Sherman Oaks News
Member of Crime Family Receives Prison Term
By Damian Kelly
Jun 22, 2012 - 7:13:11 PM

SHERMAN OAKS—On Thursday, June 21, an Israeli man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in a 2003 murder in Sherman Oaks.

According to reports, Moshe Malul, 40, will also serve three years under supervised release upon completion of his 15 year federal prison sentence as ordered by United States District Judge Christina Snyder.

Itzhak Abergil, head of the crime family. Photo courtesy of OneJerusalem blog
Malul’s sentencing took place after he pleaded guilty last month to a federal charge of racketeering conspiracy.  He was accused of conspiring to commit murder and import the Ecstasy drug, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In his plea agreement, Malul admitted he was part of the Israel-based Abergil crime family and had hired members of the Vineland Boyz street gang to kill Sami Atias in retaliation for stealing Ecstasy that belonged to Malul and others.

Atias was killed in August 2003 when he was shot execution style.  According to prosecutors, Israeli crime boss Itzhak Abergil admitted during his guilty plea hearing in May that Atias was killed for interfering with a drug deal in which Abergil and others were involved.  Abergil received a 10 year federal prison sentence.

Malul and Abergil was a small portion of a 77-page, 32-count indictment in which Los Angeles federal prosecutors alleged that Abergil and associates ran one of the largest Ecstasy importation rings in the U.S. and worked closely with the Vineland Boyz to sell the drugs.

Approximately 100,000 Ecstasy pills at hubs in the Midwest that were being shipped to Southern California were intercepted by authorities.  Prosecutors estimated the street price for the drugs at around $2 million.

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