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NYC: Violent street gang founded fraudulent nonprofit to solicit grants

A vicious street gang responsible for murders and brutal assaults allegedly founded a fraudulent nonprofit to solicit grants and donations to fuel the members’ lifestyles, according to federal prosecutors.

Shanay Outlaw, aka Easy, with the help of other gang members, launched the charity D.A.E.M.P.I.R.E. — Determined Adults Exceedingly Motivating Peers Into Responsible Entrepreneurs.

Outlaw and rapper Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, are among 18 Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang members charged Tuesday with crimes ranging from murder and assault to cocaine trafficking and gun possession.

Outlaw allegedly managed the gang’s finances and updated senior members on the amount in the coffers, prosecutors wrote in a motion arguing that almost all the defendants should be held without bail. Outlaw was the only defendant for whom prosecutors recommended home confinement.

The nonprofit was principally run by Gorilla Stone street leader Christopher Erskine, who’s nicknamed Beagle.

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