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Credit-card fraud probe exposes alleged D.C. dogfighting ring called ‘DMV Board’

Discussion in 'Pit Bull News' started by Vicki, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    Credit-card fraud probe exposes alleged D.C. dogfighting ring called ‘DMV Board’
    By Rachel Weiner September 6

    An investigation into a long-running credit-card fraud scheme in the D.C. area led to the exposure of a D.C.-area dogfighting ring last week called the “DMV Board,” according to federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia.

    The government seized seven pit bulls from a home in Southeast Washington and six from a home in Temple Hills, Md. The homes had been searched as part of the credit-card probe.

    The dogs were being used in fights in the District, Maryland and Virginia, according to a court filing by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gordon Kromberg. At the home in Temple Hills, FBI agents found a fighting ring stained with blood, along with training equipment, dog trophies and performance-enhancing drugs. More pharmaceuticals, chains, collars, whips and other items associated with dogfighting were found in the D.C. house.

    Court filings suggest that Rodriguez Rodney Lomax Norman, some of whose phone conversations were recorded as part of the credit-card fraud probe, was also organizing dogfights in the D.C. area as part of the “DMV Board.” Three others named only by initials are accused of involvement in the dogfighting ring.


    Norman had written down a goal for the year 2017 — to raise a “champion” dog, meaning a dog that has won three fights, according to prosecutors. One of the seized dogs, “Pyrex,” suffered several bites during a fight in New Jersey in July, according to court documents.

    Most of the dogs that were taken were adults, but three were puppies just a few weeks old.

    Norman was ordered held without bond Friday in the fraud case, in which he and 11 others are accused of producing hundreds of fake credit cards and using them to buy thousands of dollars worth of cartons of cigarettes that they then resold for cash.

    The seized dogs are being kept at a facility contracted by the U.S. Marshals Service, according to court filings. Prosecutors declined to say where the facility is located. In the past — including the 2007 case against former NFL star Michael Vick in the same district — dogs seized in such cases have been kept in shelters whose locations are shielded from the public for fear that fight organizers would try to steal them.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/loca...b822a46da5b_story.html?utm_term=.69d0974ed901
     
  2. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    I hope most of the dogs are able to be rehabilitate, trained and placed in homes with knowledgable people without other pets.
     
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