguer frauded the Medicare system with their Miami based medical equipment and rehab facilities. They were part of the compounding aerosol scheme where they paid people to participate so they could get cash from Medicare.
Berenguer + Medicare + $1.4 million: The scheme racked up $1.4 million!
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Berenguer + 57 months in prison + Medicare fraud: They were sentenced for a fairly long term!
Ivan Berenguer, a step-son was also involved in the Medicare fraud.
Lee Dougherty, whose motto was apparently “causing mayhem with my siblings”, Ryan and dylan caused a cross country man hunt after a Georgia, bank robbery. The Dougherty gang were said to have fired 20 shots at a police officer and robbed two cars in Utah. They were eventually spotted buying AK-47 ammunition at a Walmart in Colorado City. Dylan Dougherty got a 32-year sentence and among them 74 years total! The Dougherty gang had 20 prior felonies.
The Kray Twins
Everyone knows of the Krays. They are Britain’s best-known gangsters and caused havoc in the East End, London, England.
Ronnie and Reggie were twins with Charlie Kray, Jr., their older brother as one of many associates. Of their long long list of crimes the murder Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell were amongst them and the Kray Brothers faced life in prison. Ronald Kray died of a heart attack in 1995 and Reginald Kray died of cancer in 2001. In 2012 Kray Twins prison paintings went up for auction.
The Barker Gang
Brothers Arthur “Doc” Barker and Fred Barker with their mother Kate “Ma” Barker were wanted criminals throughout The Great Depression era. Withe their friend Alvin Karpis they committed robberies and kidnapping! Arthur Barker was killed during an Alcatraz escape attempt! Ma Barker’s Florida house hideout was recently on the market,
Their brothers Lloyd Barker and Herman Barker were also jailbirds!
The Barrow Gang
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are well known much due to the famous Bonnie & Clyde 1967 movie, However other members of the family Marvin Barrow and Blanche Barrow were also involved in the Depression era crime ring. The famous Bonnie & Clyde car saw the final gun battle for the pair. Buck Barrow sustained gunshot wounds and died of pneumonia, Blanche Barrow got a ten-year prison sentence and penned the memoir My Life With Bonnie and Clyde.
There is a Lifetime TV Bonnie & Clyde miniseries coming soon.
More crime family profiles can be found in this great slideshow from MSN.