By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
September 19, 2011
Wheatpasting and other expressive activities defacing public property have been a long tradition in the streets of New York, but whereas an anonymous perpetrator could quickly flee the scene, inclusion of a branded imprint cannot as easily escape penalties. Ruff Ryders' aggressive guerilla campaigns which launched the early careers of DMX, Eve and Swizz Beatz has now gotten the company into legal trouble under the direct scrutiny of Finance Commissioner David Frankel. The hip-hop label was named amongst a list of scammers and mob associate tax evaders to be targeted by Frankel, who commented in the New York Daily News, "We're going to come after you as hard as we possibly can."
Those wondering about the penalties by law against illegal posters can know that plastered bills carry a fine of $300, each. Ruff Ryders has accrued fines amounting over $1 million for putting up some 3,400 illegal posters.
Admittedly, it will be difficult to collect from a debtor who has no known major assets. "The likelihood that we'll find a major criminal's assets that are tucked away in Switzerland somewhere isn't high," said Frankel, but City Councilman James Vacca will try proposing legislation to bar business from receiving permits to operate until they have paid their dues.