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    Once he had been the Wizard of Wall Street, the financial genius who became the darling of the private jet-set for his almost supernatural powers to earn huge returns on clients’ investments. However, there were few people who mourned his passing, let alone celebrated his life, yesterday as Bernie Madoff died, aged 82, behind bars at the Federal Medical Centre in Butner, North Carolina. Officials said the convicted fraudster — who, as creator of history’s biggest Ponzi scheme, ruined the lives of thousands of people — died of natural causes in the federal prison whose inmates all have special health needs. Last year, his lawyers had tried unsuccessfully to get him released from prison during the pandemic on compassionate grounds, saying he was suffering from end-stage renal disease and other chronic medical conditions. It would be difficult to dispute that such an ignominious end to a once spectacularly glamorous life...
    SIXTY years after starting a career in finance, notorious Ponzi scheme conman Bernie Madoff has died – leaving the destruction of thousands of lives in his wake. Believed to have defrauded his victims out of a massive $64.8 billion, the ‘evil’ financial swindler’s actions even led to his own son’s suicide. 6Fraudulent Bernie Madoff has died at the age of 82Credit: Reuters 6Actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick were among those defrauded by MadoffCredit: Alamy The horrific scale of Madoff’s actions is almost hard to believe, earning him a 150-year jail sentence after his arrest in 2008. His sentence was cut short as he died in prison aged 82. Spanning some 37,000 victims in 136 countries, the world’s largest Ponzi scheme pulled the wool over the eyes of huge corporations and celebrities alike. The UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland was among investors to be swindled, along with celebrities including director...
    A FRAUDSTER who splurged more than £175,000 on a bank card belonging to Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has been jailed for eight years and three months. Sharif Mohamed, 32, spent more than a month living the high life partying in Ibiza, gambling and staying in luxury hotels in London. 7Sharif Mohamed admitted one count of fraud 7Manchester City ace Mahrez did not notice the fraud for five weeksCredit: Getty Mahrez, 30, who earns around £200,000 a week, failed to notice the spending spree for five weeks before reporting the transactions. Forklift truck driver Mohamed admitted one count of fraud at Snaresbrook Crown Court last month. Today he was sentenced to 44 months behind bars at the same court. The fraud, totalling £175,830, took place in 2017 while Mahrez was playing for Leicester City. A caller posing as the Algerian international phoned Barclays bank to order a new...
    MISSING "fraudster" Melissa Caddick may have cut off her own foot to escape police, a top cop has said. The woman's mysterious disappearance is still being investigated, with police looking for the alleged conwoman's remains after her rotting foot was found washed up on a remote beach in Australia. 6Melissa Caddick vanished from her Sydney home in NovemberCredit: 7 news 6A shoe washed up on the New South Wales South Coast containing Caddick's dismembered footCredit: 7 News New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller said he believes the Sydney woman is dead, but the case is not closed and there is a possibility she cut her own foot to escape police. He said: "There’s always a chance she cut her foot off and is still alive but that’s pretty fanciful but nevertheless we haven’t closed this case. "We are still looking for her remains and we’re still looking of where the funds...
    The creator of HBO’s hit documentary The Lady and the Dale, about an infamous 1970s transgender Mafia fraudster exposed by Tucker Carlson's father, has revealed how making the show left him destitute and almost killed him.  The new four-part documentary tells the story of wanted Mafia gun runner Liz Carmichael, who went into hiding after transitioning into a woman and ran a huge scam selling unroadworthy three-wheeled cars – until she was exposed by Tucker Carlson's father.  In an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, documentarian Nick Cammilleri says his obsession with the project cost him his marriage, left him destitute, homeless and in dark depressions.  The director, 34, was relentless in his desire to ‘tell Liz’s story', despite living off noodles and working 20-hour days that left him so emaciated, one friend asked whether he’d become a heroin addict.  Documentarian Nick Cammilleri has opened up about the long road to...
    A FRAUDSTER who claimed to be bisexual hours before deportation from the UK has been allowed to stay.  The Nigerian crook was jailed for 5½ years in 2015. 3A fraudster who claimed to be bisexual hours before deportation from the UK has been allowed to stayCredit: Getty Images - Getty The Home Office began efforts in 2016 to deport him and he made human rights claims which a judge rejected. The criminal delayed the process by appealing and making two judicial review applications which were eventually rejected.  But on January 29, 2019, less than 24 hours before he was due to be kicked out, he claimed he was bisexual and could not live openly in Nigeria. The Home Office said he had made it up and said he had plenty of chances to mention it earlier. But an immigration judge granted him asylum.  Tory MP Nigel Mills said: “It’s the most...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Jose Anibal Linares of Honduras was sentenced to five years in federal prison for conning investors out of roughly $2 million. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud in October 2020. He was sentenced on Feb. 22 to five years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey, who also ordered him to pay more than $2.3 million in restitution. A Honduran citizen in the U.S. formerly on Temporary Protected Status, Linares may be subject to removal from the U.S. after serving his sentence. READ MORE: Hunt County Sheriffs Office Searching For Missing 16-Year-Old Elena Macneill According to plea papers, Linares admitted to running a Ponzi-type scheme, luring investors into handing over “principal” that he later deposited in bank accounts at Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Legacy Texas, then paying them “interest” from other investors’ principal payments. Linares, who operated JC Loans Finance and...
    How did I miss this? In a recent column on the intractable assholery of conservative Republicans, The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent noted a conversation that the ambulatory Ed Gein lamp known as Steve Bannon recently had with a Boston audience. Seems Bannon has a wild plan that, unfortunately for him, would depend on Donald Trump showing up for work, learning, and fully understanding how a bill becomes a law, and having the grace and discipline to keep diverse coalitions united in order to accomplish shared goals other than exacting petty revenge on one man’s perceived enemies. As Sargent explains, Bannon told Boston Republicans that his latest dream is for Trump to win a House seat in 2022 as part of the GOP reclaiming of the majority. Trump would be a shoo-in for speaker, Bannon insists. But that’s only the beginning of the plan, as the Boston Herald first reported: “We totally get rid of Nancy Pelosi, and the first...
    Johannes Vermeer's Girl With A Pearl Earring is one of the most admired paintings in the world, the jewel in the crown of the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague. But 80 years ago, it wasn't even the most admired Vermeer in Holland. That distinction belonged to the recently discovered Christ At Emmaus. The public swooned before the 17th-century masterpiece, as did even eminent critics. For them, it proved Vermeer, as had long been rumoured, was directly influenced by Italy's great Caravaggio. Christ At Emmaus was the most famous and talked-about Vermeer in the world, and following its thrilling discovery in 1937, a frantic fund-raising campaign began to keep it in the Netherlands. It was also a fake, and not even a very good one. A new film, The Last Vermeer, tells the extraordinary story of how, between 1937 and 1943, an artist of modest renown called Han van Meegeren (played...
    German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster. There’s only one problem: They can’t unlock the money because he won’t give them the password. The man was sentenced to jail and has since served his term, maintaining his silence throughout while police made repeated failed efforts to crack the code to access more than 1,700 bitcoin, said a prosecutor in the Bavarian town of Kempten. “We asked him but he didn’t say,” prosecutor Seb astian Murer told Reuters on Friday. “Perhaps he doesn’t know.” Bitcoin is stored on software known as a digital wallet that is secured through encryption. A password is used as a decryption key to open the wallet and access the bitcoin. When a password is lost, the user cannot open the wallet. The fraudster had been sentenced to more than two years in jail for covertly...
    More On: bitcoin Cross eyed: Bitcoin billionaire Brock Pierce buys Puerto Rican monastery for $5M Elon Musk takes a break from Twitter after market-moving posts Sham crypto exec who partnered with Steven Seagal busted for investor fraud French man sent far-right groups $500K in bitcoin before his suicide German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster. There’s only one problem: They can’t unlock the money because he won’t give them the password. The man was sentenced to jail and has since served his term, maintaining his silence throughout while police made repeated failed efforts to crack the code to access more than 1,700 bitcoin, said a prosecutor in the Bavarian town of Kempten. “We asked him but he didn’t say,” prosecutor Sebastian Murer told Reuters on Friday. “Perhaps he doesn’t know.” Bitcoin is stored on software known as a digital...
    President Donald Trump announced another pardon with less than an hour left in his term.  Trump pardoned Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro's ex-husband Albert Pirro, who spent nearly a year in federal prison for tax fraud.  Albert Pirro used to represent Trump in real estate deals.    President Donald Trump gave a last-minute pardon to Albert Pirro (left) who was previously married to Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro (right). Here the couple is captured leaving court in 2000  Jeanine Pirro (left), then the GOP's state attorney general candidate, seen air-kissing her then-husband Albert Pirro (right). They divorced in 2008  In more recent years, Judge Jeanine Pirro has become a Fox News Channel personality and a vocal ally of President Donald Trump  President Donald Trump was landing in West Palm Beach, Florida  Pirro's pardon was announced as Trump was touching down in West Palm Beach, Florida, making the unprecedented move...
    A "BLACK Widow" has been sentenced to five years in jail after bullying her husband to death so she could inherit his estate. The 73-year-old woman, known as Godelieve due to Dutch privacy laws, even pulled the ring off her dead husband’s hand to sell after discovering his body. 2Godelieve pictured with her husband (right) at their double weddingCredit: Newsflash A court in Kasterlee, Belgium found her guilty of neglect after she failed to immediately alert emergency services after finding her husband's body. Tragic Marcel Van Bouwel, 67, met the woman from Limburg, the Netherlands, after answering a lonely hearts ad. Godelieve, dubbed "Black Widow" in the Dutch press, enticed the 67-year-old writing: "Sweet woman is looking for a sweet man" while sitting at his kitchen table drinking his morning coffee in March 2015. His family’s lawyer told a court Mr Van Bouwel was dead just 103 days later....
    A BENEFITS fraudster has been jailed for lying about having terminal cancer and telling her own mum she had just three months to live.  Hanna Dickinson, from Melbourne, Australia, was slapped with a year-long sentence in Victoria Crown Court for spinning a “disgusting” web of lies about her health. 2Benefits fraudster Hanna Dickinson, from Melbourne, Australia been jailed for lying about having terminal cancerCredit: 9news 2The property agent was slapped with year-long sentence in Victoria Crown Court for spinning a “disgusting” web of lies about her healthCredit: 9news The court heard that Hanna had forged medical documents in order to claim over £55,069 in disability pension across four years.  She told Australia’s social security payments system Centrelink that she had a bowel tumour and soft tissue sarcoma of the shoulder - and had just three months to live.  Ms Dickinson, a property agent, had even faked a letter from a...
    Someone appears to have attempted to register dozens of dead people as Democrats in Florida, Steven Vancore, Broward County Supervisor of Elections spokesperson, confirmed in an emailed statement to Fox News. Officials in Broward County, a Democratic stronghold and Florida’s second-most populous county, uncovered the scheme over the summer. “Fortunately the system we have in place works, the improper registrations were flagged in a timely manner and the information was turned over to law enforcement for prosecution,” Vancore added. “We are also pleased to inform you that there was no attempt by this person or persons to cast a ballot.” Florida, a key swing state in the 2020 election, that is heavily targeted by President Trump's and former Vice President Joe Biden's campaigns. Broward County supervisor of elections officials flagged the registrations as suspicious and turned them over to the Broward state attorney’s office. “We cannot comment on an ongoing, active criminal...
    Steve Madden clawed his way to the top of the shoe industry with a massive drug addiction, ADHD, and despite serving jail time for stock fraud and money laundering.  What may have looked like a bleak future for a strung out, shoe-obsessed junkie, turned into a multi-billion dollar shoe brand that featured shiny metallics, buckles and platforms for under $100 appealing to hippies in the seventies, Gen-X girls and stars like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. Madden, dubbed the Cobbler, disrupted the fashion industry with his designs that were inspired by British glam rockers and an abrupt departure from penny loafers, the style of the day. It was his addiction to drugs that morphed into his obsession for shoes that eventually helped him find success. Madden, 62, was born in Queens, NY but raised on Long Island where his ADHD began exhibiting itself and made him a lousy student and 'a...
    A GAMBLING addict who defrauded her Tinder dates out of £450k to fund her addiction has been jailed. Using means such as blackmail and extortion, Jocelyn Zakhour, 41, managed to persuade dates into coughing up large amounts of money for a fake blueberry farm, according to court documents. 4Jocelyn Zakhour managed to con Tinder dates out of £450kCredit: Facebbok 4She has been jailed for four and a half yearsCredit: 9 News As her sentence was read out, the gambler, who lives in Melbourne, Australia broke down in tears. She will have to serve four and a half years behind bars and will not be eligible for parole for two years and eight months. The scammer was able to get over £400,000 from her first victim after promising him a profit of 300 per cent on his investment, the court heard. According to local media reports, she however began threatening...
    Police are warning of a new scam involving instances of fraud stemming from screen-sharing software that gives scammers access to personal computers and smartphones. The scams that involve remote access software being used to target devices, one of which was recently used on an area resident. Police said that a fraudster posing as a customer care executive from Amazon advised the victim that a “fraud alert” has been placed on their account. The victim acknowledged that they had an Amazon account but did not have the Amazon app on their phone. The fraudster took this opportunity to direct the victim to download a screen-sharing platform, in this case, it was the "Team Viewer: Remote Control" app, police said. Upon downloading the app a nine-digit code was then populated and was provided to the fraudster. This allowed for the fraudulent caller to gain access to the victims' screen and...
    A man from Washington DC allegedly stole more than $2.5million from the Catholic Church and the federal government's coronavirus relief program and put the money toward extravagant personal purchases.  Kenneth Gaughan, 41, is facing a slew of federal charges under two separate indictments accusing him of fraudulently obtaining $2.1million in coronavirus relief loans and embezzling $472,000 from the Archdiocese of Washington.  Prosecutors say Gaughan used the money the buy a $1.13million rowhouse, a $300,000 yacht and a $46,000 luxury sports car. On Tuesday Gaughan pleaded not guilty to one 12-count indictment related to his alleged eight-year scheme to embezzle money from the archdiocese in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he worked as an assistant superintendent.   He also appeared before a US District judge to face a another indictment charging him with one count each of bank fraud, wire fraud, theft of government funds and money laundering in connection with receiving Paycheck Protection Program...
    Ronayerin Ogolor, 51, a naturalized US citizen from Nigeria living in Missouri, has been sentenced to three years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in a sprawling romance scam A man from Missouri has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after he admitted to running an elaborate romance scam and bilking more than a dozen people in the US and abroad out of nearly $900,000. Ronayerin Ogolor, 51, a naturalized US citizen from Nigeria living in Kansas City, learned his fate on Tuesday. US Chief District Judge Beth Phillips also ordered the convicted con artist to pay $871,739 in restitution to his 13 victims. In October 2019, Ogolor pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He accepted responsibility for his role in a scam that targeted singles seeking love, some of them elderly, through Facebook and dating...
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