Round Up The Usual Suspects
By John William Tuohy
compiled by John William Tuohy
NEW JERSEY: The population of the town of town of Harrison, New Jersey, doubled this past weekend 14,000 people when producers of ``The Sopranos'' television crime drama held an audition there.
Police in Harrison, which has 13,425 residents, called in 150 officers from communities including Newark, East Orange, Lyndhurst and Kearny to help control the mob.
The auditioning ended after 5,000 people were let into Harrison High School to try out on a makeshift stage.
Sergei Mikhailov, of Moscow, was cleared by a Geneva court in December 1998 of charges of being a leader of the Solntsevo criminal gang following a high-profile trial.
Switzerland is the home to hundreds of so-called ``new rich'' Russians have settled since the 1991 collapse of communism.
The bills were hurried through parliament amoung loud objections from some members of parliament that they were not given enough time to examine or debate the bills.
The move came just one week after the U.S. Treasury Department issued an ``advisory'' to U.S. banks about the Caymans' lack of money-laundering regulation, and one month after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a Group of Seven (G7) watchdog, listed the country as lacking in financial controls to deal with criminal money-laundering.
The Cayman Islands, a tiny British territory in the Caribbean, is the world's fifth-largest banking center with more than $500 billion of assets at its 590 banks and trust companies.
Mr. Tuohy can be reached at MobStudy@aol.com
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