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$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

 

Music competitions are corrupt

LONDON - The majority of music competitions are corrupt, Julian Lloyd Webber has said, as he warned that judges often collude to ensure victory for their preferred candidates.   (Telegraph UK) 

  

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  

 

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    Neil Chandran   

 

 

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) 

 

Where the money is spent

NAIROBI - Kenya's lead counterterrorism agency is working to stop another Westgate Mall-style terrorist attack, which many here believe Somali militants will try again, 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  

 

Money laundering investigation

GENEVA - Switzerland's public prosecutor said it was investigating Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbekistan's president Islam Karimov, on suspicion of money laundering.   (Telegraph UK)  

 

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 

 

Pirates of 401

TORONTO - For drivers who crash or break down on Highway 401 in Ontario, it can go one of two ways.  (Globe & Mail)

 

'One big lie'

VANCOUVER - BC's securities watchdog ruled that Rashida Samji collected the fortune from 218 different investors between 2003 and 2012.  Samji declared bankruptcy in 2013.   (CTV)    MORE:   $100M fraud     Woman ran a Ponzi scheme  

  

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   

 

Princess must face fraud charges

MADRID - The sister of the newly-crowned King Felipe VI of Spain is to face trial on corruption charges.   (Telegraph UK)   PREVIOUS:    Cristina & Inaki Urdangarin    Noos case  

 

Son-in-law among arrested

MARSEILLE - Wojciech Janowski, 64, and his wife Sylvia Pastor, 52, are among 20 people under arrest for questioning about the murder of Helene Pastor, 77, outside a hospital in Nice on 6 May.  (Independent UK)    MORE:   Police arrest suspects    Arrested 

 

VP charged with bribery

BUENOS AIRES - Vice President Amado Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso and campaign material for the ticket he shared with President Cristina Fernandez.  (AP)    Amado Boudou     

 

Assets frozen

WASHINGTON - The US has frozen more than $458M that former Nigerian leader Sani Abacha and his conspirators obtained through corruption and hid in bank accounts around the world.   The US justice department said it was pursuing additional holdings in the UK with an expected value of at least $100M.  (Telegraph UK)     

 

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)

 

6 years 

TEL AVIV - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Tuesday to 6 years in prison for his role in a wide-ranging bribery case.  (AP)     MORE:   Jailed   Former PM sentenced   Convicted   Ehud Olmert

 

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:   Sentenced   Priest charged   Fraud charges   Joe charged    

   

Corruption translates to anger

The world is becoming increasingly intolerant to silence on global corruption and the impact of discontent is being felt from Egypt to Turkey to Brazil, new research by Transparency International indicates.  (Toronto Star)

Global corruption barometer 2013

Politicians are the most corrupt

Governments can't fix it

MPs & Senators have their hands in the cookie jar?

Increase in corruption

Corruption getting worse 

Global Corruption Barometer 2010

Corruption perceptions index 2009

2009 Global Economic Crime Survey   .pdf  

Enforcement of the OECD Convention   .pdf  

Revolving Door between Gov't & Business   .pdf  

Canada one of the worst

Progress report on convention

Bribes a massive drain

Canada 8th

Government guts anti-corruption law

Canadian code of silence  

If our leaders were corrupt would we know it?   

Anti-Bribery Convention

Corruption is getting worse

Canadians can't afford their wealthy

Flawed step

Political corruption

UN conference on corruption

Corruption costs

Anti-corruption activists gather

Your NO counts 

Global meltdown-wealth

   

Corruption file online

SOCHI - An interactive website launched Monday by anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny paints a vivid picture of suspected cost overruns and conflicts of interest at the Sochi Winter Olympics.  (AP)

Alexei Navalny

Sochi corruption file

Blog of Navalny in English

2014 Winter Olympics

Sochi.ru 2014

CBC: Sochi Olympics  

Sochi Olympics costs and corruption

All visitors to Olympics immediately hacked

Hotel horrors

Government warning

Looking for suicide bombers 

   

Cost inflated

HALIFAX - The NS consortium rebuilding the Bluenose II is routinely adding hefty markups on the bills it submits to the provincial government.  (CP)   REPORT:   Documents show need for AG investigation   Premier asks auditor to review Bluenose II   Bluenose II  

Fine, jail time

BRAMPTON - The CRA says its 3-year investigation found Deborah Dieckmann used a “complicated system” where her multiple staffing and payroll companies avoided roughly $6M in deductions for temporary workers and other clients.  (CP)   MORE:   Tax fraud 

   

Disability fraud

NEW YORK - 4 Nassau County men were the masterminds of a scheme that defrauded taxpayers of an estimated $400M by coaching faked mental problems to get Social Security payments for as many as 1,000 ineligible people during the past quarter-century.   (NY Newsday)   MORE:   106 indicted in disability fraud   Bogus 911 scam   NYC 911 disability scam    

Fraud

WASHINGTON - John C. Beale, the EPA’s highest-paid employee and a leading expert on climate change deserves to go to prison for at least 30 months for lying to his bosses and saying he was a CIA spy working in Pakistan so he could avoid doing his real job, say federal prosecutors.  (NBC)   MORE:   EPA warned of illegal salary in 2010   Official pleads guilty  

   

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 

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   Political corruption in Brazil   '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 

   

Making a hash of finding the cash

CAIRO - In the months after the “Arab Spring”, rumours swirled in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia that every household would gain a slice of looted public funds pried from the grasp of their former leaders and the cronies who surrounded them.   (Economist)   MORE:   Asset protection and regime change

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)   PREVIOUS:   Contractor says he lost his home    Broker faces securities probe   Scambook for David Douglas 

   

'Inappropriate' costs

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

 

Pastor, wife charged

TORONTO -  Marlon Gary Hibbert, his wife Verna, and Lorraine Bahlmann each face 38 charges of fraud over $5,000.  (CTV)    MORE:   Arrested   Pastor ordered to pay $5.6M in penalties   Marlon Hibbert   Pastor steals 

   

Life insurance fraud

TORONTO - A Toronto man and his parents have been arrested in an alleged $1M life insurance scam after an investigation that took police from Canada to Iran and California.   (CityNews)  

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)

   

Banned for life

TORONTO - Peter Sbaraglia, a Toronto dentist who solicited money from his family and friends to invest in a ponzi scheme has been banned for life from trading securities in Ontario.   (Toronto Star)   PREVIOUS:  Investors wouldn't get back much   Financial 'guru' kills self   Death adds to mystery

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

   

Priest accused

LONDON, ON - A Catholic priest in southern Ontario has been charged with theft after more than $180,000 went missing from his church.  Rev. Robert Couture, 49, is charged with one count of theft over $5,000.  (QMI)    MORE:   $180K in 'irregularities'

4 years

OTTAWA - Neil Shah, 33, has already spent 11 months in the clink leading up to his sentencing for frauds worth $2.27M, to which he has pleaded guilty.  (QMI) MORE:   Guilty plea   'Heartless con man' 

   

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

   

'Biggest single plunder of diamonds'

HARARE - Allies of President Robert Mugabe have carried out the "biggest single plunder of diamonds" since the days of Cecil Rhodes, stealing Zimbabwean gems worth $2B over the last 4 years, according to a new study.   (Telegraph UK)  REPORT:   Reap What You Sow   .pdf   MORE:   Partnership Africa Canada

Jailed

CALGARY - Bilking more than $1.5M from her employer to feed her gambling addiction has landed a thrice convicted fraudster a 4 1/2-year prison term.  The judge noted Janice Lorraine Boyes had been handed conditional sentences in 2000 and 2002 after admitting to lesser frauds to feed her gambling habit.  (QMI)

   

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  

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)

   

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

Business license welfare

TORONTO - A new report by the city’s auditor-general has revealed more than 1,500 of those collecting welfare have business licenses, suggesting some of those may be cheating the system.  (CityNews)  REPORT:   TESS Income Verification Procedures   .pdf

   

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

CSIS highlights insiders threat

Jeffrey Delisle  

Delisle warrants

Spy case warrants released

Spy pleads guilty

Guilty plea

Officer pleads guilty

Delisle pleads guilty

Spy pleads guilty

Chronicle Herald: Delisle

Huffington Post: Jeffrey Paul Delisle

   

Charged with 'plunder'

MANILA - 3 senators, Juan Ponce Enrile, Jose 'Jinggoy' Estrada and Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr, were formally accused of "plunder" by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.  At least 5 sitting or former members of the House of Representatives were also charged.    (Asia Sentinel) 

Senators amassed P581M

38 face plunder raps

Priority Development Assistance Fund scam

Triumph of the swill

Pork is rotten

Pork Barrel 

Janet Lim-Napoles 

 

 

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  

Croatian Credit Union

Fraud gets time served

Kingpin in $30M fraud jailed

$3.9 mortgage fraud nets 42 months

Mortgage fraud

Calgary ripe for real estate fraud

Disbarred lawyer also named

Ideal crime

Criminal investigation  

Police are investigating  

'Straw buyer' seduced into scheme   

Clients sent 'fraud' money abroad  

MP named in fraud lawsuit  

Devinder Shory   

Mortgage fraud  

Record fraud draws jail

 

 

A gap too far

OTTAWA - The profit margins of retailers in Canada and the US are about the same.  (QMI) 

Senate price gap report

Canada - US price gap   .pdf  

Maintaining the Gains, Moving the Yardstick

Canadians pay more

11% more   

Canadians pay more

Why things cost more  

Cross-border shopping $20B drain

Protectionism

Tariff changes to widen Canada-US price gap   

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  

Big Mac index

Cross-border shopping for a car seat illegal

Retail sales fall

Canadians bought 25,000 cars in the US

   

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

Two-thirds corrupt

BERLIN - Corruption has become an entrenched part of the global economy, according to the world corruption watchdog Transparency International’s (TI) annual report.   (Gulf News)   REPORT:   Corruption perceptions index 2012   Canada #9   Fight against corruption frustratingly slow   UN member states

   

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)

   

Insurance fraud

TORONTO - Uthayakanthan Thirunavukkarasu admitted to participating in a criminal organization, proceeds of crime, criminal negligence causing bodily harm and fraud charges.  (CityNews)   MORE:  Guilty plea

Indicted by US authorities

SAN FRANCISCO - William Wise, 62, faces 17 connected to an estimated $129M Ponzi scheme.  (Seaway)   MORE:  Millennium Bank Receivership   Former OHL team owner accused    Couple indicted    Ponzi victims coalition

   

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) 

 

 

Pastor charged

COLD LAKE - The pastor of a Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the Bonnyville, Alta., area is charged along with two others in a million-dollar scheme police allege exploited foreign nationals brought from Poland and the Ukraine to Canada for work.   (QMI)   PREVIOUS:   Relieved of duties   Priest charged with immigration fraud

Nursing home fraud

OTTAWA - A mother and daughter who worked at an Ottawa nursing home are expected in court to face charges of fraud against residents of the seniors facility.  In total, the two women are accused of stealing more than $340,000 from 18 residents at the home.  (CBC)   MORE:  Retirement home residents bilked

 

 

'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:  Offshore bank account probe   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)  MORE:  Fraud bust

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)   PREVIOUS:  Pastor pursued

 

 

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)   MORE:  Cheque kiting scheme

 

 

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

Navy subs

Submarine refit wildly over budget

Canada's fleet 

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)

   

Alleged bribe under investigation

IQALUIT - RCMP confirm they are investigating an allegation that a city councillor was offered a bribe in connection to a development permit recently granted for a new medical boarding home.  (CBC)

Bribe sought

TORONTO -  Kerry Wong, 44, is charged with two counts of extortion for allegedly trying to get $1,400 from Yanhui Lu and her husband, Hong Hai Kang, on July 25, 2007.   (Toronto Star)

   

Chirac indicted

PARIS - Former French president Jacques Chirac has been indicted on embezzlement charges.   (AFP) 

New corruption allegations

Trial ordered

Court action against Chirac

   

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

   

Former envoy could earn $100M

NEW YORK - Peter W. Galbraith 58, a former US ambassador who recently quit as deputy head of the UN mission in Kabul, struck a potentially lucrative oil deal in Iraqi Kurdistan which could reportedly earn him $100M. 

Embezzlement investigation

PARIS - Veteran French Polynesia leader Gaston Flosse, an ally of former president Jacques Chirac, was questioned in a graft probe in Tahiti as police searched his home and party headquarters.   (AFP)

   

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)  

Case against me 'political'   

Sarkozy detained

 Ex-president held

Detained      

Document falsifiers give evidence

Jean-Louis Gregorin

Imad Lahoud

Hollywood plot that has backfired

Justice turns a blind eye to political elites

Clearstream scandal

Nicolas Sarkozy  

Dominique de Villepin

Corruption a European trend

   

30M enslaved

Global slavery index 2013

'Modern slavery'

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

Agency charges nannies huge fees

A-Pro Caregivers and Nannies

Nanny blacklist

Nannies trapped in bogus jobs

Live-in Caregiver Program

Federal agencies fail to protect

Russian mobsters and human trafficking

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

Ex-president on trial

Chen's detention extended

Ex-Taiwan leader in graft trial

Alleged money laundering

   

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)

Former lawyer pleads guilty

Massive fraud law society on hook for $50m

Law Society of British Columbia

2 charged in fraud scheme

The Wirick claims

   

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

   

25 Years

ORLANDO - A federal judge sent Lou Pearlman off to prison for 25 years, then offered him what he called the "keys'' to his jail cell.  For every $1-million Pearlman recovers for the investors he scammed, he'll get a month trimmed off his sentence.  (Tampa Bay Times)  MORE:  Pearlman sentenced to 25 years   $300M Ponzi scheme

Fake hockey school

MISSISSAUGA - A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an Internet fraud involving a phoney hockey school and league, scamming as much as $100,000 from international junior hockey players, Peel regional police say.   (CanWest)   MORE:  Ex-owner of Junior A team arrested   Former Derbys owner out on bail

   

Racetrack closed

MONTREAL - The company that owns Quebec's four horse racing tracks has been placed under bankruptcy protection, resulting in the immediate closure of the Hippodrome de Montreal, formerly known as Blue Bonnets Raceway.  In 2005, the racetracks were sold by the province to Attractions Hippiques, owned by Senator Paul Massicotte. (CBC)  PREVIOUS:  Racetracks misspent public money

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.  Yesterday, DiGiuseppe, 61, heard himself sentenced in Newmarket court to a six-year term in prison and ordered to pay a $2 million fine, at the conclusion of one of the Greater Toronto Area's longest and most complicated tax evasion prosecutions.   (Toronto Star)

   

’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

Developer leaves buyers in limbo

KELOWNA - The Willows condominium development in the Okanagan town of Lake Country is in receivership, leaving about 78 purchasers in limbo.  The condos were being built by Divergent Environments, a Victoria-based company.   (CBC)

   

Highway safety threatened

EDMONTON - Lax security at Alberta's privatized registries has produced an embarrassing export trade in fraudulent drivers' licences that is threatening highway safety across the country.     (Edmonton Journal)

Ticket scandal

TORONTO - A senior executive at Maple Leafs' parent company Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has resigned and five other employees have been fired after the company learned of ticket irregularities.   (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

Forces find illegal driftnet fishing

COMOX - A multinational operation on the high seas involving a Canadian Forces Aircraft from CFB Comox has turned up photographic evidence of 10 vessels involved in driftnet fishing, a practice banned by the United Nations.  (Victoria Times Colonist)   MORE:  High seas stake-out 

   

Exec accused of stealing

VICTORIA - The Oak Bay Marine Group's former vice-president of finance has been charged with theft and fraud after more than half a million dollars was diverted from the company's bank accounts.  Graeme Bryson, 43, of Victoria, has been charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.   (Victoria Times Colonist)

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

   

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 on Thursday 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 international 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

   

Yacht club accountant accused

VANCOUVER - In his native Ukraine and for several years in Toronto, Walter Datsko was an accountant and family man who drove his two daughters to movie nights in a beat-up Oldsmobile. (Vancouver Sun) 

8 arrested in DVD ripoff

MONTREAL - The RCMP have busted what they describe as a Montreal-based network that pirated copies of DVDs, mostly of defunct U.S. television series, and sold them over the Internet.  (Montreal Gazette) 

   

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)

Dad cries foul over student loans

CAPE BRETON, NS - A Cape Breton man whose daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash four years ago says the federal government is harassing him over her unpaid student loans.   (CBC)

   

Parking spots as condos

TORONTO - Five Toronto-area residents face more than 100 fraud-related charges in a real estate scam that sold parking lot spaces as condos.   Bank employees, lawyers and real estate agents were all working together to defraud Toronto Dominion of $3.8 million.   (Toronto Star)

Pollution closes $2M beach

OTTAWA - A year after it opened, opponents of Petrie Island Beach -- which cost Ottawa taxpayers more than $2 million and sparked much debate -- appear to be right: The water is too dirty.  (Ottawa Citizen)  

   

Guilty plea

VANCOUVER - Former Victoria investment advisor Ian Thow pleaded guilty in Vancouver provincial court to 20 counts of fraud for duping clients and friends out of just under $8M. 

Thow fined

Investing Scandal - Ian Thow

RCMP should wait until arrest to celebrate

Crown charges Thow

Past catching up with Thow

Accountant unravels money trail

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

   

Con artist gets 7 years

EDMONTON - An Edmonton woman who created an elaborate pyramid scheme to fund a multimillion-dollar gambling habit was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison.  Cheryl-Lynne Braun, 41, defrauded 89 people of more than $22 million, half of which she spent at three city casinos in less than a year.  (Edmonton Journal) 

Police arrest man wanted for fraud

FORT MCMURRAY - Police have tracked down a man in the United States who allegedly defrauded a Fort McMurray company of almost half a million dollars.  Christian Richardson, 28, faces three charges of fraud totalling $425,000 and three counts of attempted fraud totaling more than $1 million.  (CBC)

   

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

Chinese 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

Degrees of embarrassment

'Instant grad'

Would-be drivers shop for easy road tests

Private Career Training Institutions Agency

College fined

Province could be doing more

Government warned to keep eye on colleges

Ex-students sue college  

Ombud urges career college crackdown 

Schools that make us look stupid

Student visas used as ticket into Canada

BC shells out cash, sees few benefits

Another private BC college shut down

Another private college under investigation

Province orders probe of second university

Controversial college forced to close

Private educator faces new questions

College head under investigation off board

College faces probe after complaint over degrees

Schools disciplined but names kept secret

Too cool for school too  .pdf  

   

Skill or luck

DENVER - Let's say you're playing poker and you need one more diamond for a flush.  The dealer turns a card, reveals a diamond and you win the hand.  Was it skill or luck?   The answer is affecting the fates of people across the country accused of breaking anti-gambling laws.  (LA Times)  

Feds freeze poker winnings

Internet companies settle US gambling claims

Cashing in on betting fever

US Congress deals online gambling a bad hand

Casinos/Gambling political contributions

US makes deal on Internet gambling

US to compensate for online gambling ban

WTO: US measures affecting cross border supply of gambling and betting services

World Trade Organization 2007 report

NETeller founder in conspiracy plea deal

UIGA exempt some US online gambling

Betting on double standards in the US

US ban online gambling devastates stocks

   

Income inequality

OTTAWA - Researchers at the Ottawa-based Centre for the Study of Living Standards looked at how much taxes and government benefits helped to even things out between the rich and the poor in Canada over the past three decades.  (CP)  

Impact of redistribution on income 1981-2010   .pdf

US rich still getting richer

World's richest

Forbes 2013 billionaires  

Where the billionaires live

Hurun Report  

Debtors' merry-go-round

Split between rich & poor

State of the world's children 2012 

UNICEF  

Gini coefficient  

List of countries by income equality

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

Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Canadian quality of life hammered

Wealth gap  

Inequality Street   

Canadian investors gouged by fees  

Rich severance a poor deal

Price gap

15 years of growth means little

World income inequality   

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

Low income in Canada

Canada 11th of 22

Commitment to Development Index

Center for Global Development,

The best place to live    Finland

Rich people less ethical

Rules forcing people into destitution

Poor stuck in a poverty trap

Ontarians turning to food banks

Poverty, inequality rates jump

Growing unequal

2011 prosperity index

National Council of Welfare

Income inequality

Gulf in health between rich and poor

Economic disparities kill

Closing the gap in a generation

Taxes main expense for families

Children living in poverty

Campaign 2000

2009 prosperity index

Canada rated #7

NB Poverty reduction plan

Worst places in Canada for winter

Conference board: Society report

Rich get richer, poor get poorer

Youth entering workforce earn less

Taxman seizes firm's revenues

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

Alberta rent aid program over spent

Gap between rich and poor widens

Ontario hunger report 2008  .pdf

Child poverty soars in Ontario suburbs

Lifestyles across Canada

Canada gets low mark

Global wealth 2011   .pdf

How are Canadians doing?   .pdf  

Rise of Canada's richest 1%   .pdf   

Homeowners hit with higher tax bills

Sticker shock

House paper millionaires double

BC property values up 23%

Non-refundable personal tax credits

Quest Food Exchange

Housing costs exceeding means

Working poor can't buy the basics

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)  

Accountability of governments, 2013  .pdf      

Pinocchio chart 2013

FCM blacklist corruption witness

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). 

FCM's green building fund

Infrastructure 'near collapse'

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Most live in the southern part of the country

$6B maintenance backlog

Alberta AG Annual Report 2006-2007

 

Municipalities want cash

Political scholars fiddle

Carbon tax, road tolls, election reform

Bombardier makes a pitch for piece rapid-transit

Tests on bridges miss fatal flaws

Montreal overpass closed to trucks

Government to unveil details

Overpass tragedy leaves legacy of mistrust

Tremblay signals all-clear

Sky isn't falling yet - but parts of our city are

Subway, stores reopen after tunnel scare

1,000 posts prop up tunnel

City core in chaos

FCM Infrastructure report  .pdf 

Risk of street collapse

Montreal downtown core shut down

Johnson report's 'Negligence'

21 more overpasses need repairs

13 of 20 overpasses deficient

Neglect, design to blame

Quebec fears panic

Lack of money delayed overpass repair: official

Overpass collapse not transport department's fault

City restricts trucks

Transport Quebec, contractor blame each other

Bernard company installed faulty steel rods

Daisy chain of contractors hired for overpass

Collapse raises questions about Canadian bridges

Que. to ban heavy trucks on bridges, overpasses

Number of structures under review is chilling

Ministry knew bars were improperly placed

Overpass overlooked

Fears justified

Parts of Quebec bridge fall off

Misplaced rebar caused overpass collapse: report

Concrete quality 'not the issue'  

Bridge was ticking time bomb, prof says

Laval roadway was crumbling before tragedy

Failure highlights aging infrastructure

5 killed in Quebec overpass collapse

What we're leaving: legacy of neglect

Alberta boom strains 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 $10.5 million 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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