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Palm oil fiefdom 1

JAKARTA - The series examines the political interests underpinning the land rights and deforestation crisis in Indonesia.  (Asia Sentinel)  MORE:   Part 2   Part 3   Part 4   Part 5   Part 6


President resigns

LIMA - Peru's president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation after secret video recordings entangled him in a new corruption scandal on the eve of an impeachment vote.  Kuczynski is the first sitting president in Latin America to be forced out due to links to the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has been at the centre of continent's biggest corruption scandal.  (Guardian UK)


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)


Suspended sentence

PARIS - A French court handed down a 3-year suspended jail term to Teodoro Obiang, the son of Equatorial Guinea's leader after a landmark graft trial.  The 48-year-old, who was tried in absentia, was also given a suspended fine of $35M by the Paris judges who found him guilty of embezzlement, money laundering, corruption and abuse of trust.   (AFP)   


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


Rupee withdrawn

DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the existing 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes will be withdrawn from the financial system overnight.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      


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)     


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) 


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 

Charged with embezzlement

CALGARY - Colleen Fay Dhuga cashed approximately $1.2M in cheques between June 2008 and March 2014.  In addition to the cheques, Dhuga is accused of making unauthorized purchases and cash withdrawals from corporate credit cards in her name.  (CTV)  MORE:   Woman charged 


Woman charged

HURON-KINLOSS - Roswitha Wiggermann, 60, is facing a string of fraud-related charges after police say a woman was bilked out of $1.2M of her life savings.   (London Free Press)


Ex-NHL agent charged

WINNIPEG - Police have charged Stacey McAlpine, 54, an ex-NHL agent with fraud alleging he bilked former Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips and Dany Heatley out of $12M.   (CP) 


Sentenced in absentia

BANGKOK - Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been found guilty and sentenced in absentia to 5 years in prison.  Ms Yingluck denies all charges and fled before the verdict.  Reportedly to Dubai where her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra lives, avoiding a 2008 sentence for corruption.  (BBC)   


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 


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)


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    Struggle to bring back antiquities 


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 

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 

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  

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 

30 years

RIO DE JANEIRO - A federal judge has sentenced Eike Batista to 30 years in prison for bribery and money laundering.  Batista was found guilty of paying $16.5M in bribes to former Rio de Janeiro state Gov. Sergio Cabral to secure government contracts.   (EFE)  

Eike Batista        Sergio Cabral

Court suspends mining

Temer cuts reserve from 512 to 3 hectares  

Chinese invest in Brazil's infrastructure projects

Temer abolishes Amazon reserve

Temer pays back supporters     

Cash found

Geddel Vieira Lima

Caixa Economica Federal Bank

Police arrest ex-minister  

Case dismissed

Michel Temer

President Temer charged with corruption

Latest corruption probe

President formally accused  

Political corruption the norm



Marcelo Odebrecht

Home release

Tycoon freed to begin house arrest    


Contracts by Odebrecht span the continent 

$2.6B fine 

11 countries

Getting out of jail

12 years   Antonio Palocci

Luba's supporters  

Lula begins prison term     

Silva convicted

Found guilty of corruption

Sentenced to prison

Symbolically powerful 

Brazil's corruption scandal

Former finance minister sentenced  

President replaces justice minister 

Country soaked in corruption

Culture of corruption engulfs elite    

Mogul confesses to bribing president


US DoJ press release    

How Brazil lost its way

Protests in Brazil

Operation Car Wash  

Operacao Lava Jato


Plot to topple president

Romero Juca

Michel Temer 

150+ parliamentarians implicated in crimes 

'Protection' protest


Did Batista burn ON teachers?

ON Teachers Pension Plan    

President impeached

Congress votes to impeach

Impeachment of Dilma Rousseff  

Eduardo Cunha

2016 Summer Olympics   

Alves   Silveira   Juca 

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva      

Dilma Rousseff

Government meltdown   

Fraud in railway projects

Camargo Correa


Petrobras signs financing deal with China

Bribery scandal still growing

Brazil's breakdown


General strike

BUENOS AIRES - The third 24-hour general strike launched by Argentina's CGT labor federation took effect, with protesters paralyzing the nation's major cities, especially Buenos Aires, which remains without public transportation.   (EFE)

Strike paralyzes Argentina 


Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner

$874M in assets frozen

Political persecution 

Fernandez administration accussed of crimes

Ex-president assets frozen

Argentine debt restructuring

Mauricio Macri

Former president indicted  

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.  

$70B debt restructuring 

Puerto Rico default

Historic default

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican government-debt crisis


Cascading defaults


Debt bomb could blow-up

Vulture hedge fund playground

Puerto Rican government-debt crisis  

Garcia Padilla


Charged with corruption

DURBAN - South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma, 75, faces 16 counts of corruption, racketeering, fraud and money laundering, which dogged his presidency and were reinstated in 2016.  Mr Zuma, who was forced out of office in Feb, denies any wrongdoing.  (BBC)

Jacob Zuma

Zuma in the dock

Supporters sing

Gupta family

Missing jet


Bombardiers deals with family

State of Capture  .pdf

Report points to possible corruption

Worrying evidence of corruption

State capture-Gupta brothers  


Former budget minister sentenced

PARIS - Former budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced to 4 years in prison, 2 of them suspended, for tax fraud and money laundering.  (AFP)  

Cahuzac affair

Jerome Cahuzac

Tax fraud

Press indignant over lies

Coup for news site    

Fraud probe

Thomas Fabius

IMF head faces court


To stand trial

IMF calls for more government spending

Suitcases full of cash

Charged with corruption

Hollywood plot that has backfired

Clearstream scandal

Nicolas Sarkozy  

Dominique de Villepin

Muammar Gaddafi

Corruption a European trend

Case against me 'political'   

Sarkozy detained


Christine Lagarde


Bernard Tapie  


Too important to jail 


24 years

SEOUL - A South Korean court jailed former President Park Geun-hye for 24 years over a scandal that exposed webs of corruption between political leaders and the country's conglomerates.  (Reuters)

5 years


South Korean political scandal

President ousted


Court ousts president


Lee Jae-yong

Impeachment explained

Park Geun-hye  

Choi Soon-sil


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)   

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?


Another ex-president in court 

SAN SALVADOR - Former Salvadoran President Elías Antonio Saca, along with 6 of his collaborators, went to a court hearing on Monday to face charges of embezzlement and laundering for allegedly diverting $298M dollars.  Saca is the third Salvadoran ex-president to be prosecuted for illicit enrichment or diversion of public resources.  (El Nuevo Diario) 

El Salvador

Elias Antonio Saca


Former president before the courts

Ex-president embezzled $300M+ 

Corruption in El Salvador

Mauricio Funes

Francisco Flores

Ex-president arrested

Nicaragua grants asylum to Funes

Ex-president to stand trial  

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) 

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  


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 on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria, drawing about 20,000 listeners a week.  (CTV)     


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


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  

Graft case

JAKARTA - Indonesian politicians 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.  PREVIOUS:   Graft probe   Jero Wacik    Corruption in Indonesia  


PM charged

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

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)


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 

Fraud charges

TABER - Police received a complaint of fraud with respect to the operations at the Oilmen's Club.   (Global)   MORE:   Charged 


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 


Fat Leonard scandal expands

WASHINGTON - The 'Fat Leonard' corruption investigation has expanded to include more than 60 admirals and hundreds of other US Navy officers under scrutiny for their contacts with a defense contractor in Asia who systematically bribed sailors with sex, liquor and other temptations.  (Washington Post)   PREVIOUS:   Fat Leonard scandal 

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


Police arrest more execs

TEL AVIV - The ISA has been investigating Bezeq over possible fraud and financial reporting offences. Israeli media reported investigators were looking into allegations that Bezeq received benefits in return for enabling favorable media coverage of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Reuters)

Police arrest senior figures  


Well-oiled bribery machine

Yisrael Beiteinu

At the heart of corruption scandal

Wide reaching corruption probe

Major corruption investigation launched  


Ehud Olmert 

6 years 




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:   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   


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)  


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  


Billions seized

RIYADH - In Nov, the Saudi government locked up hundreds of influential businessmen in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton in what it called an anti-corruption campaign.  Most have since been released but they are hardly free. Instead, this large sector of Saudi Arabia's movers and shakers are living in fear and uncertainty.  (NY Times)

Shaking up the middle east

Art of the settlement  

Prince freed after deal  

Getting assets out of the Kingdom

2017 Saudi Arabian purge

Mohammad bin Salman

Not a power grab


Don't be fooled by rhetoric

Saudi anti-corruption purge updates

Ruthlessness of crown prince


Funding private Islamic schools

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

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) 

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    

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)   

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)

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

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

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   

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)  

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)

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.    

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

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

Juan Ponce Enrile

Jose 'Jinggoy' Estrada

Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr

Senators amassed P581M

38 face plunder raps

Priority Development Assistance Fund scam



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)



Mortgage fraud

TORONTO - Police have arrested 4 people in what they are calling a 'sophisticated and complex' mortgage fraud investigation involving high-end properties in the city.  The total value of the fraud is estimated at $17M.  (CTV)

Key players charged

Police bust fraud scam

BMO settles with most

Mortgage fraud

Mortgage fraud

15 months for non-show

Mortgage fraud

Criminal investigation  

Police are investigating  

MP named in fraud lawsuit  

Devinder Shory   



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 

Internet sales tax

South Dakota v Wayfair   17-494  .pdf

South Dakota v Wayfair

Blaine, Canada's US mailbox 

Price gap to increase

Shipping costs  

Price gouging     

Canadian are less competitive  

Price gap continues

Canadians slow to bargain hunt  

Comparison of economies

If we don't take your money

Cross-border shopping $20B drain



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)

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

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



'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)

'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



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)


Employee steals millions  

'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

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)     

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

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)

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

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)  

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'

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)  


Nothing is secret

Israel espionage case points to new Net threat

Scandal shocks business world

Secret world of industrial espionage

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