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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

 

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)

 

Uncle charged

PARIS - Rifaat al-Assad, 78, who was Syria's vice president in the 1980s, was placed under investigation in April for amassing a $100M fortune, including a stud farm and luxury apartments, despite being kicked out of Syria 'with nothing' 30 years ago.   (AFP)   MORE:    Corruption and money laundering   Rifaat al-Assad

 

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) 

  

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 

 

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

 

Ex-president charged 

SAN SALVADOR - Salvadoran former President Francisco Flores was indicted Thursday on charges he embezzled $15M donated to the country by Taiwan following a pair of devastating earthquakes in early 2001.   (EFE)    MORE:   Ex-president to stand trial   Francisco Flores 

  

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

 

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  

 

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  

 

$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:   Get out of jail settlement   Bernie Ecclestone 

 

New criminal charges

SAO PAULO - Once the richest person in Brazil, Eike Batista  had to sell assets and lost most of his fortune after OGX failed to meet targets.  (WSJ)   PREVIOUS:  Did Batista burn ON teachers?   ON Teachers Pension Plan  

 

Targeted seniors

VICTORIA - A commission panel found between June 2007 and December 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 

IMF head faces court

PARIS - IMF head Christine Lagarde must stand trial in France over a payment of $444M to tycoon Bernard Tapie.   (Independent UK)   MORE:   To stand trial   IMF calls for more government spending   Christine Lagarde

  

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)

 

State capture

JOHANNESBURG - The Gupta brothers - Ajay, Atul and Rajesh - have become one of South Africa's most powerful families. And they have triggered a provocative question: can a single business family capture an entire government?  (Globe & Mail)   MORE:   Gupta family  

 

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 

 

Embezzling

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

 

Charged

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

 

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

 

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)

 

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)

 

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 

 

Fraud

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

    

Global corruption

BRISBANE - While the G20 summit in Australia made headlines over global warming, economic growth and terrorism, much less attention was paid to the giant spectre of global corruption.   (CBC)   PREVIOUS:  2014 G 20 Brisbane summit   G20 2014   G20 leaders' communique    This crisis was foreseeable   Corruption kills millions   One   Trillion dollar scandal  .pdf    

 

Graft probe 

JAKARTA - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik is to be formally charged with taking kickbacks from oil and gas companies. He immediately offered to resign and the Democratic Party apologized for his behavior.  (Asia Sentinel)   PREVIOUS:   Corruption in Indonesia

Bribery scandal

Hundreds of major international corporations counted on Unaoil to secure lucrative contracts in Iraq, Kazakhstan, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, and other countries in Africa, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union, tens of thousands of internal emails and documents reveal.   (Huffington Post)

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 

Global Corruption Barometer 2010

'Problem for all'

Transparency International

Corruption perceptions Index 2014

Corruption translates to anger

Global corruption barometer 2013

Canada 8th

Canadian code of silence  

If our leaders were corrupt would we know it?

Anti-Bribery Convention

Canadians can't afford their wealthy

Political corruption

UN conference on corruption

Corruption costs

Anti-corruption activists gather

Your NO counts 

Global meltdown-wealth

Two-thirds corrupt

Corruption perceptions index 2012

Fight against corruption frustratingly slow

Door between Gov't & Business   .pdf

2009 Global Economic Crime Survey   .pdf  

UN member states 

Impeachment trial

BRASILIA - Brazil's Senate voted to indict President Dilma Rousseff on charges of breaking budget laws and put her on trial in an impeachment process that has stalled Brazilian politics since January.    (Reuters)

Protests in Brazil 

Another minister resigns

Temer   Alves   Silveira   Juca 

PMDB

Plot to topple president

Romero Juca

Michel Temer 

Impeachment process against Dilma Rousseff

150+ parliamentarians implicated in crimes 

'Protection' protest

Release of tapped phone calls

Judge blocks appointment

Resumes impeachment proceeding

Lula questioned for 3 hours

Petrobras

How prepared is Rio

2016 Summer Olympics 

Congress votes to impeach

Operacao Lava Jato  

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva      

Dilma Rousseff

How Brazil lost its way

Government meltdown   

Fraud in railway projects

Camargo Correa

VALEC

Petrobras signs financing deal with China

Bribery scandal still growing

Accused

Arrests

Arrests in Petrobras raids

CEO admits kickbacks   

Brazil's breakdown

   

Puerto Rico default

SAN JUAN - Puerto Rico entered a new financial era following a historic default as it prepares for the implementation of a federal oversight board that will have control over the island's dire finances and provide room to ease a crushing debt burden.  (AP)  

Historic default

Puerto Rico

Default

Cascading defaults

Exodus 

Debt bomb could blow-up

Puerto Rico's slide

Vulture hedge fund playground

Puerto Rican government-debt crisis  

Garcia Padilla

   

Duped

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)

2 women charged

RED DEER - RCMP say Alberta Blue Cross discovered fraudulent claims during an audit of employee coverage at a hog-slaughtering plant.  Donna Nast, who is 41, and Noralyn Zadrozy, 42, each face charges of fraud over $5,000 and using a forged document.  (CP) 

   

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     Antonius Ceulen

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) 

   

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)

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  

Accused

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) 

Accused

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.  (Beacon)     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.    (Sky)   MORE:   Assets frozen   Sani Abacha   US justice department Nigeria   Corruption in Nigeria 

   

Anti-fraud operation

MADRID - 51 regional and municipal political leaders, mostly from the governing Popular Party, have been arrested on the orders of Spain's anti-corruption public prosecutor in a police operation across 4 Spanish regions. (Spain Report)     MORE:   Anti-corruption raids      Princess must face fraud charges    Cristina & Inaki Urdangarin    Noos case  

Ex-president assets frozen

BUENOS AIRES - Assets belonging to former Argentine president Cristina Kirchner were frozen after she was charged with damaging national finances by manipulating the Central Bank's exchange operations during her last months in office.  (AFP)   MORE:   Former president indicted      Cristina Kirchner   VP charged with bribery   Amado Boudou      

   

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

Guilty

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 

Jailed  

Convicted  

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) 

Bluenose II restoration project   .pdf 

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) 

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)

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)   

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)  

11 years

BRASILIA - Brazil’s Supreme Court  sentenced a former presidential chief of staff to nearly 11 years in prison for his role in a congressional vote-buying scheme during the first 2 years of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s 2003-2011 tenure.  (EFE)   MORE:   Lula aide jailed   Aide convicted   'Corruption trial of the century'   Mensalao scandal Luiz Silva  Jose Dirceu    

28 years

DETROIT - What Kwame Kilpatrick did wrong - a long list that included taking bribes, steering contracts to his friend, extorting businessmen, deceiving donors to his nonprofit, living lavishly on the public’s dime and loading the city’s payroll with friends and family. (Detroit Free Press)   MORE:   'Kilpatrick Enterprise' coverage   'I really, really, really messed up'   Kwame Kilpatrick 

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) 

Arrested

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

Jail

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  

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

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 

 

 

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)

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

Cross-border shopping $20B drain

Protectionism  

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

Inflation rate surge

If we don't take your money

Smarting from high prices  

Cross-border shopping for a car seat illegal

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)

 Suspended

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

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)

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)

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)

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)

 

 

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

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   $100M stashed

 

 

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) 

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)

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)

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)  

Ex-president held

Hollywood plot that has backfired

Clearstream scandal

Nicolas Sarkozy  

Dominique de Villepin

Corruption a European trend

Case against me 'political'   

Sarkozy detained

Detained  

30M enslaved

Slavery's list of shame

Big promises, broken dreams

Canada's 'slave trade'

Global slavery index

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

A-Pro Caregivers and Nannies

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.  (Vancouver Sun)  

 

Restaurant tax fraud

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:  Kumar denies role in harvesting ring   'Dr. Horror' nabbed

Road to ruin

It was supposed to be a stress-free investment for Florence and Jim Langford. After all, the retired Saskatchewan couple was only looking for a little extra income to supplement their retirement savings.  It all started when Florence decided to take an investment course with a company called Whitney Canada.  (W-Five)

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

Jailed chef steamed lawyer free

EDMONTON - Brenda Martin found it ironic that prominent lawyer Marco Antonio del Toro wandered into the Guadalajara courthouse on the day of the final hearing in a legal nightmare that has seen her spend two years in prison.  Both Martin and del Toro once worked for Canadian con man Alyn Waage.  (Journal)

Martin found guilty

Conman's mansion for sale, by his lawyer

Mexican justice all about bribes

Canadian languishes in Mexican jail

Restitution delayed in Internet fraud

SEC action against Tri-West Investment Club

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

Fined

VICTORIA - Ian Thow, the former Berkshire Investment Group vice-president was fined $6M and banned for life from the province's capital markets.  But the Securities Commission acknowledges it may never collect the fine.  (Victoria Times Colonist) 

RCMP should wait until arrest to celebrate

Crown charges Thow

Past catching up with Thow

BC seeks missing millions

Media push for access to details on Thow's life

Many players to blame in Thow scam

The Ian Thow affair

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

Fraud artist found managing job agency

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

'Chinagate'

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 sold fake diplomas

Jack of all trades, qualified in none

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

Too cool for school too  .pdf  

'Instant grad'

Private Career Training Institutions Agency

Tax credit of no use to 60%

OTTAWA - The Disability Tax Credit reduces taxes but only for those who would otherwise pay taxes.   (CTV)

Child poverty falls in Canada 

Quarter of British children living in poverty

Impact of redistribution on income   .pdf

US rich still getting richer

Better life than most

OECD Better Life Index

OECD Better Life Index: Canada 

UNICEF ranks Canada 17th

Child well-being in rich countries

Bleak future for UK's young

Quality of living report 2011

Decline in Canadian wellbeing

World's richest

Where the billionaires live

Split between rich & poor

State of the world's children 2012 

UNICEF  

Gap at record high

Why inequality keeps rising    OECD

Country Note: Canada  .pdf  

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

How Canadians are really faring   

'We are the 30%'   

Income gap widening quickly

Canadians fall deeper into debt   

Canada Inequality   

Poverty costs BC $9B per year

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Forbes 2013 billionaires    

Canadian quality of life hammered

Wealth gap  

Canadian investors gouged by fees  

Rich severance a poor deal

Price gap

World income inequality   

Gini coefficient  

List of countries by income equality

Rich people less ethical

Rules forcing people into destitution

Poor stuck in a poverty trap

Ontarians turning to food banks

Canada 11th of 22

Commitment to Development Index

Center for Global Development,

The best place to live    Finland

2009 prosperity index

Canada rated #7

Worst places in Canada for winter

Conference board: Society report

Rich get richer, poor get poorer

Youth entering workforce earn less

Tax cuts won't buy a cup of coffee

Growing credit debt is crushing

Fastest rise in food prices in 14 years

Rich get richer, rest don't

Ontario hunger report 2008  .pdf

Poverty, inequality rates jump

Growing unequal

2011 prosperity index

National Council of Welfare

Gulf in health between rich and poor

Economic disparities kill

Closing the gap in a generation

Campaign 2000

Child poverty soars in Ontario suburbs

Lifestyles across Canada

Rise of Canada's richest 1%   .pdf   

Sticker shock

Non-refundable personal tax credits

Quest Food Exchange

2% hold half of world's assets

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). 

FCM's green building fund

Infrastructure 'near collapse'

Most live in the southern part of the country

Montreal downtown core shut down

Accountability of governments, 2013  .pdf      

Pinocchio chart 2013

Municipalities want cash

Political scholars fiddle

Carbon tax, road tolls, election reform

Subway, stores reopen after tunnel scare

1,000 posts prop up tunnel

Que. to ban heavy trucks on bridges

Misplaced rebar caused overpass collapse

5 killed in Quebec overpass collapse

Lack of money delayed overpass repair: official

Collapse raises questions about bridges

Aging Ontario bridges at risk 

10 years for con man

EDMONTON - Michael Ritter, Alberta's former chief parliamentary counsel, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for theft of $10.5M US and fraud in a massive pyramid scheme in the US.  (Edmonton Journal) 

Ties to con man snare clients

'I am deeply and sincerely sorry'

The man who wasn't real

A free fall from grace

Admits guilt

Ponzi suspect plotted escape

$43M embezzlement

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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