A Plotline They Couldn't Refuse

LIFE IMITATES ART Have mobsters been watching too much TV? With the arrest of several gangsters for allegedly running a stock scam, the script seemed right out of HBO's hit series The Sopranos. In fact, it was:

SOPRANOS: REAL LIFE:

THE SCAM

Jan. 16, 2000: Christopher June 14, 2000: New York Moltisanti, far left, sets up mobsters busted for a brokerage operation to "pump setting up brokerage and dump" phony stock operations to "pump and dump" penny stocks

TACTICS

High-pressure phone calls High-pressure phone calls

TECH STOCK OF CHOICE

Webistics E-Pawn.com

VICTIMS

Senior citizens Senior citizens

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