Thursday, October 22, 2020

Police in Costa Rica arrested in bold extortion plot targeting Canadian tourists

Police officers in Costa Rica have been arrested for shaking down Canadians in an extortion scheme targeting unwary tourists. (National Post)

Former SNC-Lavelin exec Sami Bebawi guilty on all corruption charges

MONTREAL - A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption has been found guilty of the crimes. Sami Bebawi, 73, faced trial on five charges, including fraud, corruption of foreign officials and laundering proceeds of crime. (Toronto Sun)

Philpott resigns from cabinet in wake of SNC-Lavelin scandal

Jane Philpott, President of the Treasury Board, has resigned — citing the ongoing SNC-Lavalin scandal. “I have been considering the events that have shaken the federal government in recent weeks and after serious reflection, I have concluded that I must resign as a member of Cabinet,” she said in her resignation. (True North)
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    Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company — including one that he said would be “interesting for me and my family,” emails obtained by The Post show. (New York Post)
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  • Bootleg liquor eyed as cause of Dominican Republic tourist deaths

    Cops are investigating whether at least seven tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic were poisoned by counterfeit booze, The Post has learned. (New York Post)

    Luxury trips, lavish overspending alleged in legislature bombshell report

    VICTORIA - Two senior B.C. Legislature officials who were suspended two months ago are being investigated for allegedly fraudulent and flagrant overspending, "lavish" trips overseas, inappropriate expense claims, cash payouts and misappropriating liquor from the legislature, according to Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas. (Vancouver Sun)

    Former FBI agent charged with pocketing bribes from organized crime figures

    Los Angeles - An organized crime figure paid an FBI agent $10,000 a month in exchange for sensitive law enforcement information, according to court documents charging the agent, Babak Broumand, in a conspiracy to bribe a public official. (Los Angeles Times)

    SNC-Lavelin scandal has nothing to do with saving jobs

    Despite the protestations to the contrary from the Prime Minister, his Principal Secretary Gerald Butts and the Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick, whatever else the SNC-Lavalin scandal may be about, the interference by the PMO and the PCO was not about jobs. (True North)
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  • Ex-Mexico army chief arrested in L.A. on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering

    MEXICO CITY - Former Mexican Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country’s armed forces for six years under then-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources confirmed Thursday. (L.A. Times)

    ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer arrested in Malaysia accused of money laundering

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Hollywood producer Riza Aziz, stepson of the former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, pleaded not guilty Friday to five counts of laundering money misappropriated from a Malaysian government investment fund. (National Post)

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