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Fraud arrest

MONTREAL - Police arrested Bassam Salman, 62, on fraud charges on June 21. He is suspected of orchestrating an elaborate fraud scheme and allegedly embezzling $9M in funds over 9 years.   (Montreal Gazette)


President's wealth

KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila and his family own stakes in more than 80 companies at home and abroad that are likely worth 10s of millions of dollars, a report by the Congo Research Group  said.   (Reuters)   All the President's wealth   .pdf   Joseph Kabila


Missing turns himself in

VICTORIA - A Vancouver Island investment adviser who seemingly vanished in 2015 has turned himself in to police.  Harold Backer went missing after he told his wife he was going for a bike ride on Nov. 3 of that year.   (CBC) 


Corruption raids

MADRID - The judge ordered the seizure of more than 500 properties owned by Rifaat Assad and his relatives valued at $735M.  The accounts of 76 'legal entities' that were owned, administered or linked to Rifaat Assad and his relatives were also blocked.  (AP)   PREVIOUS:   Uncle charged   Corruption and money laundering   Rifaat al-Assad


Rupee withdrawn

DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight.  New 500 and 2,000 rupee denomination notes will be issued to replace them.  The 500 and 1,000 rupees notes are extremely common in India. (BBC)   MORE:   Banknotes abolished     Chart   Chaos at banks   Canadians with worthless cash    



BANJUL - Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the state coffers and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane.   (AFP)    Yahya Jammeh      


Cleared of plunder charge

MANILA - The Philippine Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plunder charge against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ordered her freed immediately after nearly 5 years of hospital detention.  (AP)   PREVIOUS:   Presidency of Arroyo   Arroyo plunder case    Gloria Macapagal Arroyo


Corruption revealed

MALDIVES - A new documentary, Stealing Paradise, provides an unprecedented insight into how international corruption is carried out. (Jazeera)   MORE:   How do you launder $1.5B?   Newspaper raided    Abdulla Yameen


Fraud charges

TABER - Police received a complaint of theft and possible fraud with respect to the operations at the Oilmen's Club in Taber, AB.   (Global)   MORE:   Charged 


Canadian fraudster

Cayman sources assert that more than $450M was taken from the accounts of retired North American investors. Implicated in the massive fraud are Sharon Lexa Lamb, Ryan Bateman, Derek Buntain, and Fernando Moto Mendes, all of whom except Mendes are known to have fled Grand Cayman.  (Caribbean news now)


Charged with $1.3M fraud

CFB HALIFAX - Former CFB Halifax civilian employees, Bry'n Ross, 61, and Wayne Langille, 70, are accused of colluding to overcharge for expensive parts for heating systems.  Dartmouth business owner Harold Dawson, 57, and his wife Kim Dawson, 54, face the same charges.  (CBC) 


Ethical concerns

SANTIAGO - Jorge Insunza was appointed on May 11 as part of a major Cabinet overhaul aimed at restoring confidence amid a flurry of corruption scandals involving parties across the political spectrum.  (EFE)  PREVIOUS:   Canadian mining watch - Chile 


PM charged

BUCHAREST - Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has been charged with several counts of corruption in a long-running investigation.  (BBC)  MORE:    Corruption probe   Victor Ponta   Corruption in Romania


Targeted seniors

VICTORIA - A commission panel found between June 2007 and Dec 2010 David Michael Michaels illegally advised clients to sell their stocks, bonds and mutual funds to purchase high-risk exempt market securities.  The panel heard Michaels paid $2,000 to conduct weekly infomercials, entitled Creating Wealth with David Michaels, on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria, drawing about 20,000 listeners a week.  (CTV)     


Being president was good for him 

SANAA - Yemeni ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh is suspected of corruptly amassing as much as $60B.    (Reuters)  Ali Abdullah Saleh 

Orgy of corruption

OTTAWA - A young Canada was knitted into a nation by an explosion of late-19th century railroad-building. Railroad projects of the era generally followed a fairly simple formula: Someone would dream up a railway project, promoters would use crooked political influence to secure government largesse and a handful of guys in top hats would proceed to get very, very rich on public debt.   (National Post) 



MARKHAM - Edward Gong is now fighting accusations by prosecutors in China that he played a key role in a massive pyramid scheme that took in more than $350M.   (Globe & Mail)


We have a problem

TORONTO - The provincial government introduced measures this morning aimed at cooling Ontario's surging real estate and rental markets, with the goal of making housing 'fairer and more affordable.'  (CBC)  MORE:   Changes explained 


Bribes in Asia

BERLIN - A survey of more than 20,000 people in 16 Asian countries has found corruption among public officials continues to be rife. An estimated 900M people were forced to pay a bribe in the previous 12 months.  The Berlin-based Transparency International carried out the survey, which showed that the poor are the hardest hit by corruption with some 38% of respondents saying they had to pay so-called 'tea money.'  (DW)   REPORT:   Corruption in Asia Pacific  

30 months

HUDSON - The former General Manager of Hudson is being sentenced after stealing more than $1M from the town.  Louise Leger Villandre pleaded guilty in December 2015 to committing fraud, falsifying documents, and breaching the public trust.  (CTV)


Police, protesters clash

PRETORIA - Police in South Africa have fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannon in an attempt to disperse protesters who have gathered outside Jacob Zuma's offices to call on the president to resign.  (Guardian UK)  REPORT:   State of Capture  .pdf     Report points to possible corruption   Worrying evidence of corruption    State capture-Gupta brothers   Gupta family    Jacob Zuma


Artifact smuggling

NEW YORK - The recovery of the items is the result of a 4-year rigorous US federal investigation named 'Operation Hidden Idol' which blew the lid off a multi-million dollar smuggling racket involving notorious Indian antiquities smuggler Subhash Kapoor.  (Asia Sentinel)   PREVIOUS:   Subhash Kapoor    Artifacts returned to India    Struggle to bring back antiquities 


Fat Leonard

WASHINGTON - He tempted his targets with the high life: whiskey, cigars, prostitutes and cash.  His moles fed him bundles of military secrets and law enforcement files.  All so he could rip off the Navy on an industrial scale for years and years.  (Washington Post)   MORE:   Fat Leonard scandal 



LONDON, ON - A priest in has been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees.  Police say Amer Saka of the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church allegedly obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families into Canada.  (Toronto Star)   MORE:   Priest gambled away refugee aid   Money lost


Fortune telling industry

TORONTO - Investigating Toronto's thriving fraudulent fortune-telling industry that uses spells, potions, sleight of hand and smooth sales patter to collect small fortunes from thousands of vulnerable victims.  (Toronto Star)


IMF bailout warning

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned it will halt its $40B bailout programme to Ukraine unless the conflict-torn eastern European country takes immediate action to tackle corruption.  (Guardian UK)   PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Ukraine  


Graft case

JAKARTA - Indonesian politicians with key roles in President Joko Widodo's governing coalition have been caught up in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pilfered more than $170M of government money.  Anti-corruption police allege that a network of about 80 conspirators and several companies used the introduction of a $440M electronic identity card system in 2011 and 2012 to steal more than a third of the funds.   (AP)   PREVIOUS:   Graft probe   Jero Wacik    Corruption in Indonesia  

Global corruption

Revelations of tax-evasion and money-laundering networks on a global scale in the Panama Papers helped make the world appear more corrupt last year, according to watchdog Transparency Internationa.  (Independent UK)

Bribery scandal

The Bribe factory

How the bribe scandal unfolded in Iraq

Bribery Scandal, Explained

US Oil Industry Paid Millions

Inside The Battle

Big banks aid firm    

OECD foreign bribery report

In foreign bribery, check the big boss 

Politicians are the most corrupt

Governments can't fix it

Increase in corruption

Corruption getting worse 

TI Corruption Perceptions Index 

Corruption perception index 2016  

Populist leaders add to corruption

Canada #9 

'Problem for all'

Transparency International

Corruption translates to anger

Canadian code of silence  

If our leaders were corrupt would we know it?

Anti-Bribery Convention

Political corruption

UN conference on corruption

Corruption costs

Anti-corruption activists gather

Your NO counts 

Global meltdown-wealth

Two-thirds corrupt

Fight against corruption frustratingly slow

UN member states 


BRASILIA - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to 9-and-a-half years in prison.  (BBC)

Found guilty of corruption

Sentenced to prison

 Symbolically powerful 

Brazil's corruption scandal

Case dismissed

Michel Temer

President Temer charged with corruption

Latest corruption probe

President formally accused

Mogul confesses to bribing president

Cops busted

Political corruption the norm

Another minister resigns

Alves   Silveira   Juca 


US DoJ press release    

How Brazil lost its way




Contracts by Odebrecht span the continent 

$2.6B fine 

11 countries

12 years   Antonio Palocci

Former finance minister sentenced  

President replaces justice minister 

Country soaked in corruption

Culture of corruption engulfs elite    

Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff  

15 years

Eduardo Cunha

2016 Summer Olympics 

President impeached

Congress votes to impeach

Operacao Lava Jato  

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva      

Dilma Rousseff

Charged as top boss

Another politician arrested

Brazilian politician arrested

Protests in Brazil

Operation Car Wash  


Plot to topple president

Romero Juca

Michel Temer 

150+ parliamentarians implicated in crimes 

'Protection' protest

Release of tapped phone calls

Judge blocks appointment

CEO admits kickbacks   

Arrests in Petrobras raids

Eike Batista     OGX

Did Batista burn ON teachers?

ON Teachers Pension Plan    

Government meltdown   

Fraud in railway projects

Camargo Correa


Petrobras signs financing deal with China

Bribery scandal still growing



11 years

Lula aide jailed

Aide convicted

'Corruption trial of the century'

Mensalao scandal Luiz Silva  Jose Dirceu    

New criminal charges

Brazil's breakdown


Former president indicted

BUENOS AIRES - Former Argentine President Cristina Fernandez was indicted on charges she ran a corruption scheme with a public works secretary who was arrested in June while trying to stash millions of dollars in a convent.   (Reuters)  

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

$874M in assets frozen

Political persecution 

Fernandez administration accussed of crimes

Ex-president assets frozen

Former president indicted  

VP charged with bribery

Amado Boudou      

Ex-minister and bundles of cash

Cops arrested

8 dead

Looting spreads

Police on strike

Man killed during looting

Law enforcement in Argentina

Corruption in Argentina



SAN JUAN - Puerto Rico's financial oversight board filed for a form of bankruptcy protection under last year's federal rescue law known as PROMESA, touching off the biggest bankruptcy in the history of the US municipal debt market.   (Reuters)

$70B debt restructuring 

Puerto Rico default

Historic default

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican government-debt crisis


Cascading defaults


Debt bomb could blow-up

Puerto Rico's slide

Vulture hedge fund playground

Puerto Rican government-debt crisis  

Garcia Padilla



PARIS - A French court has found International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde guilty of negligence but did not hand down any punishment.  As French finance minister in 2008, she approved an award of $429M to businessman Bernard Tapie for the disputed sale of a firm.  (BBC)

Christine Lagarde


Too important to jail

IMF head faces court


Bernard Tapie

To stand trial

IMF calls for more government spending



SEOUL - South Korea's Constitutional Court on Friday ruled unanimously to remove President Park Geun-hye from office.  With the decision, which is final and unchallengeable,   (Korea Herald)


Court ousts president


South Korean political scandal

Samsung chief arrest 

Lee Jae-yong

Samsung head arrested

Heir arrested 


Impeachment explained

Park isn't going easy

Park Geun-hye  


Perfect G20

HANGZHOU - More than a third of Hangzhou's population were reportedly 'convinced' to leave town as part of what Chinese state media called a massive exodus that saw cars forced off the roads and a 7-day public holiday declared.   (Guardian UK)   

2016 G2O China

Chinese dynasty    

Global corruption

2014 G20 Brisbane summit

G20 leaders' communique

This crisis was foreseeable

Corruption kills millions


Trillion dollar scandal  .pdf    

56 deals worth $1.2B signed

Can I see your passport?



SAN SALVADOR - Former El Salvador President Tony Saca has been arrested for alleged illicit enrichment, unlawful association and money laundering.  Former President Mauricio Funes, who succeeded Saca, is also under investigation for corruption, as is former President Francisco Flores.  (AP)  

Corruption in El Salvador

Tony Saca

Mauricio Funes

Francisco Flores

Ex-president arrested

Surrenders to police

Nicaragua grants asylum to Funes

Ex-president Funes charged

Ex-president to stand trial  


Ex-PM arrested

LISBON - Portuguese police have arrested former Socialist prime minister, Jose Socrates, and 3 other people in an investigation into suspected tax fraud, corruption and money-laundering.   (AFP) MORE:   Ex-PM arrested     Jose Scorates  

Priest convicted

WINDSOR - A jury has convicted Robert Couture, 52, a southern Ontario Catholic priest of embezzling more than $150,000 from his Tecumseh church to fund a lavish lifestyle that included fine food and Disney theme park trips.  (CBC)



WINNIPEG - Leo McCaughan, the church's former financial administrator, faces charges.  (CTV)   MORE:  Church administrator embezzled 

$100M ends bribery trial

MUNICH - A German court dropped the bribery case against Bernie Ecclestone after the Formula 1 chief agreed to make a $100M payment.   (AP)    MORE:   Bernie Ecclestone 


Well-oiled bribery machine

JERUSALEM - The list leaves no room for doubt – the suspicions involve a well-oiled system of bribery centered around a single political party, Yisrael Beiteinu, a party now tainted with the stain of corruption.  (Haaretz)    MORE:   At the heart of corruption scandal   Wide reaching corruption probe   Major corruption investigation launched  

Dozens arrested

BELGRADE - Police in Serbia have arrested about 80 people in the country's biggest anti-corruption investigation.  One of those held is a former minister, Slobodan Milosavljevic.  Former head of the government's anti-corruption agency, Zorana Markovic, was also detained.  (BBC)   PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Serbia



VANCOUVER - A BC brother and sister committed $60M in fraud in a far-reaching scheme stretching to Taiwan, China and the Republic of Georgia, the BC Securities Commission alleges.    (CP)  

Fraud probe

PARIS - Thomas Fabius, the 'enfant terrible' of France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, was taken into custody on Tuesday as part of a probe into forgery, fraud and money laundering.   (AFP)   Thomas Fabius


Land scam bust

PRISTINA - Police in Kosovo arrested 6 people as part of an investigation into an alleged land scam that cost the state $34M.  Azem Syla, a prominent legislator from the ruling party, was the alleged leader of the fraud which is believed to have involved 40 people.   (Reuters)  MORE:   Escaped    Connections between politicians and hitman investigated     EULEX - Kosovo 

Who's next?

NEW YORK - On a quiet Friday morning in early February, a series of instructions using authenticated SWIFT codes was sent to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York allegedly from the Bangladesh central bank requesting the transfer of nearly $1B from the country's FX reserves.    (Zero Hedge)   MORE:   2016 Bangladesh Bank heist   Bank heist partly foiled by spelling mistake


Canadian nabbed

BANGKOK - Antonius Ceulen, who was charged in 2005 with racketeering, is in custody in Bangkok and facing extradition.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)    MORE:   Canadian arrested    

Jailed for corruption

BANGALORE - One of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for 4 years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years.  (BBC) 



YELLOWKNIFE - Callidus Capital Corporation, the Bay Street financing company that loaned Deepak International the money to buy the factories, filed a $5.9M lawsuit against the company, owner Deepak Kumar and his wife.    (CBC)

1 year

OTTAWA - Father Joe LeClair, a diagnosed pathological gambler, pleaded guilty to defrauding Ottawa's Blessed Sacrament Church of the money over the course of five years.  (CBC)   MORE:   Priest charged   Fraud charges   Joe charged  


VANCOUVER - In a notice of hearing, BCSC staff allege that in the alleged scheme the respondents, led by BC resident Thomas Arthur Williams and his Global Group of companies, raised about $11.7M from 123 investors between February 2007 and April 2010.  (CTV)  MORE:    BCSC has accused  

Safe investment, wasn't

MARKHAM - The retirees from Parry Sound are equally upset that Equity Associates Inc, the Markham firm salesman Mervyn Fried sold through, refused to compensate them for their losses, even after the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments found the company responsible.  (CBC) 


ASC staff allege that between March 2007 and the end of June 2009 that Neil Chandran, Energy TV and Chandran Holding Media Inc. raised some $56M from at least 210 investors, most of whom were Alberta residents, for various television, video and web-based products.  MORE:   Ripoff report: Neil Chandran   ASC accuses       

Attempt to lift immunity

PANAMA CITY - Panama's Supreme Court asked the Electoral Commission to lift the immunity from prosecution that former President Ricardo Martinelli enjoys as leader of his party so he can be prosecuted for alleged acts of corruption during his 2009-2014 administration.  (EFE)   MORE:   $100M from illegal visa trade    Ricardo Martinelli


10 years

NEW ORLEANS - Former mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin has been jailed for 10 years after being found guilty of bribery and money laundering.  (IBT)  PREVIOUS:   Ray Nagin   Hurricane Katrina   

Fraud charges

HALIFAX - St. Andrews United Church in Halifax is missing at least $400,000.  The accused is Tammy Marie James, 42, who is listed on the church website as the office administrator.  (CTV)   MORE:   Arraigned    


Where the money is spent

NAIROBI - Kenya's counterterrorism agency is working to stop another Westgate Mall-style terrorist attack on a shoestring budget: the Anti-Terror Police Unit in Nairobi has just $735 to spend this month.     (AP)   MORE:  Kenyan member of parliament    11th Parliament of Kenya Members   Corruption in Kenya    

Billions in looted cash

ABUJA - Nigerian officials say they have seized more than $10.3B in looted cash and assets in the past year as part of an anti-corruption drive.     MORE:   Assets frozen   Sani Abacha   US justice department Nigeria   Corruption in Nigeria 


Ex-IMF chief jailed 

MADRID - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of 4 years and 6 months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of 2 Spanish banks.   Spain's National Court said he had been found guilty of 'embezzlement' when he headed up Caja Madrid and Bankia, at a time when both groups were having difficulties.   (AFP)

Ex-IMF chief sent to jail

Rodrigo Rato 

Sentenced to prison

Gurtel case

Officials, businessmen jailed

Anti-corruption raids

Popular Party

Princess acquitted 

Cristina & Inaki Urdangarin 

Noos case  


Funding private Islamic schools

OTTAWA - The Saudi government is donating hundreds of thousands of dollars to help finance the expansion of private Islamic schools in Canada, according to newly leaked documents that shine a light on how foreign states are helping finance a growing demand for religious education.   (Globe & Mail)  


Leaks reveal cultivated ties before arms deal

Saudi diplomatic files

Saudi cables

Saudi Arabia tells citizens to ignore release    


Phone deals

TASHKENT - Gulnara Karimova, the estranged daughter of Uzbekistan's strongman leader Islam Karimov, is facing fresh allegations of corruption after an investigation accused her of accepting more than $1B from telecoms companies.   (Guardian UK)


The president's daughter

Money laundering investigation

Gulnara Karimova

Islam Karimov


JERUSALEM - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was found guilty Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a US supporter in a retrial on corruption charges.  (AP) 

Ehud Olmert 

6 years 



Money laundering arrest

LONDON - Altaf Hussain, the controversial leader of Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), has been arrested at his home in London.  He in effect runs the Pakistani megacity by remote control from his home 4,000 miles away.   (Guardian UK)   MORE:   MQM leader arrested

Capital flight 

WASHINGTON - Nearly US$1 trillion floated out of the developing world in the form of illegal capital flight in 2011, according to a new report released this week by the Global Financial Integrity, with China remaining the champion.  (Asia Sentinel)   REPORT:   Illicit financial flows from developing countries 

Wrong department

HALIFAX - The delays and cost overruns plaguing the restoration of the Bluenose II stem from Nova Scotia's decision to hand the job to a government department that had little experience managing construction projects.  (CP) 

Cost of steering double estimate  

Cost inflated

Documents show need for AG investigation

Premier asks auditor to review Bluenose II

Bluenose II  

7 years

SASKATOON - Ron Fast, 71, pleaded guilty in November to theft over $5,000. He was handed a 7-year sentence and ordered to pay $16.7M in restitution.  His car leasing company, Marathon Leasing, used a Ponzi scheme to avoid bankruptcy.  (CTV) 

Lawyer in hiding

TORONTO - Within a month of her abrupt departure, Golnaz Vakili would be named in a massive civil suit alleging she was a central figure in a sophisticated mortgage scheme investors believe could be worth as much as $17M.  (Toronto Star)

Death probe reveals fraud

MEXICO CITY - After the body of branch manager Maru Oropesa was found in a roadside ditch outside Mexico City in 2001, Scotiabank executives in Toronto sent bank investigators to Mexico.   (CBC) 

Corruption charges

TORONTO - Ashish Deb, 47, a former senior manager of Metrolinx allegedly received secret commissions and breached the public’s trust while working at the company in 2006 and 2007, according to the OPP.   (Toronto Star)

Public Works gives up

OTTAWA - A Public Works employee stationed in the German city of Koblenz transferred $3.3M of government money into 3 personal bank accounts.   (CP) 

Scamming customers

WATERLOO - Economy Lube has 12 shops across SW Ontario. The investigation uncovered a variety of problematic business practices.   (CBC) 

Fraud investigation

REGINA - The RCMP has launched a formal investigation into financial dealings at the International Performance Assessment Centre for the Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide.  (CBC)   

Dealer deception 

EDMONTON - Car and truck buyers need to be wary of salespeople who misrepresent optional products as mandatory fees, says the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, which regulates vehicle sales in the province.  (CBC)

Man sues broker

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man who immigrated to Canada from India and built his fortune in business here says he has now lost his wealth after his dealings with a local real estate broker, David Douglas.  (CBC)  


Contractor says he lost his home

Broker faces securities probe

Scambook for David Douglas 

Pastor, wife charged

TORONTO -  Marlon Gary Hibbert, his wife Verna, and Lorraine Bahlmann each face 38 charges of fraud over $5,000.  (CTV) 


Pastor ordered to pay $5.6M in penalties

Marlon Hibbert

Pastor steals 

'Inappropriate' costs

Despite guidelines that recommend vaccinating dogs every 3 years, many veterinarians continue to push annual vaccinations.  (CBC)  MORE:   Price differences shock


RIVERSIDE - Peter Pocklington, 71, had been sentenced to 6 months in jail, followed by 6 months of house arrest and 2 more years of probation.   (CTV)  Peter Pocklington   

Prison for fraud

OTTAWA - Emmanuel Feuerwerker, 60, and Lise Pouliot, 69, filed bogus physiotherapy claims over a three-year period beginning in 2002.    (QMI)

Former bookkeeper accused

RED DEER - A former bookkeeper for an oilfield company in AB has been charged with stealing more than $1M from her employer.   (CTV)

25 charged

TORONTO - Police say they have charged 25 people after GTA financial institutions were bilked out of nearly $8M in a loan fraud scam.   (CP24)  MORE:   Fraud arrests  

Guilty plea

TORONTO - Rowena Villanueva, 48,accused of bilking fellow Filipinos of more than $500,000 in a phony chiropractic clinic scam has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of fraud.    (Toronto Star)  

Tax fraud

PARIS - Former French Budget Minister Jerome Cahuzac has been placed under formal investigation over alleged tax fraud.  (BBC)   MORE:   Press indignant over lies   Coup for news site   Jerome Cahuzac  

Guilty plea

SUDBURY - Leo Caron admitted to playing a role in the scheme that led to the theft of almost $24M from Atlas Copco over the course of three and a half years.  (CBC)   MORE:   'Magnitude of greed astounding'

Canadian suspect

OTTAWA - Muhammad Rashid was once a senior aide for the Palestinian Authority’s founding President, Yasser Arafat, and head of the Authority’s public investment company.  (Globe & Mail)  PREVIOUS:    Former aide says Abbas worth $100M   Aide sentenced in absentia  PA issues arrest warrant  

Fraudster impersonated Canadian

NEW YORK - Prosecutors allege Howard Leventhal, 56, of Long Grove, Ill., scammed Paragon Financial Group for $800,000 by claiming the Florida company could collect money he said Health Canada owed to his company, Neovision.  (CP)  MORE:   FBI press release 

Mysterious case

TORONTO - Hari Venkatacharya was a man you could trust. A new-economy evangelist tailor-made for Toronto’s diverse business community, his admirers included a who’s who of Indo-Canadian business leaders. (Globe & Mail)  PREVIOUS:   Exec charged   Lata Pada

Canadian sentenced

MIAMI - Michael Kerry Deevy, a Canadian citizen, was sentenced to 5 years in prison in connection with a series of business opportunity fraud ventures based in Costa Rica.  (LAHT)   MORE:   US v. Kerry Michael Deevy   Canadian admits he is guilty

20 years

HALIFAX - A Halifax navy intelligence officer Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle was sentenced to 20 years in prison, plus a $120,000 fine, minus time served this afternoon for for selling secrets to Russia.  (CP)  

Spying for the Russian mob?   

Damage still 'ongoing'

Secrets sold for $72K

Lawyer 'stunned' client wasn't caught sooner

CSIS knew of spy's activity

Jeffrey Delisle  

Delisle warrants

Spy case warrants released

Spy pleads guilty

Guilty plea

Officer pleads guilty

Delisle pleads guilty

Spy pleads guilty

Huffington Post: Jeffrey Paul Delisle

CSIS highlights insiders threat

Political destruction

MANILA - Janet Lim Napoles, the Filipino-Chinese businesswoman at the center of the Philippines' massive P10 billion Pork Barrel scandal, handed over affidavits to a Blue Ribbon Senate committee implicating an astonishing 20 members of the Senate and 100 members of the House of Representatives.  That is five sixths of the entire Senate and more than a third of the House of Representatives.  (Asia Sentinel)    

Pork Barrel 

Pork Barrel scam 

Janet Lim-Napoles

Charged with 'plunder'

Juan Ponce Enrile

Jose 'Jinggoy' Estrada

Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr

Senators amassed P581M

38 face plunder raps

Priority Development Assistance Fund scam

Triumph of the swill

Pork is rotten 



Ex-president charged

HANOVER - German prosecutors have said they filed corruption charges against former President Christian Wulff, over alleged favors that prompted his resignation last year.   (DW)    Christian Wulff

Former accountant pleads

REGINA - Crown prosecutors allege James Besler bilked the CRA out of more than $200,000 by underreporting the executives' income and filing false financial statements.  (CTV)



BMO settles with most

EDMONTON - The Bank of Montreal has settled with all but a handful of the 160 parties it sued in connection with a sprawling case of alleged mortgage fraud in Alberta.  (CBC)

Mortgage fraud

Mortgage fraud

No bail for lawyer

15 months for non-show

Police bust fraud scam  

$3.9 mortgage fraud nets 42 months

Mortgage fraud

Calgary ripe for real estate fraud

Ideal crime

Criminal investigation  

Police are investigating  

MP named in fraud lawsuit  

Devinder Shory   

Croatian Credit Union




Price gap help - cut taxes

OTTAWA - Canadians and their federal government would save money by raising tenfold the amount consumers can spend on cross-border purchases before having to pay taxes and tariffs, a new report says.  (CBC)  

A gap too far

Senate price gap report

Canada - US price gap   .pdf  

Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick

Canadians pay more

Canadians pay more

Why things cost more  

Canadians bought 25,000 cars in the US

Tariff changes to widen price gap

Price gap to increase

Shipping costs  

Discredited 1970s policies

Price gouging     

Canadian are less competitive  

Price gap continues

Canadians slow to bargain hunt  

Canadians pay 20% more

Comparison of economies

If we don't take your money

Cross-border shopping $20B drain


Cross-border scam

SEATTLE - Ronald L. Brekke was found guilty of conspiracy and wire fraud after helping nearly 1,000 people falsely claim millions of dollars in tax refunds.   (CBC)

Guilty plea

WINNIPEG - Benjamin Harvey-Langton rolled into Winnipeg in a posh Mustang GT, booked himself into a deluxe downtown hotel and rented a plush luxury condo.   (QMI)

2 arrested

MONTREAL - The RCMP arrested a man and a woman after an Industry Canada small business loan program was allegedly bilked of more than $10M.  Bruno Ciaburro, 43, and Julie Paquette, 39, of Saint-Bruno, Que., are charged with fraud and making false documents.  (QMI)  PREVIOUS:   Fraud charges

House arrest

TORONTO - An Iranian man who took part in defrauding taxpayers of $14M from the Business Development Bank of Canada has been sentenced to 2 years of house arrest for his role in the scam.  Victor Abedi, 45, was ordered to repay $50,000 and serve 24-months of community arrest by an Ontario Court of Justice.   (QMI)

Condo fraud

TORONTO - A Star investigation in September 2011 revealed that Manzoor Moorshed Khan, president of Channel Property Management, borrowed millions of dollars against condominium corporations in the Toronto area without their knowledge.  (Toronto Star)


VATICAN CITY - The Vatican has suspended a senior German Church leader dubbed the "bishop of bling" by the media over his alleged lavish spending.  (BBC)   MORE:   'Luxury bishop' temporarily expelled   Pope suspends 'bling bishop'   Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst 

Cash transfers to Canada

OTTAWA - Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal  the country’s finance minister who was educated at Canadian universities, is facing allegations he stashed more than $1M away in overseas banks, including accounts in Canada.  (Toronto Star)

Staff hiding tips

OTTAWA - A blitz by Canada Revenue Agency auditors on an unfortunate group of waiters and waitresses in St. Catharines has exposed “very surprising” amounts of unreported tips and gratuities.  (CP)

Chief justice impeached

MANILA - Chief Justice Renato Corona, removed on charges he had failed to declare $2.4M in foreign currency deposits, is the first public official ever to be ousted by an impeachment court.  (Asia Sentinel)   MORE:  Impeachment   Corona guilty   Renato Corona  

'Guru' sent to prison

BORDEAUX - Thierry Tilly was sentenced to 8 years in prison for swindling three generations of an aristocratic family out of their fortune and turreted manor, after convincing them they were the targets of a Masonic plot.   (AFP)   MORE:   8 years   Aristocrats and demons

Car salesman jailed

BELLEVILLE - Naheed Ali Ramji was sentenced in a Belleville court to 7 months behind bars for “unconscionable representation” and “unfair practice” under the Ontario Consumer Protection Act, and falsifying information under the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act.  (Toronto Star)

Holocaust fund fraud

TORONTO - In documents obtained by CBC News, the FBI alleges that Luba Kramrish was part of a conspiracy that falsified documents to claim financial support from a special fund created by the German government after the Second World War.  (CBC)    MORE:  Holocaust survivor fraud

16 months

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg woman who cheated her employer of $230,000 has been sentenced to 16 months in jail. Linda Cousins, 48, pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $5,000.  (QMI)

Officer manager charged

THOMPSON - It was determined that between 2004 and 2009, a total of $1.5M went missing through fraudulent means.  Theresa Foley, 43, faces 98 fraud-related charges.  (CTV)

Woman accused of fraud

REGINA - A 71-year-old Regina woman is accused of theft and fraud in a case police say involves an estimated $1M in losses.  The woman charged is the owner and operator of the payroll service company.  (CBC)

Accused of funding scam

TORONTO - Alanna Steinberg, a wheeler-dealer who boasts a network of “angel investors,” sat at Wendy’s restaurant expecting the $5,000 she demanded up front from her latest mark.  (Toronto Star)

Fraud artists rip off $16M

TORONTO - A senior government bank official was part of a conspiracy that saw $16M in loan money ripped off by a group of Toronto-area fraud artists.   (Toronto Star)  

Hunt for former CEO

BROSSARD - Benito Driss, 33, also known as Nassim Ben Driss, Driss Nassim and Nssim Benyamina, is accused of taking $1.5M from the establishment.  (CTV)



Welfare fraud

TORONTO - A 28-year-old man is facing 33 charges alleging fraudulent applications for social services benefits in Toronto.  Charges against Alex Kusi include 10 fraud counts, 4 counts of personation and 5 of identity fraud.  (CP)

Pigeon King arrest

WATERLOO - Arlan Galbraith, 62,  was the sole owner and shareholder in Pigeon King International.   Police estimate about 1,000 people invested a total of $20M in the purchase of pigeons.   (CTV)   PREVIOUS:  Pigeon King declared personally bankrupt



Former priest pleads guilty

CAMPBELLTON - Yvon Doiron, 63, of Paquetville appeared in Campbellton provincial court to face four counts of fraud.  (CTV)

CBC manual

OTTAWA - CBC’s efforts to hide information from the public include a manual with instructions on destroying records.    (QMI) 



'There's something fundamentally wrong with the whole system'

TORONTO - A group representing dozens of lawn care companies trying to bring charges against Ontario's senior bureaucrats over the province's controversial pesticide ban is now calling for charges against 23 activists.    (CP)

Offshore accounts

MONTREAL - A wealthy Canadian is in court fighting the Canada Revenue Agency to block its probe into undeclared income in offshore bank accounts.  (CBC)   MORE:  HSBC   Herve Falciani   Probe reveals Swiss accounts  



Corruption scandal

ROME - Magistrates told Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe and former Infrastructure and Transport Minister Pietro Lunardi that they were being investigated for aggravated corruption.  (Reuters)    MORE:  Corruption investigation

Pastor sued for theft

MONTREAL - Reverend Mwinda Lezoka, a Congolese native who has served as pastor for 20 years, allegedly borrowed or was donated money from at least 24 members of the Bethel Christian Community.   (CTV)  



Ex-Clinton aide indicted

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors have charged a fundraiser in an alleged $292M pyramid scheme that spanned more than a decade, saying he used some of the proceeds to support election campaigns.  In an indictment  Iranian-born Hassan Nemazee is charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft.  (AP)   MORE:  Fund-raiser in $290M fraud

Fraud arrests

WINNIPEG - Four suspects were arrested between Mar. 11, and 13. Police believe, between 2004 and 2006 officers with the now defunct companies, Maple Leaf Distillers and Protos International in collusion with a former senior employee of a local financial institution devised a cheque kiting scheme to obtain unauthorized credit from the financial institution.    (CTV)  



Corruption backlash

DELHI - On the front cover of its new year issue India Today ran pictures of four men under the headline "2010 – year of the treasure hunters".  Inside an editorial said bluntly: "One word dominated the national vocabulary [last year]: corruption." (Guardian UK)


2010: The year of treasure hunters 

Employee steals millions  

Wealth management lessons  

'Fraudster' arrested 



Used subs bleeding edge

Canada's navy plans to spend about $120M to upgrade 36 torpedoes, but they still won't work in its four submarines without further refits.  The navy has MK-48 American torpedoes in stock, but the four British-built submarines aren't capable of firing them.  Even after the weapons are converted, Canada would still have to spend millions more to refit the submarines to fire them.  (CBC)  


Canadian navy has wrong torpedoes for subs

Submarine refit wildly over budget

Bleeding edge     

Victoria class submarine  

Jets just the start of spending boom  

Deal avoids fraud trial

TORONTO - The deal with prosecutors allowed Dr. Lorne Sokol to plead guilty to the lesser offence of contravening Ontario's Health Insurance Act, which carries a maximum fine of $25,000.  (Toronto Star)

Dumpster king

Toronto’s self-proclaimed dumpster rental king runs a sham company that is little more than a cellphone and website used to plunder homeowners’ credit cards with bogus charges.   (Toronto Star)

Mastermind identified

NEWMARKET - Vladimor Loginov is alleged to be the architect behind about 520 forged Israeli passports over the last 10 years, many of which were sold to people who then used them to get car insurance and commit staged collisions.  (CTV) 

Ex-ruler jailed

MONTEVIDEO - The former military ruler of Uruguay, Gregorio Alvarez, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for murder and human rights violations.   (BBC)    MORE:  Former dictator condemned to 25 years   Court deals blow to amnesty for Junta

Charged with corruption

PARIS - After 15 hours of questioning by police, Nicolas Sarkozy was driven to offices of a judge in the small hours where he, his lawyer and a senior magistrate were told they were being charged with corruption and 'influence-peddling'.   (Telegraph UK)  

Hollywood plot that has backfired

Clearstream scandal

Nicolas Sarkozy  

Dominique de Villepin

Corruption a European trend

Case against me 'political'   

Sarkozy detained


30M enslaved

Slavery's list of shame

Big promises, broken dreams

Canada's 'slave trade'

18 months

VANCOUVER - Franco Orr, 50, who lied to immigration officials in order to bring the family nanny to Canada from Hong Kong, luring her with empty promises so she would care for his 3 children, should spend 18 months in prison.  (CTV)  

Guilty of trafficking

Nanny blacklist

Nannies trapped in bogus jobs

Live-in Caregiver Program

Federal agencies fail to protect

Job bank could end rogue fees

Jailed for life

TAIPEI - Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of corruption by a court in Taipei.     (BBC)  

Chen Shui-bian

Ex-president charged

Lee Teng-hui

Ex-president given life sentences

Chen's detention extended

Ex-Taiwan leader in graft trial

Alleged money laundering

Cooking the books

VANCOUVER - Investigators with the Canada Revenue Agency allege InfoSpec Systems Inc. designed and sold electronic sales suppression software, commonly known as zappers, marketed under the name of Profitek.


CRA warning against tax software

Till tampering is hard to find

7 years for ex-lawyer

VANCOUVER - Martin Wirick, 54, has also been ordered to pay $2M in restitution to the Law Society of BC, which has reimbursed victims of the fraud.  More than $40M has been paid out to victims, including cases that aren't included in Wirick's guilty plea.  (CTV)   Law Society of British Columbia   The Wirick claims

Don't mess with the taxman

NEWMARKET - In his financial heyday, strip club owner Riccardo DiGiuseppe drove a Ferrari and captained a 60-foot luxury yacht called My Way.  DiGiuseppe, 61, heard himself sentenced in Newmarket court to a 6-year term in prison and ordered to pay a $2M fine.   (Toronto Star)

Nigeria graft boss strikes again

ABUJA - Nigerian anti-corruption agents have issued an arrest warrant for an eighth former governor.  Lucky Igbinedion of Edo State is accused of stealing more than $24M through three front companies.  (BBC)   PREVIOUS:  Nigeria corruption tsar sidelined   Nuhu Ribadu

’I am just a doctor’

KATHMANDU - "I am just a doctor, not a kidney dealer," Amit Kumar told reporters as he was brought to Kathmandu after being arrested Thursday in the southern Nepalese town of Chitwan.  (CBC)   MORE:  'Dr. Horror' nabbed

CN Rail alleging fraud

TORONTO - CN alleges Scott Holmes, a former track supervisor, directed maintenance and construction work to companies he secretly owned, sometimes using the ID numbers of other employees to approve payments, including billings for work never done. (Sun Media)

Shipwreck, treasure, insider trading

WASHINGTON - The US Securities and Exchange Commission said that Ernesto Tapanes, 39, agreed to pay more than $216,000 to settle insider trading charges in the case involving the 18th century shipwreck, code-named Black Swan. (Reuters)   MORE:  Canadian guilty of insider trading

Spitzer defense lawyers

ALBANY - New York Governor Eliot Spitzer may have made a smart move when choosing lawyers to help him avoid criminal charges for soliciting prostitutes. Two were top attorneys in the same office handling his case.  (Bloomberg) 

More woes likely despite resignation

Spitzer resigns

Money transfers spurred probe  

Spitzer's hooker

BC man defrauded investors

VANCOUVER - A commission panel ruled Brian Anderson perpetrated a fraud, made misrepresentations and distributed securities illegally under his Frontier Assets and Alpha Program investments.  (Toronto Star)

4 years

WHITE PLAINS - Former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik was sentenced to four years behind bars for eight felonies.  (AP)   Guilty plea   Bernard Kerik indicted   Bernard Kerik

Province to scrutinize laws

TORONTO - Laws in Ontario may not be protecting workers from questionable business activities, Government Services Minister Gerry Phillips acknowledged.  (Toronto Star) 

No fraud charges in job agency complaints

Hope for refund dashed

Dozens of lives ruined after answering job ad

Hsu charged with pyramid scheme

NEW YORK - Federal prosecutors unsealed a criminal complaint Thursday charging Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu with breaking campaign finance laws and creating a "massive" pyramid scheme.   (MSNBC)  

A $40M shortfall

Hsu cast wide net for donors

FBI reportedly examining investment

Clinton to return $850,000

Gangster "Shrimp Boy" Chow and Hsu


Asian triads and Sidewinder

Alleged fraudster in Manila

MANILA - True to form, Janice Del Rosario arrived back in the Philippines in designer clothes, sunglasses and a smile. She left minutes later in handcuffs for the same Manila-area jail where she had met her husband years earlier.   (Toronto Star) 

Cops prepare case vs. couple from Canada

Accused fugitive to be deported

Raid turns up fugitive mom

Refugee claimant bilks millions from friends

Clampdown on bogus colleges

TORONTO - Rogue career colleges that take advantage of students with false promises and fake degrees face a $250,000 fine and increased policing under tougher rules announced Wednesday by the province.  (Toronto Star)

Chef school shut down

Failing grade on bogus colleges

Who watches the watchmen?

College fined

Province could be doing more

Government warned to keep eye on colleges

Ombud urges career college crackdown 

Schools that make us look stupid

'Instant grad'

Private Career Training Institutions Agency

College sold fake diplomas

Jack of all trades, qualified in none 

Too much creative bookkeeping

They knew taxpayers had little chance of discovering their sleight of hand because spending estimates and year-end financial statements were presented in different - and incompatible - accounting terms.  (Toronto Star) 

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). 

Municipalities want cash

Political scholars fiddle

Carbon tax, road tolls, election reform

1,000 posts prop up tunnel

Aging Ontario bridges at risk 

FCM's green building fund

Infrastructure 'near collapse'

Most live in the southern part of the country

World's longest spy scandal still glossed over

The so called PROMIS affair would never have happened if the software invented by an American computer specialist, Mr. William A. Hamilton, had been a technical failure.  (Canadian Free Press)  


Secret US PROMIS software

Nothing is secret

Israel espionage case points to new Net threat

Scandal shocks business world

Secret world of industrial espionage

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