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Sunset Park Gang Busted for Extortion, Illegal Gambling, Feds Say

By Ben Fractenberg | December 15, 2015 7:51pm
 Federal authorities charged eight members of a Sunset Park gang with extortion, illegal gambling and soliciting assaults on Tuesday.
Federal authorities charged eight members of a Sunset Park gang with extortion, illegal gambling and soliciting assaults on Tuesday.
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BROOKLYN — Federal investigators busted a Sunset Park gang whose members took part in assaults, extortion, drug trafficking and illegal gambling, the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

Gang leader Qian “Cash” Zheng, 44, allegedly paid to have a person beaten until they were “half dead” and had two of his underlings beat the owner of a gambling parlor with wooden stools. Zheng and seven of his associates were arraigned in Brooklyn federal court Tuesday.

“For years, Zheng and his associates committed violent acts to make money, protect their territory, and as retribution for perceived slights,” U.S. Attorney Robert Capers said in a statement. “Violent gangs are a blight on our neighborhoods, and we will do all in our power to prevent them from casting a shadow of violence over our streets.”

The other people arrested were Guifu “Chicken Feather” Gao, 35, Xin “Blackie” Lin, 33, Allen Hui Chen, 43, Kai Huan Huang, 25, Billy “Lo Di” Chen, 42, Jiayo Jiang, 45, and Xue Jiang Gao, 30.

The alleged gang members were charged with crimes including racketeering, narcotic trafficking, extortion, illegal gambling and soliciting assaults.

Zheng is facing a maximum of 164 years in prison. The other men are facing between 16 and 40 years.