Social networking for criminals?
Turns out the bad guys are using social networking sites too.
Francisco Ortiz, who Maryland authorities say is a member of the violent Latin Kings street gang, allegedly told his fellow gang members to clean up their MySpace pages in case Big Brother was watching.
Ortiz, who goes by "King Pone," issued a "d.o." -- that’s code for direct order --to the gang’s Maryland chapter, known as the Royal Lion Tribe of Maryland, court papers unsealed Thursday revealed.
The October 2008 order: take any photographs of "hammers and knives" off your MySpace page.
Unclear if Ortiz emailed the order or told his friends in person, but authorities said he was worried the police wanted "to do RICO" on all of them. Anybody who disobeyed could "catch a physie," or beating.
U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said gang members use electronic communication just like the rest of us, and that authorities are paying attention. Ortiz and 18 other alleged Latin Kings members were indicted in federal court on racketeering charges.
-- Maria Glod
November 20, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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