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  • Maryland man gets life for killing 3-month-old for $750,000 in insurance

    05/26/2016 7:16:48 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 54 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | May 26. 2016 | Justin Wm. Moyer
    <p>A Maryland man who killed his 3-month-old son for $750,000 in insurance money was sentenced to life in prison with all but 50 years suspended on Thursday after a trial before a judge.</p> <p>Moussa Sissoko, 38, of Silver Spring, killed his 3-month-old son, Shane, in 2001, then sought to become the sole beneficiary of a $750,000 life insurance policy on the boy, court files show.</p>
  • Upstate NY town’s only black volunteer firefighter’s house burned down

    08/03/2016 5:18:00 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 32 replies ^ | 8/3/16 | Alfred Ng
    Upstate NY town’s only black volunteer firefighter’s house burned down two days after receiving racist message telling him to leave Two days after getting a racist letter threatening him if he didn’t quit, a black volunteer firefighter’s house was burned down in an upstate New York town. On Monday, Kenneth Walker received a racist threat that if he didn’t resign from the North Tonawanda fire department, he would "regret it." Walker is the only black volunteer firefighter in the department.
  • Judge backpedals on controversial ruling in favor of Fort Worth mega church

    11/26/2014 5:14:19 AM PST · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    Cultrure Map Dallas ^ | 11.3.14 | Claire St. Amant
    Nearly two months after awarding a $100,000 life insurance policy to a Fort Worth mega church and not the deceased man's children, Denton County judge Robert Ramirez has had a change of heart — sort of. In a breathless order fraught with typos, Ramirez said he was "premature in granting a summary judgment" in favor of Birchman Baptist Church. Scarlette Rafferty Elliot and Sean Rafferty were the designated beneficiaries of their father's life insurance up until just 24 hours before his death. After meeting with Birchman senior pastor Bob Pearle on June 24, 2013, Sean C. Rafferty signed over his...
  • The American Mafia Was a Melting Pot

    01/07/2014 11:25:08 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 3
    Bill Dal Cerro of the Italic Institute of America [Free for All, Dec. 28] took Dana Milbank to task for allegedly stereotyping Italians in his Dec. 22 Sunday Opinion column, “Godfathers of the Capitol.” But Milbank never used the word “Italian.” He did write “mafia” twice, and he used the phrase “going to the mattresses” once. He also used the term “mob boss.” In my opinion, it takes more effort than it is worth to be offended, no matter what one’s origins, by any of these words. It seems to me that even in “today’s enlightened era,” to use Dal...
  • Democratic Convention Organizers Claim $500K of Lost Electronics

    06/16/2013 5:00:52 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 14, 2013 | Garrett Bruno
    The Democratic National Convention may be long over, but its organizers have not forgotten the almost half a million dollars worth of electronics they seem to have lost. Organizers of the Charlotte, N.C., convention have filed a police report for lost and stolen electronics, some of which they appear to have valued at as much as 62 times the listed market prices. A reportedly stolen 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop? $75,537. The price listed on the Apple website is $1,199. A lost iPhone? $30,503. A lost Blackberry? $54,250. The DNC did not respond to a request for comment. Calls to the...
  • More details: Breaking down the IHOP indictment (money laundering, illegal immigrants and more)

    05/24/2012 2:19:32 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 8 replies
    Toledo News Now ^ | 5/23/12 | Nick Bade
    The 65 page indictment unsealed Wednesday outlines a massive conspiracy to defraud employees, IHOP corporate, investors, the Internal Revenue Service and federal, state and local law enforcement. Background Prior to 2003, Tarek Elkafrawi owned and operated two IHOP franchises; one in Decatur, Illinois and the other in Evansville, Indiana. During his time in Decatur, the indictment alleges, Elkafrowi began a social friendship with Autumn Lee Tangas, an employee of IHOP Corporate in Decatur. Between 2003 and 2006 Elkafrawi purchased, either entirely or in partnership with other investors, 6 other IHOP franchises. Those stores are located in Toledo (2), Holland, Findlay,...

    10/14/2010 2:01:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 199 replies
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  • West Toledo couple arrested on terrorism charges involving Hezbollah

    06/03/2010 6:12:10 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 22 replies · 469+ views ^ | June 3, 2010 | Blade Staff
    West Toledo couple arrested on terrorism charges involving Hezbollah FBI agents, Toledo police conduct raid at home Federal agents and police arrested a Toledo husband and wife Thursday and accused the couple of conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Hor I. Akl, 37, and his spouse, Amera A. Akl, 37, both of whom are dual citizens of the United States and Lebanon, were arrested on charges also that they conspired to launder money and committed arson relating to an insurance fraud scheme. Mr. Akl is also charged with two counts of bankruptcy fraud and one count...
  • NJ Exec Pleads Guilty to Insurance Fraud, Money Laundering, Tax Evasion

    06/25/2009 5:09:58 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 4 replies · 519+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 24, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of New Jersey
    NEWARK—The former owner of two medical billing companies pleaded guilty today to engaging in a scheme to defraud insurance companies that provided no-fault medical benefits to motorists, Acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced. Aleksander Sirota, a/k/a “Alexander Sirota,” 39, of Freehold, also pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to money laundering and concealing approximately $1 million in income from the Internal Revenue Service, as well as other charges. Judge Wigenton scheduled sentencing for Sept. 29. Sirota admitted that between April 2001 and June 2005, he conspired with doctors Valery Rimerman and Irina Zelikson to defraud...
  • Bethesda Arsonist Sentenced in Scheme to Defraud Insurance Company

    06/22/2009 6:38:10 PM PDT · by Larry381 · 1 replies · 300+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | June 22, 2009 | United States Attorney's Office District of Maryland
    GREENBELT, MD—U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Thomas Patrick Moriarty, age 40, of Dickerson, Maryland, today to 27 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud an insurance company by setting fire to an insured residence, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Messitte also ordered Moriarty to pay restitution of $33,000. According to his plea agreement, Moriarty assisted a friend who was involved in the contracting business to burn down an insured house in Bethesda. The friend, later identified as...
  • Suspicious car fires up 27 percent

    06/08/2009 9:32:18 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 11 replies · 768+ views
    upi via email no link | 6/8/9
    LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- The number of suspicious U.S. car fires is spiking as owners of pricey and gas-guzzling cars are finding they can no longer afford them, insurers say. The National Insurance Crime Bureau says suspected auto arson is up 27 percent in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2008, while so-called owner give-ups, defined as an owner abandoning or intentionally destroying a vehicle in hopes of gaining an insurance payoff, is up 24 percent, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. "If they owe $10,000 and can only sell the vehicle for $7,000, they'll...
  • Signs of Stress, Fraud on Roadside (People burning or ditching cars)

    03/27/2009 4:02:15 AM PDT · by raybbr · 46 replies · 1,914+ views
    WSJ via Yahoo News ^ | March 26, 2009 | Douglas Belkin
    More Vehicles Burned, Ditched in Apparent Schemes by Owners to Get Insurance Payout Police detective Mark Menzie drove 55 miles into the desert Sunday to inspect the charred remains of a formerly silver Ford Expedition. Later, he sat in a kitchen on the city's south side where a 19-year-old man confessed to torching his girlfriend's Chrysler PT Cruiser. At noon Monday, Mr. Menzie was picking through the smashed windshield of a 2008 Land Rover in a desert canyon. His police radio crackled as he worked; another car was spotted burning southwest of the city. Years of no-money-down car loans followed...
  • Saddled With Debt, Some Decide to Torch Vehicles

    10/13/2008 1:21:23 PM PDT · by BGHater · 70 replies · 1,927+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 Oct 2008 | Dan Morse and Matt Zapotosky
    Burdened by debt and driving home from a night of gambling in West Virginia, Sergio Lopez launched a scheme that at the time must have seemed like a good idea. He pulled his Volkswagen Jetta up to a random corner in Silver Spring, doused the interior with gasoline, set it on fire and walked away. He later made a claim to Nationwide Insurance. The car was missing, he said -- someone must have stolen it. Add Lopez, who pleaded guilty in the case this year, to the band of Washington area residents who have torched their cars hoping for a...
  • Edwards' "other woman" revives memories of a gruesome scandal( Horse Killing For Profit )

    08/14/2008 6:29:34 PM PDT · by Leisler · 67 replies · 252+ views
    ESPN.Com ^ | August 14, 2008 | Lester Munson, with William Nack
    On Sunday, as I was sitting in my summer cabin in Vermont, completely absorbed in a New York Times story about John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, I began reading a paragraph whose message shot through me like a sudden bolt of electrical current. The story centered on Ms. Hunter's refusal to take a DNA test to determine the paternity of her 5-month-old daughter, but that was not what startled me. It was this: "Ms. Hunter was born in Fort Lauderdale. Fla., in 1964 as Lisa Druck and moved to New York City in her 20s, becoming part of a...
  • Jose: Was dad of John Edwards' lover a horse killer?

    08/12/2008 2:16:21 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 35 replies · 469+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Aug.12,2008 | JOSE LAMBIET
    Former presidential hopeful John Edwards' mistress grew up in Florida with a dad who once found himself in the FBI's sights. Born Lisa Druck in Fort Lauderdale, Rielle Hunter didn't leave much of a footprint there. Or on the Central Florida community of Ocala, where she went to high school. Or Tampa, where she went to college. Correction: A previous version of this story said James Druck died in 1992. Her father, however, did leave a legacy in this state. An ugly one. Quoting an FBI informant shortly after James Druck's death in 1990, Sports Illustrated named him a figure...
  • Lake in the Hills man charged with pufferfish toxin --had a $5 million life insurance policy(IL)..

    07/08/2008 2:29:36 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 18 replies · 1,226+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7-7-08 | Jeff Long, Carolyn Starks
    Complete title too long for the form. Here's the total title: Lake in the Hills man charged with pufferfish toxin purchase had a $5 million life insurance policy on his wife, authorities say Federal prosecutors also say she was the intended target in 2005, when her husband sought a hit man A Lake in the Hills man arrested after ordering a deadly pufferfish toxin had a cache of weapons in his home and was named as the beneficiary of a $5 million life insurance policy on his wife, prosecutors said Monday. Federal prosecutors also said that the wife, Rebecca Bachner,...
  • Man of the people-Arrested

    12/18/2002 5:27:03 PM PST · by ganesha · 22 replies · 545+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 12/18/2002 | Sandra Tan
    Man of the people - arrested By SANDRA TAN News Staff Reporter 12/18/2002 Mohamed T. Albanna, photographed in his Clinton Street store last July, is considered outspoken on issues crucial to Lackawanna. Business owner Andrea Haxton saw Mohamed T. Albanna several days a week. He was her main cigarette distributor and regularly dropped off boxes at her A&E Goods store on Ridge Road and Ingham Avenue on his way home from work. "He delivers them, we pay him, chit-chat, and he goes home," the Lackawanna business owner said. "We talk about politics all the time." Albanna came by Monday night...
  • Former radio host has disappeared, family, friends say

    06/18/2007 6:00:20 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 29 replies · 2,664+ views
    SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER Former radio host has disappeared, family, friends say Police looking into Mike Webb case Last updated June 15, 2007 11:07 p.m. PT By LEVI PULKKINEN P-I REPORTER Police are investigating the disappearance of Seattle radio personality Mike Webb, the former liberal talk-show host for KIRO-AM radio who was convicted of insurance fraud earlier this year. Webb, 52, was last seen by family or friends on April 13, according to a missing-person report filed in May with the Seattle Police Department. Webb Webb "To my knowledge, Mr. Webb has not been found yet," said Officer Mark Jamieson, a police...
  • Police: Washington Man Drowned Child for $200,000 Insurance Policy (SEVERE Tears and ANGER ALERT)

    06/09/2007 10:20:56 AM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 1,268+ views
    SEATTLE — The firefighters who tried to save 3-year-old Ashley McLellan, unconscious after being pulled from a pool on a winter night in 2003, noticed something strange about her stepfather: He was calm, mostly dry and never once asked them if she would live.
  • Former radio talk-show host found guilty of insurance fraud (KIRO AM - Liberal)

    02/03/2007 6:32:08 PM PST · by Murtyo · 10 replies · 548+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Friday, February 2, 2007 - Page updated at 01:42 PM | Natalie Singer
    Former KIRO radio talk show host Mike Webb was found guilty of insurance fraud this morning and sentenced to 240 hours of community service. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector issued the verdict following an abbreviated trial, in which she reviewed police reports and documents from Webb's first trial, which ended in a mistrial. Webb opted for the abbreviated trial rather than be tried before a jury. Link To Continue
  • Sisters Blew Whistle on Katrina Claims

    08/26/2006 2:40:15 PM PDT · by khnyny · 56 replies · 2,625+ views
    Associated Press (appears on Yahoo) ^ | August 26, 2006 | Michael Kunzelman
    Who are the moles? The question was like a parlor game for employees of State Farm Insurance Co. after Hurricane Katrina, one they nervously played during coffee breaks or in the parking lot after work. Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, a prominent lawyer of tobacco litigation fame, created a stir by announcing in March that two "insiders" were helping him build cases against insurers for denying claims for Hurricane Katrina losses. Their identities remained a mystery until the day in early June when Cori and Kerri Rigsby — employees of a company that contracted with State Farm — told a supervisor they...
  • Daughter Who Suprised Mom With Birthday Visit Sues Parents (injury)

    07/20/2006 5:44:20 PM PDT · by Hazcat · 44 replies · 616+ views
    AP ^ | July 13,2006 | AP
    "MADISON, Wis. -- An Illinois woman is suing her Wisconsin parents for maintaining an icy driveway that she blamed for a fall that broke her ankle two winters ago."
  • Workers' comp law targets fraud (Schwarzenegger -- CA)

    05/27/2006 9:43:04 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 582+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 27, 2006 | Gilbert Chan
    Answering frequent complaints by contractors, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday signed legislation to crack down on workers' compensation insurance fraud plaguing the roofing industry. The measure, Assembly Bill 881 by Assemblyman Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, calls for insurers to conduct annual audits of roofing company payrolls and empowers the Contractors State License Board to strip roofing licenses from contractors who fail to carry state-mandated workers' compensation insurance. Insurers and contractors are counting on the law to lower premiums for employers in the long run. Unscrupulous contractors will underreport the number of roofers on their payroll. Some won't carry coverage at all,...
  • Buses used in pro-immigration rally burned

    04/19/2006 5:31:58 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 27 replies · 1,095+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 04/19/06 | TERESA BORDEN
    Buses used in pro-immigration rally burned By TERESA BORDEN The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 04/19/06 The owner of a bus line who provided free transportation to some of the people attending a pro-immigration rally last week said today that three of his buses were burned overnight while they sat in a Doraville parking area. Carlos Ochoa, who owns Royal Bus Lines, said he was notified by employees about 7 a.m. that the 20-passenger buses he keeps in a private parking lot off Church Street had burned. "I would not want to believe that this happened because of the march," said...

    01/01/2006 6:34:28 AM PST · by Calpernia · 35 replies · 9,481+ views
    Russian organized crime has become a significant problem for California law enforcement agencies. During the past several years, some Russian emigres have established a growing number of loosely structured criminal networks in this state that are involved in sophisticated criminal activities. The law enforcement intelligence community has also become aware of at least four structured Russian criminal organizations operating in California. Russian organized crime includes crime groups from all the republics which comprised the former Soviet Union. These crime groups are operating in many of the major cities in California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and San...
  • Fire Destroys Building That Was To Become Muslim Center

    07/26/2005 10:17:28 AM PDT · by Puppage · 80 replies · 1,813+ views
    WNBC Television ^ | 7/26/2005 | Puppage
    PATERSON, N.J. -- Investigators on Tuesday continued examining the charred remains of a vacant building owned by the Islamic Center of Passaic County. Mosque leaders, who planned to start a community center at the site, said they were concerned that the fire may have been set in a bias attack, noting that the building was secured by an 8-foot fence and locked gate. Passaic County Prosecutor James Avigliano said he could not comment on that until a cause is found. "Right now, it's still being listed as undetermined," he said Tuesday. The 110-year-old brick, three-story building, which had been a...
  • There's No Place Like Home: What I learned from my wife's month in the British medical system.

    06/07/2005 9:42:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 102 replies · 2,851+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | June 8, 2005 | David Asman
    "Mr. Asman, could you come down to the gym? Your wife appears to be having a small problem." In typical British understatement, this was the first word I received of my wife's stroke. We had arrived in London the night before for a two-week vacation. We spent the day sightseeing and were planning to go to the theater. I decided to take a nap, but my wife wanted to get in a workout in the hotel's gym before theater. Little did either of us know that a tiny blood clot had developed in her leg on the flight to London...
  • Aetna jumps on right-to-die bandwagon

    06/06/2005 10:37:37 AM PDT · by eartotheground · 17 replies · 585+ views
    aetna ^ | June 6, 2005 | aetna
    Welcome Welcome to the Aetna Compassionate Care Program web site. We designed this site as a "resource center" to help you better understand the issues and choices associated with end-of-life care. The site includes helpful information on end-of-life and palliative (comfort) care issues, advance planning tools, tips to begin conversations on end-of-life care with loved ones, advance directive forms, living wills and much more. We applaud those of you who are visiting this web site for the purpose of advance planning. You will find tools that will help you think through these issues and discuss them freely with your loved...

    05/10/2005 7:07:53 AM PDT · by Liz · 8 replies · 2,848+ views
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  • British, Irish probe Berkshire units

    05/08/2005 11:27:27 AM PDT · by sully777 · 3 replies · 426+ views
    NZ Herald ^ | 09.05.05
    NEW YORK - Berkshire Hathaway says a British regulator is investigating two officers associated with affiliates of its General Re Corp unit, and an Irish regulator wants information about non-traditional reinsurance products. The actions, which Berkshire disclosed late Friday, are among several worldwide involving General Re. The US Securities and Exchange Commission may file a civil securities fraud lawsuit and seek penalties against a senior vice-president at General Re, Berkshire said. Regulators are examining the possible improper use of finite, or non-traditional, reinsurance products. They want to know if the products function as loans to help insurers camouflage earnings weakness...
  • Chasing the death dividend

    04/07/2005 6:19:56 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 24 replies · 2,550+ views
    Terri Bump Thread ^ | July 4, 2004
    Chasing the death dividend Viatical agreements match those who want to cash in on life insurance policies with investors willing to buy the rights to those policies. But a lack of regulation leaves the system open to fraud. July 4, 2004 When the U.S. Coast Guard raided a Russian fishing vessel on the Pacific Ocean in 2001, investigators hit a jackpot: more than 12 tons of chalky powder hidden beneath a mountain of frozen squid, the largest haul of cocaine ever intercepted at sea. At the time, they had no idea they also had tapped in to what federal authorities...
  • Michael Schiavo's Insurance Company Contributed to "Death with Dignity" Bill Supporter

    04/06/2005 7:30:28 AM PDT · by tacomonkey2002 · 68 replies · 2,267+ views
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2005 | Life Site News contributor
    Michael Schiavo's Insurance Company Contributed to "Death with Dignity" Bill Supporter CLEARWATER, Florida, April 5, 2005 ( - The Jerger & Centonze Insurnace (sic) Agency, a company that lists its address as 2807 Marrie Court - Michael Schiavo's address - and has as a co-founder, Michael's girlfriend/fiancé Jody Centonze, was a contributor to the campaign of death-with-dignity bill champion Florida Senator Jim King. "Conflicts of interest among key players in the Terri Schiavo controversy could give the United Nations oil-for-food investigation a run for its money," wrote Editor Judi McLeod. "Campaign contributors to the political campaign of district 8...
  • Huge Billing Fraud Is Cited by Health Plans at California Clinics

    03/12/2005 1:24:31 PM PST · by Liz · 10 replies · 461+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | March 12, 2005 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, March 11 - Twelve Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, working with the F.B.I., said Friday that they had broken up an elaborate insurance scheme in which thousands of patients from 47 states were sent to California to undergo unnecessary surgical and diagnostic procedures, for which doctors filed more than $1 billion of fraudulent insurance claims. Insurance executives and law enforcement officials said that surgery clinics in Southern California typically paid recruiters $2,000 to $4,000 for each patient who received a medical procedure. The patients, they said, received rewards in the form of cash or discounts on cosmetic surgery....
  • Terror suspect arrested seeking nuclear material

    01/24/2005 8:52:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 723+ views
    WND ^ | January 24, 2005 | staff
    German police have arrested two suspected al-Qaida terrorists – one who was allegedly trying to buy enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb and other planning a suicide attack in Iraq. According to a German prosecutor, the arrests, which occurred early Sunday, came after months of investigation, Knight-Ridder reported. The suspects were nabbed after early morning police raids in Mainz and Bonn. President Bush is scheduled to visit Mainz next month, which heightens the security concerns in the city. It was determined today there was enough evidence to keep the pair in custody pending possible charges. Authorities described one suspect, Ibrahim...
  • Lawyer Charged with Making Bogus Claims

    01/23/2004 3:16:36 PM PST · by mhking · 14 replies · 215+ views
    WINS New York ^ | 1.22.04
    Jan 22, 2004 5:36 pm US/Eastern (1010 WINS) (NEW YORK) A Queens attorney has been arrested and charged with submitting $1 million in fraudulent claims using the personal information of car accident victims that he bought for $54, prosecutors said Thursday. Sergey Khaitov, 37, of Rego Park was charged with second- and third-degree insurance fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Khaitov tried to "turn the state's no-fault automobile insurance system into a personal piggy bank." Authorities began to investigate the case when a Kemper Insurance Co. investigator found irregularities in claims filed by...
  • Buttafuoco Arrested, Charged With Fraud

    12/17/2003 6:00:55 PM PST · by TaxRelief · 39 replies · 490+ views ^ | Dec 17, 2003 | AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joey Buttafuoco, whose affair with a teenager led to his wife's shooting in New York, was arrested Wednesday and charged with insurance fraud for allegedly making phony repair estimates at his auto body shop. Buttafuoco, 47, co-owns California Collision of Chatsworth. He allegedly told undercover investigators how to file phony insurance claims for undamaged cars, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said. Prosecutors charged Buttafuoco with three counts of insurance fraud and one count of grand theft. He was being held on $50,000 bail. The state also has filed a separate action to suspend or...
  • Spotlight turns to lawyer in terror case

    09/11/2003 10:17:46 PM PDT · by piasa · 17 replies · 520+ views
    Portland Tribune ^ | Tue, Aug 26, 2003 | JANINE ROBBEN
    When controversial New York attorney Stanley Cohen came to court last week seeking to represent Portland Seven defendant Patrice Lumumba Ford, the focus was on Cohen's prior representation of the spiritual leader of a Portland mosque where Ford had worshiped. How can Cohen fairly represent Ford, U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones asked, when Cohen's former client Sheik Mohamed Abdirahman Kariye is being investigated for allegedly helping to finance the same conspiracy with which Ford is charged? According to an FBI affidavit unsealed Friday, Kariye may have raised $12,000, through unidentified worshipers at Masjed As-Saber in Southwest Portland, for Ford...
  • Arab immigrant who claimed wife died in Sept. 11 attacks, gets prison in insurance scam

    05/09/2002 11:43:05 AM PDT · by vance · 36 replies · 364+ views
    AP ^ | May 9 2002
    <p>NEW ORLEANS - An illegal immigrant who lied about his wife dying in the World Trade Center collapse so he could collect $100,000 in life insurance was sentenced to 15 months in prison.</p> <p>Jihad Razzaq, 35, had asked U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon on Wednesday only to deport him to Palestine. The judge also sentenced his friend, Halim Bouderbala, 31, to 13 months in federal prison for backing the fake claim.</p>
  • States Sue Vatican Over Ties to Frankel

    05/10/2002 9:39:39 AM PDT · by jpthomas · 9 replies · 224+ views
    Dow Jones & Company, Inc. via ^ | May 10, 2002 | Dow Jones & Co., Inc. (WSJ Staff Reporters Ellen Joan Pollock and Milo Geyelin contributing)
    In an attempt to recoup some of the roughly $215 million allegedly stolen by financier Martin Frankel, insurance commissioners for five states sued the Vatican in federal court in Mississippi, Friday's Wall Street Journal reported. The suit alleges that Mr. Frankel tried to use the Catholic Church as "a front" to acquire insurance companies, and that a former Vatican judge, who has been arrested on criminal charges related to the Frankel case, was the Vatican's agent. The suit also claims that several high-ranking Vatican officials had varying degrees of knowledge about Mr. Frankel's attempts to acquire insurance companies through a...