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Corruption is a particularly viral form of cancer. It is caught here and there but it reappears somewhere else as soon as vigilance is relaxed. It is not eliminated, just driven underground. The corrupt merely suspend their operations temporarily. It lingers, hovering always in the background for its next opportunity.<br>                                                                         - Gerald E. Caiden <br>
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Bo Still Defiant at Trial End as China Lauds Graft Crackdown

Bo Still Defiant at Trial End as China Lauds Graft Crackdown | Global Corruption |
Ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai remained defiant as his corruption trial ended with prosecutors calling for a severe punishment, in a case the Communist Party called proof of its determination to target high-level graft.

Bo accused his former police chief, who testified at the trial in the eastern Chinese city of Jinan, of being in love with his wife as he again asserted his innocence of the bribery, embezzlement and power-abuse charges against him. The bribery claim was something “even the lousiest TV drama scriptwriter wouldn’t create,” he said...

Bo’s rebuttals yesterday concluded a five-day trial in which the court posted transcripts online, an unprecedented move that state media called evidence of the proceedings’ transparency. The party is seeking to win over a public that’s increasingly well-informed -- and unafraid to speak out -- about official corruption that President Xi Jinping has said threatens its grip on power.

“The judgment and the sentence may be pre-ordained, but they took the risk to let him speak,” said Jean-Pierre Cabestan, a political science professor at Hong Kong Baptist University. “The question among the public is that many other leaders may be corrupt the same way. They enjoy so much power and there are no checks and balances.” The official Xinhua News Agency said the verdict would be announced at a date still to be decided.

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Man charged with embezzling Naperville agency back in U.S.

Man charged with embezzling Naperville agency back in U.S. | Global Corruption |

The former head of a Naperville adoption agency who authorities said fled the country last year on the eve of a grand jury indictment for embezzling has been returned to the U.S. from Germany, according to the Illinois attorney general's office.

Robert Geniesse, 51, the former CEO of Our Children's Homestead, was being held Tuesday in the DuPage County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

He was returned late last week from Germany, where officials say he had fled days before he was charged with stealing $200,000 from his agency, which helps children with special needs. Officials said he used the money to fund a film production venture.

German authorities remanded Geniesse to federal agents Thursday, and he was flown back to the U.S. He appeared Friday in DuPage County bond court, Maura Possley, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, said Tuesday.

Charges against Geniesse include theft over $100,000, forgery, wire fraud and using charitable trust funds for personal gain, according to court records. 

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Is This Man About to Become China's Next Poster Boy for Corruption? - DailyFinance

Is This Man About to Become China's Next Poster Boy for Corruption? - DailyFinance | Global Corruption |

It appears Beijing is building a corruption case against recently retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang -- until last year, one of China's most powerful men...

Beijing has offered little information about the investigation of several executives from China's top oil producer, except to accuse them of "severe breaches of discipline," a phrase often used to invoke bribery and corruption.

But the focus on the oil industry itself and specific investigation of two of the four executives adds fuel to a growing sense that Beijing is building a corruption case against Zhou Yongkang. The recently retired domestic security chief was until last year one of the country's most powerful men -- although his embrace of labor detention campsand support for denounced Politburo member Bo Xilai earned him criticism from the general population and Communist party leaders alike.

Zhou, 70, is a former general manager of China National Petroleum Corp., parent company of PetroChina, and remains closely associated with the oil industry. He is so unpopular among some party members that 16 of them, mostly in their 70s and 80s, circulated a petition last year calling for his retirement because of his support for Bo, and for, it was inferred, a "stability program" that called for tight controls over media and online information. Nonetheless, Zhou retired in November 2012 without incident.
Since then, though, investigations and detentions of people close to him have piled up.

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Spaniard held in Madrid over huge JP Morgan Chase trading loss

Spaniard held in Madrid over huge JP Morgan Chase trading loss | Global Corruption |

US authorities are seeking extradition of Javier Martín-Artajo, who is accused of fraud and falsifying documents to allege cover up a $6-billion hole in the US investment bank’s books...


Javier Martín-Artajo, a Spanish former London-based trader for JP Morgan Chase, was arrested by Spanish police on Tuesday in Madrid following an extradition request from the US authorities in connection with alleged fraud he committed in trying to cover up huge trading losses made by the US investment bank.

Martín-Artajo and fellow French trader Julien Grout at JP Morgan Chase have been charged by the US Department of Justice on four counts of falsifying records, wire fraud and making false statement to the US Securities and Exchange Commission in attempting to hide trading losses of six billion dollars they incurred. They face up to 25 years in jail.

The Spaniard had handed himself in to a police precinct in Madrid on Tuesday and was brought before High Court Judge Santiago Pérez. After having his passport withdrawn, he was released while the judge awaits documentation from the US authorities on their extradition suit.

The so-called London Whale scandal broke in 2012 when JP Morgan Chase was obliged to acknowledge the hole in its books that it had suffered as a result of trades in derivatives made under the supervision of Martín-Artajo and Grout. Between March and May of 2012, Martín-Artajo and Grout allegedly inflated the value of trading positions they had taken.

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Former Upper Gwynedd Fire Department treasurer allegedly stole $250K from fire company - North Penn Life - Montgomery News

Former Upper Gwynedd Fire Department treasurer allegedly stole $250K from fire company - North Penn Life - Montgomery News | Global Corruption |
Former longtime Upper Gwynedd Township Fire Department volunteer treasurer Ronald Kenneth “Ken” Nolan has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $250,000 from fire department funds between 2006 and 2012, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has announced.

Ferman said that Nolan surrendered to authorities Friday morning, and he will be arraigned later today on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges, including theft, receiving stolen property, access device fraud and misapplication of entrusted property.

Investigators believe that Nolan, 62, of Schwenksville — who served as treasurer for 24 years — took cash advances from the fire department’s bank accounts in the amount of $116,000, and used two credit cards linked to the department’s account to pay for personal activities and expenses.

Those expenditures included vacations to China, Jamaica, Miami and Reno, as well as 15 trips to Las Vegas, authorities said. Nolan also used fire department funds to pay for expenses related to his daughter’s 2006 wedding in Las Vegas, including airline tickets for guests, according to Ferman.

In January, the department launched an internal investigation, according to Biofolco, paying CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP — a Plymouth Meeting accounting firm — $31,000 to complete a forensic exam.

The firm stopped counting at $250,000 because that was how much the department could recover through an insurance policy, Bifolco said.

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Psychic fraud trial begins for fortune teller Rose Marks in West Palm Beach on Monday

Psychic fraud trial begins for fortune teller Rose Marks in West Palm Beach on Monday | Global Corruption |

When Fort Lauderdale fortune teller Rose Marks goes on trial Monday, accused of masterminding a $25 million fraud, the case will offer a rare peek inside the secretive world of those who say they have psychic powers.

The amount of money involved in what prosecutors say was a 20-year scam and the celebrity status of the main witness — best-selling romance novelist Jude Deveraux, who they say lost $17 million — have brought notoriety to the case.



Eight family members who were arrested with her in August 2011 have pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Though her relatives are not expected to testify against the 62-year-old Marks, prosecutors will try to convince jurors that she was the ringleader and should be held responsible for her family's actions as well as her own.

Prosecutors say the family used their storefront businesses across the street from the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan and in upscale neighborhoods in Broward County to recruit and then defraud customers, some of whom were unwell or going through personal traumas — "emotionally vulnerable, fragile … or gullible."

She is accused of financially manipulating Deveraux as the author dealt with troubled relationships, a series of miscarriages and the tragic death of her young son, killed in an ATV accident when he was 7 years old.

The name "Joyce Michaels" was used by Marks and some of her female relatives when they met with clients or spent hours on the phone with them.

Marks and her family convinced some of the walk-in clients that their problems were caused by curses that had dogged their families for generations and that the family could perform rituals and other services to remove those curses, prosecutors said.

While they acknowledge that fortune telling is not against the law, "any more than performing magic or card tricks is not unlawful, or telling lies is not, per se, unlawful," prosecutors say that Marks and her family committed fraud by making false promises and not returning money they said they would give back.

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Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption | Global Corruption |
Across the Philippines on Monday, "National Heroes Day,"  tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against discretionary funds given to lawmakers that critics say are not being used as intended and instead are funneled to corrupt organizations.  
On this national holiday,  throngs of protestors turned out in the heart of the capital, screaming  that stolen riches be returned to the people.  
Dark clouds threatened rain, but thousands of college students and middle- and working- class citizens of all ages joined in the various chants and screams against what they call “pork barrel” spending.  Its official name is the Priority Development Assistance Fund.
The funds, disbursed by the executive branch for legislators, are supposed to be earmarked for development projects across the country.  But in the spring, investigators found a handful of senators had instead put  the funds into bogus non-government agencies.  The misappropriated funds totaling $226 million were used from 2007 through 2009.  News of the investigation sparked public outcry, which culminated in Monday’s multiple protests.
Attorney Charlie Ho of Manila says he went to the rally at Manila’s Luneta Park because of his “outrage” over decades of corruption.
“We’re just fed up with the system.  There’s so much money there, Ho said. "The Philippines is rich in natural resources so we’re not poor but because of the corruption- corruption of public officials- it’s the main reason for poverty.”
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China's Corruption Trial Turns into Steamy Soap Opera

China's Corruption Trial Turns into Steamy Soap Opera | Global Corruption |

According to the transcripts , Wang told Bo about his wife’s involvement in Heywood’s murder. Bo then confronted Gu about the killing, but she convinced Bo of her innocence.  Believing his wife, Bo stormed into Wang’s office the next day on Jan. 29, 2012 and walloped his police chief on the side of his head.

Wang told the court on Saturday that Bo punched him so hard that he “found the edge of [his] mouth bleeding and liquid dripping out of [his] ear.”

It was shortly after being slapped that Wang sought refuge in the American consulate in the southwestern city of Chengdu, triggering the unraveling of the murder scheme and Bo’s political career.

But Bo told the court that the real reason Wang fled to the U.S. consulate was because he found out about Wang’s feelings for his wife.

In the transcripts, Bo described the moment he walked into the room just when Wang was confessing his feelings for Gu.

“[Wang] was consumed with these feelings and couldn’t control himself. He had also confessed to Gu Kailai, he said so in his letter to Gu Kailai,” Bo told the court.

“[Wang] slapped himself eight times, and Gu Kailai told him he was a little abnormal. Wang replied that he had been abnormal before, but was normal now… He invaded my family, invaded my basic emotions. This is the real reason he defected. Wang Lijun wants to muddy up the water.”

Bo remained defiant throughout his five days in court despite the possibility he already knows his verdict. Chinese courts have a 99 percent conviction rate and rarely go to trial unless the prosecution is guaranteed a win.

The prosecutors have alleged that Bo took more than 20 million yuan ($3.27 million) in bribes from two businessmen, embezzled another 5 million yuan ($ 820,000) from a government building project, and abused his power in trying to cover up his wife’s involvement in the Heywood murder.

“Over the past few days of the trial, the accused Bo Xilai has not only flatly denied a vast amount of conclusive evidence and facts of his crimes. He has also repudiated his pre-trial written testimony and materials,” an unnamed prosecutor told the court in the transcripts of the closing arguments Monday.

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Teresa, Orange Could Be Your New Black

Teresa, Orange Could Be Your New Black | Global Corruption |

A little over a week ago today Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was charged in a 39-count indictment with conspiracy to commit mail fraud...


According to court documents filed in the United States District Court of New Jersey, Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice, similar to both Charlie and Romero, allegedly filed materially false and fraudulent loan application documents purporting that Teresa had income when in fact she was unemployed. In order to pull this off, fake paystubs, fake W-2s and fake tax returns all had to be created. To add insult to injury, these documents were placed in the mail thereby causing this alleged fraud to be mail fraud.

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NY Attorney General sues Trump, 'Trump University,' claims fraud

NY Attorney General sues Trump, 'Trump University,' claims fraud | Global Corruption |

New York's attorney general sued Donald Trump for $40 million Saturday, saying the real estate mogul helped run a phony "Trump University" that promised to make students rich but instead steered them into expensive and mostly useless seminars, and even failed to deliver promised apprenticeships.

Trump shot back that the Democrat's lawsuit is false and politically motivated.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says many of the 5,000 students who paid up to $35,000 thought they would at least meet Trump but instead all they got was their picture taken in front of a life-size picture of "The Apprentice" TV star.

"Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers' advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm," Schneiderman said. "Trump University, with Donald Trump's knowledge and participation, relied on Trump's name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand."

He said Trump University provided nearly 11,000 testimonials to Schneiderman from students praising the program and said 98 percent of students in a survey termed the program "excellent."But Trump's attorney accused Schneiderman of trying to extort campaign contributions from the real estate mogul through his investigation of Trump. Attorney Michael D. Cohen told The Associated Press on Saturday that Schneiderman's lawsuit was filled with falsehoods. Cohen said Trump and his university never defrauded anyone.

"The attorney general has been angry because he felt that Mr. Trump and his various companies should have done much more for him in terms of fundraising," Cohen said. "This entire investigation is politically motivated and it is a tremendous waste of taxpayers' money."

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Local Bookkeeper Gets 4 Years for Embezzlement

Local Bookkeeper Gets 4 Years for Embezzlement | Global Corruption |

Susan Dawn Seibert plead guilty to embezzling more than $545,000 from Leucadia Pizzeria...


A former bookkeeper who embezzled more than $545,000 from the Leucadia Pizzeria chain where she worked was sentenced today to four years in state prison.

Susan Dawn Seibert, 49, pleaded guilty in June to one count each of embezzlement and forgery and admitted an allegation that she took more than $500,000 from her employer.

The defendant quit her job last year when she learned that the restaurant planned to audit the books, suspecting that Seibert had forged checks to herself during her four years with the company, according to Deputy District Attorney Anna Winn.

The audit showed that Seibert had indeed written 172 checks to herself from the Leucadia Pizzeria account, Winn said, adding that the checks were forged with an owner's signature.

Winn said Seibert covered up the embezzlement by listing legitimate vendors as the recipients of the checks.

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ZAMBIA: Corruption Concerns over ZTE’s No-Bid Contract in Lusaka

ZAMBIA: Corruption Concerns over ZTE’s No-Bid Contract in Lusaka | Global Corruption |

Accusations of government graft are quickly spreading in Lusaka following the revelation that a $210 million contract from the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide CCTV services was awarded a Chinese company, ZTE, without going through the normal public tender procedures.

The tender to install street cameras in Lusaka was awarded to ZTE early this year, but sources have raised an alert saying the business was going to cost the treasury colossal sums of money, with many people accusing Patriotic Front officials of getting a kickback.

There have been plans by the previous government to introduce closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on Zambian streets, but when the PF regime took over, the tender aspect was ignored and opted to engage ZTE through the direct contract method.

The direct contract method is used to engage suppliers when there are “no other firms that have the capacity to do the required works,” but in the CCTV tender, other local and foreign companies had showed the capacity and interest to do the work.

“Without going through a public tender process, potential contractors do not have the opportunity to evaluate the bid carefully and submit the best solution and price for the work involved. Any public tender needs such scrutiny because savings are made. Without an open public tender, local companies were denied an opportunity to do business,” said a source familiar with the Ministry contract.

The initiative to install CCTV on the streets was meant to help the law enforcement agencies such as the police, Road Transport and Safety Agency and Drug Enforcement Commission to curb crime and assist in their criminal investigations.

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Corruption: How do we address the issue | The Shillong Times

"The youth are our future. They should be encouraged to stand tall and be strong to face any stumbling block with courage and fortitude. Sadly, today the youth have a grim picture of their tomorrow. They have lost faith in the system. They often talk of a bleak future even if they fare well academically. They must be educated to empower themselves with mechanisms to check corruption such as right use of the Right to Information (RTI). Collective efforts towards eradication of corruption are important ways forward. To achieve this it is important for us as parents, teachers and elders to set good examples for our children to emulate. We need to lay down principles on which they can walk and live in this world. Mahatma Gandhi says, “there is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience”. It supersedes all other courts.” Can humans who have the power to reason, think and judge keep the doors of their conscience open for this world to be a happier and more optimistic place to live in?"

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De Lima: A number of lawmakers face raps in ‘pork’ scam

De Lima: A number of lawmakers face raps in ‘pork’ scam | Global Corruption |

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday that there were a number of lawmakers who would be charged in relation to their alleged misuse of their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or “pork barrel”.

De Lima made the statement in a press conference, a day after Malacanang announced that the newly-formed Inter-Agency Anti-Graft Coordinating Council (IAGCC) would “investigate and prosecute” all those involved and “recover” assets that were lost in the scam.

“The cases that will be filed by the NBI, some lawmakers will be included pending the evidence that will be gathered. The NBI is organizing the documentary support before filing the case. It will include already some lawmakers,” she said.

The NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) is set to file the charges before the Office of the Ombudsman in a week or two.

De Lima, one of three government officials in the IAGCC, however, refused to reveal how many lawmakers were involved, and their names. The other two IAGCC officials are Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales and Commission on Audit chairperson Grace Pulido-Tan.

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Pirate Bay co-founder's appeal of fraud conviction relies on 'remote control' argument | PCWorld

Pirate Bay co-founder's appeal of fraud conviction relies on 'remote control' argument | PCWorld | Global Corruption |

Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg’s appeal of his conviction on charges of data intrusion, attempted aggravated fraud and aggravated fraud started on Wednesday, with arguments centering on the contention that other parties used the defendant’s computer by remote control.

Svartholm Warg in June was sentenced to two years in prison for hacking a mainframe belonging to Logica, now CGI, an IT firm that provided tax services to the Swedish government, and a mainframe used by Nordea bank. He was also convicted of fraud related to a number of attempted money transfers from accounts at Nordea, one of which was successful.

CREATIVE COMMONSGottfrid, not behind bars in this shot.

The Pirate Bay co-founder has admitted hacking, but in his appeal is claiming that his computer was remotely controlled by other individuals, according to Charlotte Roos of the Swedish Court of Appeal.

That is why Jacob Appelbaum, who is also the main advocate for the Tor anonymizing network, will be called as a witness, Roos said. “Appelbaum is going to explain to the Court that remote control is possible and how it can be done,” she said. Appelbaum is scheduled to appear in court on September 4.

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PP will seek Socialists’ support to enshrine illegal party financing as crime

PP will seek Socialists’ support to enshrine illegal party financing as crime | Global Corruption |

Measures against political corruption to be included in draft legal reform but proposals will not be applied to ruling party s ongoing Bárcenas scandal..


The government is considering introducing measures against political corruption in a reform of the penal code, which could be announced in September. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s administration is expected to seek the support of opposition groups in parliament to have illegal party financing classified as a crime, but if a pact is not obtained the Popular Party (PP), will push through a proposal on its own, government sources said. Under current legislation, irregular funding is punishable only by economic sanctions: any party found to have filled its coffers illegally must forfeit double the amount received.

The PP is currently being investigated by the High Court over accusations it operated a system of illegal financing spanning two decades, receiving donations from businessmen in return for favorable adjudication in the award of public contracts. However, the reform the government is mulling will not be applicable to the ongoing case as any new legislation will not be retroactive in character.

EL PAÍS published secret ledgers in former party treasurer Luis Bárcenas’ handwriting earlier this year and it has been confirmed that the ruling conservative grouping operated a parallel accounting system during this period. Bárcenas’ books recorded more than eight million euros in illegal donations between 1990 and 2008, some of which was later allegedly used to make under-the-counter cash payments to top officials, including the current prime minister. Some of the recipients of money from the supposed slush fund have admitted to its existence, including former Balearic Islands premier Jaume Matas, who was found guilty of fraud and sentenced to six years in prison in 2012.

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Business Fraud: How to Recover Your Money and Prosecute the Fraudster

Business Fraud: How to Recover Your Money and Prosecute the Fraudster | Global Corruption |

Organizations with fewer than 100 employees are the most common victims of business fraud, with a significant estimated median loss of $147,000 in a 2012 report. One of the primary reasons an organization will hire a forensic accountant or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) is to uncover details and proof of business fraud, in order to prosecute the fraudster(s) and then recover as much of the missing funds as possible.

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Recovering losses can be challenging.  It's imperative to cautiously select whether to pursue a criminal or civil suit, and to employ a specialist to unearth all of the available evidence.

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PNG money laundering

PNG money laundering | Global Corruption |

Huge amounts of Australian taxpayers' money, supposedly supplying aid to our third-world neighbour, is being lost to corruption...


"Corrupt politicians, and senior officials are buying houses and gambling. Obviously they need bank accounts to do so, and setting their families up here (in Australia) as well," Professor Sharman said.

"Most of Australia's aid program is effectively wasted."

Mr Koim says they have a number of prominent politicians and businessmen on their radar.

"Almost half of the budget (is being stolen. That is how big the problem is," Mr Koim said.

"They see Australia as the Cayman Islands. They see that it is the safest place where they can bring their stolen money from PNG."

There are more than 100 homes in Cairns that belong to Papua New Guineans, a similar number in Brisbane. They inhabit some of the nicest suburbs, and include the prominent PNG politicians and officials.

One such home in Cairns, valued at $585,000, belongs to PNG's petroleum/energy minister William Duma.

Australia's banks have a strong presence in PNG, and Mr Koim says the banks are well aware of the corruption.

"The writing is on the wall. There is some clear evidence of suspicious transactions, but they (the banks) turned a blind eye and accepted those transactions," Mr Koim said.

Mr Koim and his task force informed Australia's money laundering agency Astrac, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Attorney General's department in August last year that Paul Paraka - a lawyer who allegedly sent $2.5 million dollars to his family - was a person of interest in their investigation into corruption.

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Philippine expats support fellow countrymen with call for action against corruption

Philippine expats support fellow countrymen with call for action against corruption | Global Corruption |

Representatives of the Philippines community in Hong Kong called on the Philippine government on Monday to make a greater effort in the fight against “systemic graft and corruption” in their home country.

Against the backdrop of a huge protest in Manila against corruption on Monday, representatives from the local Philippine religious, social welfare and workers' sectors met for a panel discussion on the subject and demanded that Philippine President Benigno Aquino abolish the country’s “pork barrel” system and prosecute politicians responsible for the misuse of public funds.

The Philippine “pork barrel” system was set up in 1922 to allow Philippine congressmen and senators to support emergency projects for constituents using discretionary funds, said community social activist Sonia Zerrudo at the meeting. But it has often been criticised for giving the Philippine government leverage over lawmakers and aiding corruption and the misuse of public funds, she said.

Politicians are stealing for personal gains, while a huge portion of the population lives in shanty towns with no social services, dying without seeing a hospital or doctorPASTOR DAN BURLADO

“I am greatly angered by the stealing of public funds,” said Pastor Dan Burlado, who heads a religious group of about 200 members in Hong Kong, and was part of the five-person panel discussing the issue in front of about 20 people who had gathered in a Wan Chai community centre.

“Politicians are stealing for personal gains, while a huge portion of the population lives in shanty towns with no social services, dying without seeing a hospital or doctor,” he said.

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Bo Xilai reveals wife's affair with deputy as trial comes to an end

Bo Xilai reveals wife's affair with deputy as trial comes to an end | Global Corruption |

As Bo's trial entered its fifth and final day in Jinan, Shandong province, the 64-year-old former Communist party boss strongly denied charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power in a closing statement riddled with stinging attacks on the prosecution's witnesses.


The trial, originally expected to be a staid affair, has taken a personal turn, exposing severe dysfunction within Bo's family and detailing the complicated tangle of allegiances and licentious affairs that led to his downfall.


Bo "refused to confess and must receive a harsh punishment", the prosecution said in its closing statement, according to court transcripts posted online. "We remind the defendant, Bo Xilai: the facts of the crimes are objective, they cannot be changed according to your subjective wishes."


While the courtroom has been off-limits to the foreign press, the court has been publicising the case by posting transcripts of proceedings to its official microblog.


Bo's downfall was set in motion in November 2011 when his wife Gu Kailai murdered British businessman Neil Heywood in the south-western metropolis of Chongqing, where Bo was Communist party chief. On Sunday, Bo and Wang offered conflicting accounts of a confrontation between the two on 29 January 2012, after Bo was informed of the murder.


Wang said Bo, in attempting to cover up his investigation into the case, cornered Wang in his office and punched him in the face. Wang, feeling that his life was in danger, fled to the US consulate in a neighbouring city.


In court, Bo said Wang's defection was motivated by an affair that he had been having with Gu. "He was consumed with these feelings and couldn't control himself," Bo said. "He knows my personality. He invaded my family, invaded my basic emotions. This is the real reason he defected."


Bo was accused of stripping Wang of his post as Chongqing's police chief and deputy mayor in 2012 without the approval of higher authorities, as well as fabricating medical records to demonstrate Wang was insane.


Bo maintained that he thought Wang had framed his wife, and that he sacked the police chief because of "five, six issues" unrelated to the murder, including suspicions that Wang was mentally unstable.

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Ex-Soviet Hackers Dominate Cyber Crime World | News

Ex-Soviet Hackers Dominate Cyber Crime World | News | Global Corruption |

"If you want to hack a phone, order a cyber attack on a competitor's website or buy a Trojan program to steal banking information, look no further than the former Soviet Union.

The breadth and sophistication of services sold on Russian-language websites such as or Forum.evil offer a small window onto a Russian criminal underground that is costing Western firms billions of dollars in credit card and online banking fraud as well as "phishing" attempts to lure people into downloading malware or disclosing passwords.

"If you look at the quantity of malware attacks, the leaders are China, Latin America and then Eastern Europe, but in terms of quality then Russia is probably the leader," said Vitaly Kamluk, a cyber security researcher in Moscow.

Two of the five most wanted men in the U.S. for cyber crime are Russian, and one is from Latvia, which used to be part of the Soviet Union.

Russians were also behind the biggest cyber crime case in U.S. history. Federal prosecutors named four Russians and a Ukrainian in a banking-card fraud spree that cost companies including J.C. Penney, JetBlue Airways and French retailer Carrefour more than $300 million."


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State Dept. employee with hidden marriage pleads guilty to felony charges | Human Events

State Dept. employee with hidden marriage pleads guilty to felony charges | Human Events | Global Corruption |

"The Fairfax News reports Kathleen McGrade and Brian Collinsworth pleaded guilty August 2nd to "major fraud against the government, conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, and engaging in unlawful monetary transactions." They will be sentenced on Nov. 8, 2013.

"Defendants McGrade and Collinsworth - now convicted felons - defrauded and stole from the American people, plain and simple," said U.S. Attorney  Neil H. MacBride . "We, along with our law enforcement partners, are committed to ferreting out and prosecuting those that destroy the integrity of the government contracting process."

In 2006, McGrade and Collinsworth married each other without telling the State Department, where McGrade worked as a contract negotiator. They both started a construction company, the Sterling Royale Group, and McGrade quickly obtained a State Department contract enabling SRG to do work at embassies without disclosing her family ties to the company. Collinsworth was SRG's VP while McGrade's daughter from a previous marriage, Jennifer Herring, was its president and CEO.

From 2008 to 2011, McGrade used her job at the State Department to steer 17 government contracts to SRG worth a total of $52 million. Both McGrade and Collinsworth lied about their married status after they underwent State Department security clearances."

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Embezzlement Charges Against Former Town Manager

Embezzlement Charges Against Former Town Manager | Global Corruption |

The former town manager of Coeburn, Virginia faces numerous charges involving missing funds from the Lays Hardware Center for the Arts...


A Wise County Virginia grand jury has presented a 130 count indictment against the former town manager of Coeburn Loretta Mays.The charges center around misappropriation of money from "Lays Hardware for the Performing Arts Center."

The counts listed in the indictment against the former town manager of Coeburn Virginia are numerous. 130 counts of embezzlement, uttering and forgery against Loretta Mays from the Lays Hardware Center for the Arts.

The Lays Hardware building was bought by the town in 2000 and operated as a music and arts venue. It's a partner on Virginia's Crooked Road and a non profit.

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Locsin: Stop changing the name, abolish 'pork'

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Abolishing the pork barrel will not only help curb corruption, it also has the potential to change how Filipino voters choose their leaders, journalist and former congressman Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. said on Friday.

Locsin said that without any pork barrel, lawmakers can direct all their efforts to writing and passing laws, which in turn may change the mindset of voters.

“Taking [the funds] out of their hands may finally spread the word to the people that, ‘Aren’t these the guys that we’re supposed to elect for being smart and not for being generous?’” Locsin told ANC’s “Top Story.”

The current Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) system allocates annual funds of P200 million to senators and P70 million to congressmen for hard (e.g infrastructure) and soft (e.g. health, scholarships) projects.

Locsin expressed support for the abolition of the system, which he said has also caused “bitterness” among lawmakers who do not receive as much as the others.

“It also creates a lot of bitterness among congressmen because a handful of people who know how to get more, really get a significant amount as compared to those who basically like to show off their intellectual skills like Ronnie Zamora and me, and that’s why people laughed at us in Congress,” he said.

President Benigno Aquino on Friday said he is in favor of abolishing the existing “pork barrel” system and proposed a system where lawmakers can still propose certain projects for their constituents but this time with several restrictions.

But for Locsin, any other form of rehashed “pork” system will still be vulnerable to corruption.

The funds, Locsin suggested, should stay in the hands of the President because he will be an easier target for accountability rather than lawmakers.

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