Feds Arrest Nearly 100 In ‘Armenian Power’ Bust

GLENDALE (CBS/AP) — Authorities are arresting dozens of suspected members and associates of an Armenian gang in the Southland.

U.S. attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said Wednesday that hundreds of local and federal police are making arrests in Glendale and East Hollywood after authorities unveiled a federal racketeering indictment against the gang Armenian Power.

Witnesses say at least one warrant was also served in the Encino area during “Operation Power Outage”.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports an estimated financial losses in LA and Orange counties due to Armenian Power activity totals over $20 million.

A total of 99 people are being charged in federal and state courts.

The operation targeted a “Eurasian organized crime group” known as Armenian Power, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Officials say Armenian Power has been engaged in murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, extortion and other offenses. The gang is also known for identity theft and white-collar fraud.

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  • Gargamel

    Good riddance. ‘Nuff said.

    • poopsie

      Well put baby boi

  • Michael Newton

    It is about time

    • rjsmitty

      Thats what I was thinking!

    • arm3n1anpow3r

      I hope u get hit by a bus

  • Steve Fisher

    Good, a lot of bad stuff has been happening in Glendale.

    • Harry

      I am armenian myself but that doesn’t mean i support them. Lets not judge the whole culture based on some idiots. About a month ago 60 Mexicans were cought in an Insurance fraud and no one ever said that ALL mexcians are bad. Yan its just to Funny that you think All armenians shop because they do Credit Card Frauds. I Shop there with the money I worked for. Soo dont even go there and just talk about yourself

      • Patrick

        No amount of logic is going to stop ignorant uneducated people from posting their 2 cents of hate like this. Comment features like this on websites gives these classless bozos a soap box to stand on to make themselves feel empowered for a minute. Truth is, this kind of negative mentality will only take away from their own relationships with society and overall life experience. I’m happy to be a hard working tax paying Armenian that loves the USA, and i’m proud to say I choose the people I trust & associate with or entirely avoid based on character, personality, and my own instinct — Not their race or color. I’m glad these criminals will be brought to justice.

    • YAN

      Also a lot of good, you think the Americana would of opened if it was left up to the white folks and mexican shopping there. I dont think so Steve Fisher.

      • gazan

        Hey Ethan Grove is doing good because of Jews not WASP’s like you.

      • Ethan

        The grove has done just fine with us “white” and Mexican folks you bigot!

      • Hovig

        Who cares about the americana Or who opened it when it isn’t safe with all those criminals running around!

        Obviously you think you superior to whites and mexicans and it’s that mentality of entitlement by armenians that have created alot of problems in Glendale. Moreover,many armenians are rude and have no class. Quit tooting your own horn…cause your culture, Yan, leaves MUCH to be desired!

      • proud ArmeniYan

        Who are you anyway? HATER

      • C Mian

        Yan couldn’t have said it better my self aboush hrya’s think they can say whatever they want

  • AJ Morgan

    Bout time, they’ve had a free hand for far too long in that area. From ripping off the state with bogus home health care scams, accident fraud, ets – you name, these filthy crooks have their big noses in it.

    • C Mian

      Hi and what about the Jewish people please enlighten me

    • John

      AJ there good boys just like the boys up in Kansas

  • andy a

    there isnt a bigger crook than your american government idiot

    • Tigran

      Look at how Armenians have transformed Glendale, Burbank, La Cresenta, and other cities they have moved into. All those places were very limited as as far as economic progress is concerned. However if Armenians leave as you suggested what do you think will happen to the economy. We are going to take our businesses and consumption with us. Its basic economics, if you don’t understand that, maybe you should be the one to leave.

      PS. Historically anywhere Armenians have migrated to have lead to increases in prosperity.

    • Ashley

      first change your gay ass last name then talk.

    • Hovig

      yes they prosper alright! By milking the system, driving expensive cars and paying with foodstamps…so no, it’s not true prosperity because it’s funded by the taxpayers money!

      All the elder armenians are on medical medicare and SSI when try never worked a day in their life in America! You are scammers and the prosperity you claim is propelled by fraud! No thank you!!! Take your buisness and consumption elsewhere!!!

      • chozen 1

        right on the money….

      • lily Hurst

        about the SSI you just described all immigrants in our country. But about the foodstamps, I live in sacramento and I know a lot of Armenian’s here and actually they don’t even get foodstamps i always see them using dollars at the front counter when purchasing. I also like to pinpoint on that fact that those laws of medical and medicare and ssi were written by Americans like you and I, so we can’t really judge these people getting the chance in getting SSI even though they have never worked in US. Plus I’d like to add on the taxpayers money, do you know exactly how much taxpayers money is put into the funding? And two if you are one of those taxpayers who gets a refund at the end of the year please don’t count yourself in that line because you get your refund back. And I’d like to add taking business from our country is not good that’s how all corporations thought the way you did and that’s why we are in this economy! So take a chill pill and don’t take few people that you know and judge a culture!

  • johnny comelately

    will they all get ED HARDY jumpsuits in prison?

  • LAgirl

    Glad that our government are cracking this bunch of crooks. The are roaming around the street as if they owned it. They should also investigate them for welfare frauds, medical and medicare frauds, etc.

  • LAgirl

    I meant, They are roaming around the street…

    • Rp

      It’s so funny how you people don’t have anything better to say. Always singling out the Armenians as if there isn’t problems like this for any other race like Hispanics, Blacks, or even Whites. There’s always a few bad apples in a bunch. No ones perfect, so no need to give your unnecessary opinions about ALL Armenians being like this. Next time before you open your arrogant ignoramus mouths go look at your own ethnicity then talk.

  • vic

    your stupid, not all armenians are alike..I’m a hard working armenian you stuped motha f@#$Er

    • jeff zuzasabadoa

      there are no hard working armenians… you should look up oxymoron in the dictionary.

      • germarmo

        That would be you with zit cream on your face

    • Vorig

      Then why are you on the internet during work hours? Eshak.

  • germarmo

    There are plenty of honest Armenians out there. In fact, they outnumber the crooks- just like any ethnic group. This Armenian would fight for your right to say stupid things but will punch you in the mouth for being a racist moron.

    • Ricardo Alberto

      yeah right. Haven’t met one honest armenian. They are cheap, shady, and mean.

      • Maj Sarz

        U say those things about Armenians but U know very well the whole world says those about your STINKY race and some more

      • Maj Sarz

        ricard,s race is the dirtiest and cheapest race on the face of the earth and he is giving opinion about Armenians!thats funny

      • SS


      • dntwryboutit

        thats cuz u dnt deserve to meet one u idiot

  • GodBlessAmerica

    99% of armenians are crooks period. Shady people, especially those guys at the stereo system place. It’s their gang’s hangout.

    • Harry

      srry to say this but you’ve been hanging out with the wrong armenians, Just stop judging the culture based on those crooks that you hung out with. I am armenian myself but that doesn’t mean i am saying that what ever they did is right. I am realllllllyyyy happy that they got caught. Since you have that hatred towards armenians, I would recomannd take your little time and learn about our culture and learn about who really armeinans are.

      • gary

        What i find funny is the fact your stating that you seem to hang around armenian crooks and how much u dislike them, or the reality of it is you were in an environment with armenians’ around and assumed they are crooks GodBlessAmerica…. so in other words your just racist.

    • Tigran

      Yeah your comment must be true. But just to be sure can you please provide the source where you got at 99% fro. I’m interested in running a Hypothesis test and figuring out if that term is statistically significant at a .05 percent confidence interval. Thanks! Im sure that you ignorance will prove to be correct!

      • ss

        I’m not going to disagree whole heartedly because I do think there are Armenians who put our name to shame. However, it’s not every day you hear about Armenian affiliated crimes and people need to realize that every race has its unfortunate cases and there are plenty of good Armenian people to go around. I think you’d be pleasantly surprised if you met some.

      • SS

        lmaooo. Well Put Tigran.

      • GodBlessAmerica

        I MEANT 99% of the Armenians that I have met in the San Fernando Valley from growing up with them in middle school, high school, college, and everyday places.

    • Martin

      well I happen to be an Armenian and I do drive a nice car. However I welcome everyone and anyone to challenge my hard work, 13 hour shifts and all other hard work i put in to provide nice things for my family. so Ms God Bless America, Kiss my American blessed ass and do your math before you open your uneducated mouth. mr 99%

      • lily

        Good one Martin! I totally agree with on that.

    • lily

      I’m curious where do you get those numbers? If you were at a court at this moment and bought in a number without statistics/ sources you would have failed miserably! Plus I’m an Armenian-American that loves USA even more than you do, and I do a lot of hard work working with legislature to actually do something to make life better for our country and let me guess you are one of those people who sits his ass down and blames every single person you know for your problems! And plus if you would ask anyone in Sacramento about Armenian’s they would tell you they are nice people and that is statistics! So that’s because you are having a bad day with with one or two people doesn’t mean to blame the entire ethnic group! And next time bringing in numbers get sources that are logical! Be realistic. God bless the United States Of America and God Bless all people!

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  • SS

    It’s unfair for anyone to generalize and say that Armenians are all crooks. If you don’t know any honest Armenians personally then you have no right to open your mouth. Armenians are just like any other ethnicity. You have some good and some bad. And I’ve seen the good, so I can talk.

  • mister s

    Ill bet the majority of those being indicted had “yan” as the last 3 letters of their name. Most I’ve met with those letters are arrogant criminal pricks. On the other hand, most I have met with surnames ending with “ian” are usually hard working people just trying to get from day to day like the rest of us. There are exceptions on both sides.

    • Harry

      Ok, your commant just proofs how Uneducated you are. Honestly. Instead of commanting to this article, you should learn about the culture. PPl like u make me sick. That saying that doesn’t mean I support those crooks who did all that fraud. I am happy that they got caught.

      • mister s

        Uhhh its an armenian that tipped me off to that. Their comment not mine. Then once I started looking….. he was right. All the ones I work with…. “ian”….. most the ones I see in the paper for being arrested….. “yan”.


        I stongly disagree with your “YAN” AND “IAN” theory. Of course that’s my opinion but i think most people would agree with me. The difference in most cases with either ending defirintiates what kind of Armenians they are or where they came frpm. For those of you who are ignorant and stereotypical, let me clarify that my last name ends with IAN but I am from Armenia. No, my last name doesn’t end with Yan. Immagine that! Please clarify your information to the max before you occuse people based on the ending of their last name. FYI..there are a lot of Jews who’s names end with YAN or IAN. Immagine that as well. How do u feel now? A little stupid i would say. The term exceptions to both sides doesn’t sides doesn’t do justice for what you stated, Mr/Mrs IGNORANT

    • lily Hurst

      you have to remember that there are Persians who have that last name too with yan or ian!

  • javier

    I have been in construction for many years, i dont know of any contractor that has anything good to say about armenians or that would work for them. In my own experience i can say that if they are from the middle east that they are educated and honest, if from russia or armenia, be careful

  • Sur

    For those of you who are labeling all armenians
    as being crooks, you are 1 of 3 things:

    1)Jealous,2) rasict, or 3) just arrogant.

  • johnny chingas

    Ok, maybe they arent all crooks. But can we still agree they are all arrogant as hell? That alone should be grounds for an arrest, charge them with mopery. Who cares, just get them out of the san fernando valley.

    • SS

      no we can’t agree that they’re all arrogant as hell because it’s not true. You’re arrogant for thinking those things. Btw you sound just like Hitler saying stupid things like, “get them out of the san fernando valley.” Why don’t you get out and take your hate somewhere with less culture. Perhaps the mid west would suit you better.

  • Jayy Jayy

    wow too many of you have one too many opinions keep your opinion to your self. LOL everyones hating as if they dont have a gang to back up there race.. every single race has a gang that defines them? is that what all of you are saying? How embarrassing are peoples opinions…

  • Anonymous

    It’s extremely sad seeing these negative comments on here…all cultural backgrounds have different kinds of people, many great individuals and many bad ones too, doesn’t give any of you the right to discriminate against all Armenians…and HOVIG you should be ashamed of yourself…your name should be something else and not related to anything Armenian…very very sad reading an Armenian speaking like this about his own culture…basically agreeing that YOU yourself are a very dishonest person and a crook…great going buddy.

  • Vorig

    The ones creating the trouble are generally from Armenia. They’re more Russian than Armenian. They’re also of a lower socio-economic background than other Armenian immigrants.

    Older waves of immigrants came from Turkey, Lebanon and Iran. These groups tended to be middle and upper class hardworking folks.

    • An Armen"IAN' woman

      VORIG- Your name says it all. To translate your name from Armenian to English, it means ASS. On that note, let me explain to you how ignorant you are. Armenians from Armenia or any kind of Armenians from anywhere are all one and the same. We are “ARMENIANS”. The Armenians from Armenia are not at all “more Russian” as u stated. We are Armenian. U must be very uneducated like some of the other ones that commented on this page. I can forgive them as it’s not their responsiblity to know their culture or their heritage, whereas it’s your responsibility as an Armenian to know where Armenia is in the geographical aspect of it. We are an independent country. Yes, Very independent. We have very many talented people. Without making u look any worse than u did yourself, i will tell u to get educated on the history of Armenia. FYI.. JEALOUSY IS MISERY

    • Charm

      Vorig, what I would kick your davachan vorig. And you know why because you are really VORIG lol.

  • David

    Wow this is something new. A group of men try to break the system and get rich. And the educated and intelligent folks like Hovig have the perfect solution to this problem.

  • Nice Work Feds

    The increase in Prosperity, at the cost of who? There frauds and schemes have to be paid by someone. And that someone is the honest, hardworking taxpayers. It was nice to see a few of these schemers go down.

    • TT

      Always glad to see the bad guys put where they belong, no matter what culture they are from,,, unfortunately – there is a downside …We get to pay for them to sit in Jail…. With our taxes etc… But glad things got cleaned up at least a little bit..

  • Not impressed

    what a stupid comment.

    • Vorig

      @Not Impressed:

      You’re right. Some Beirutsis are also low class.

  • Norma

    Hmmm. Is this why there were gunshots and about 10 FBI cars 6am this morning in Sevenhills (Tujunga) and 5 FBI cars and 2 police cars at a neighbors on Hillhaven?

    • Verdugo Dave

      ‘Cause that’s normal for Tujunga. Land of old truckers and future unibombers.

      • Norma

        Dave. We had a really good laugh at your comment. Thanks!!! I wish I could find out why there were 4 gunshots. My husband says it was if of 357 size.

  • Hovig

    arrogant armenian,
    Thank you for proving my point, Your name is fitting…arrogant AND ignorant armenian!
    You just showed us how uneducated, disgusting, and pathetic you are!

    You give us a bad name!

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