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  • Ray Nagin, Former New Orleans Mayor, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

    07/09/2014 8:27:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 76 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7-9-14 | Campbell Robertson
    NEW ORLEANS — C. Ray Nagin, the former mayor of New Orleans who was convicted in February on corruption charges, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans. Mr. Nagin was found guilty in February on 20 counts, most relating to kickbacks from contractors looking for city work. The sentence was imposed by Judge Ginger Berrigan of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mr. Nagin, a Democrat, was arrested in January 2013, nearly three years after he left office. He was charged with taking kickbacks in the form of...
  • EDITORIAL: One traffic-ticket camera kickback scheme hits a red light

    05/19/2014 7:27:37 AM PDT · by cutty · 41 replies
    Washington Times ^ | May 16, 2014
    <p>Those big, ugly early birds began circling over the corporate headquarters of the revenue-camera industry last week when federal prosecutors announced that felony corruption charges had been filed against the Chicago city official in charge of one of the world’s largest red-light camera operations. More dominoes are expected to fall as FBI agents take the investigation to other cities.</p>
  • The Anti-Kickback Statute And [Obamacare]: A Law Enforcement Tool Suddenly Goes Missing

    11/22/2013 1:49:25 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 9 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | 11/13/13 | Robert Radick
    Less than two weeks ago, one of the most potent resources that law enforcement has had at its disposal in the fight against health care fraud suddenly fell out of the government’s toolbox... HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s announcement...that insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act’s new health insurance exchanges do not constitute “Federal health care programs” and thus are not within the scope of the federal anti-kickback statute. The significance of Secretary Sebelius’s decision is underscored by the critical role that the anti-kickback statute has long played in the government’s ability to impose significant penalties and obtain massive recoveries in...
  • After Shutdown: Administration Gives $445,000,000 to Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    10/04/2013 9:25:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/3/2013 | Terrence P Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - On the first day of the “shutdown” of the federal government, when members of the U.S. Senate were going to the well of their house to point out that the shutdown would prevent the National Institutes of Health from starting clinical trials for cancer patients and others facing possibly terminal illnesses, the administration was giving $445,000,000 to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to the Daily Treasury Statement. That means PBS NewsHour, National Public Radio and Sesame Street got a taxpayer subsidy during the shutdown, but not would-be cancer patients at the NIH. The $445 million the Treasury...
  • DOJ Steers Countrywide Settlement Cash to Leftist Groups With Dem Ties

    01/06/2012 9:39:54 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 1/6/12 | Tom Fitton
    The untold story of the Obama Administration’s widely reported, $335 million discrimination settlement with Countrywide Financial Corporation is that, under a secret Justice Department program, a chunk of the money won’t go to the “victims” but rather leftist groups not connected to the lawsuit. The Department of Justice (DOJ) will determine which “qualified organizations” get leftover settlement cash and Democrat-tied groups like the scandal-plagued Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) and the open-borders National Council of La Raza (NCLR) stand to get large sums based on the
  • New Poll Has Nelson Trailing in Nebraska

    11/28/2011 11:30:50 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 14 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 11/28/2011 | Thomas Ferdousi
    Incumbent Senator and former Governor Ben Nelson has fallen behind in new polling in Nebraska. The Democrat reportedly has been considering retirement, which should not be surprising at all, considering the data. Nelson has been polling poorly for a while, now. It may be at the point that Nelson's campaign would not even be able to get off of the ground. Nelson was polled against three candidates, including Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning. In two of the matchups, Nelson either led slightly or had a 6% lead. However, against Bruning, Nelson has quite the deficit. Considering that Bruning would have...
  • Mark Amodei exits Senate race, won’t challenge Harry Reid (What was Mark's Payoff?)

    02/22/2010 11:12:53 AM PST · by pansgold · 16 replies · 1,240+ views
    lasvegassun ^ | Feb. 22, 2010 | Cy Ryan
    I think the GOP is better off without another politician that is for sale.
  • Here's the path to success in America!

    01/20/2010 6:13:26 PM PST · by brycemax · 1 replies · 347+ views
    Do you think the keys to success in America are hard work, innovation or personal responsibility? Those concepts are for squares! Here's the new way to get ahead in the good old U.S. of A! NOTE: the author of this comic requests that you visit his web site and please refrain from copying the cartoon within this thread. Thanks!
  • John Murtha Buddy Suspended Because of KICKBACKS-Are the Feds Closing In On the Pork King?

    01/07/2010 12:40:49 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 402+ views
    ABC News/The Lid ^ | 1/7/10 | The Lid
    Back in January, agents from the FBI, the IRS and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service searched the office of Kuchera Industries and Kuchera Defense Systems, as well as the homes of the firms' founders. These companies reportedly received over $100 million in earmarks, thanks to Murtha's efforts. While it was unclear whether Murtha was a target of the investigations, the heightened scrutiny of some of his closest donors including Kuchera and PMA allies signals that the Feds may be inching closer to the 35-year-member of Congress, who is a constant nominee for the Congressional Porker of the Year. Eventually the...
  • Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill

    12/20/2009 4:02:48 PM PST · by jessduntno · 31 replies · 1,233+ views
    Interesting Provisions That Recently Appeared In Senate Health Bill ? $100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” NEBRASKA “As Part Of The Deal To Win Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson's Support, The Federal Government Will Fund Nebraska's New Medicaid Recipients.” (“Ben Nelson's Medicaid Deal,” Politico, 12/19/09) VERMONT “The Health Care Overhaul Taking Shape In Congress Includes A Provision Pushed By Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy To Increase The State’s Medicaid Payments By $250 Million Over Six Years. The Provision, Also Supported By Sen. Bernie...
  • Pelosi Health Care Bill Blows a Kiss to Trial Lawyers(Prohibits state from limiting attorney's fees)

    10/30/2009 1:12:38 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 25 replies · 1,292+ views
    breitbart ^ | 10/30/09
    The health care bill recently unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi is over 1,900 pages for a reason. It is much easier to dispense goodies to favored interest groups if they are surrounded by a lot of legislative legalese. For example, check out this juicy morsel to the trial lawyers (page 1431-1433 of the bill): Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes...
  • The Cost of Doing Business? (corruption in pension funds)

    09/03/2009 8:26:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 460+ views
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/03/09 | Leo Kolivakis
    The Cost of Doing Business? /snip The dirty little secret in the pension world is that kickbacks are more common than people think in the private markets and hedge funds where funds try to bribe underpaid pension fund managers. How do I know? Because I have been approached in the past (very subtle, using words like 'facilitate') and witnessed my fair share of shady deals across many pension funds where I asked myself why the heck is this pension fund manager so gun-ho on that fund? The problem with kickbacks is even though you know they're happening, it's very hard...
  • CA: Ex-Calif. Senate leader cleared in kickback probe (PeRATaGate & FBI probe poops out)

    05/27/2009 12:46:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 435+ views
    ap on Sac bee ^ | 5/27/09 | Don Thompson - ap
    Federal prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file corruption charges against a former California lawmaker, clearing the way for his campaign for Oakland mayor next year. ... The announcement ends an investigation into former state Senate leader Don Perata that stretches back to 2004 and extended to his family and circle of political associates. ... Federal prosecutors released a statement saying only that they were declining to file criminal charges but did not say why. They said they could not "disclose our deliberative process."
  • Peru's entire cabinet resigns over kickback scandal (Will the same happen to Dodd/Franks?)

    10/10/2008 8:39:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies · 503+ views
    Canada .com ^ | 10/10/08 | Luis Jaime Cisneros
    Peru's entire cabinet resigns over scandalLuis Jaime Cisneros, AFP Published: Friday, October 10, 2008 LIMA - Peruvian President Alan Garcia accepted Friday the resignation of his entire 13-member cabinet, in a bid to avert an opposition censure resolution in Congress over a oil-industry kickback scandal. "The president has accepted our resignations presented to him on Thursday, and will proceed to reshuffle the cabinet," outgoing prime minister Jorge del Castillo told reporters at government headquarters. The kickback scandal has been roiling since Sunday when nine audio tapes were leaked to news media covering backroom negotiations between government officials, a former congressman...
  • Obama Grant Being Probed

    09/25/2008 12:42:04 PM PDT · by proudpapa · 56 replies · 393+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 9-25-08 | CHRIS FUSCO AND DAVE MCKINNEY
    A $100,000 state grant for a botanic garden in Englewood that then-state Sen. Barack Obama awarded in 2001 to a group headed by a onetime campaign volunteer is now under investigation by the Illinois attorney general amid new questions, prompted by Chicago Sun-Times reports, about whether the money might have been misspent. The garden was never built. And now state records obtained by the Sun-Times show $65,000 of the grant money went to the wife of Kenny B. Smith, the Obama 2000 congressional campaign volunteer who heads the Chicago Better Housing Association, which was in charge of the project for...
  • Kickbacks to Plaintiffs: Industry Problem?

    05/02/2008 10:58:59 AM PDT · by MrLegalReform · 64+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 05/02/2008 | Nathan Koppel
    Does the Milberg criminal case point to a broader ill in the securities class-action industry? That’s a question being raised by U.S. Rep. John Boehner, the Republican leader in the House. In this letter expected to be sent to the House Judiciary Committee today, Boehner (pictured) asks the committee to investigate whether plaintiffs lawyers routinely pay kickbacks to shareholder clients, as Milberg is alleged to have done. The firm denies wrongdoing. Four of its former-once-senior partners have pleaded or agreed to plead guilty. The letter highlights comments that former Milberg partner William Lerach made to the WSJ earlier this year:...
  • Third drug company says it faces Iraq 'kickbacks' probe

    12/30/2007 10:08:29 PM PST · by Westlander · 2 replies · 317+ views
    AFP ^ | 12-30-2007 | AFP
    A third pharmaceutical giant said Sunday it is being investigated by Britain's Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over alleged breaches of the United Nations oil-for-food programme in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Eli Lilly and Company Limited said it had been asked to hand over documents to the SFO, a day after British peer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Anglo-Swedish firm AstraZeneca announced they had received similar requests.
  • 3 Lawyers Plead Not Guilty In Kickback Scheme

    10/15/2007 10:44:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 50+ views
    cbs ^ | Oct 15, 2007 9:58 am US/Pacific
    LOS ANGELES The co-founder of a prestigious New York law firm and two co-defendants pleaded not guilty Monday in Los Angeles to federal charges related to a major class-action kickback scheme. Melvyn Weiss entered his pleas to two counts of conspiracy and one count each of obstruction of justice and making false statements in relation to documents that were the subject of a grand jury subpoena. Not guilty pleas were also entered by plaintiff Seymour Lazar and attorney Paul Selzer to charges contained in a superseding indictment filed last month. Lazar, who allegedly received kickbacks, and Selzer are each charged...
  • Saudi scandal takes off again over prince's birthday plane(BAE kickbacks to Prince Bandar)

    06/16/2007 12:05:09 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 701+ views
    Saudi scandal takes off again over prince's birthday plane By Agence France Presse (AFP) Saturday, June 16, 2007 LONDON: British defense giant BAE bought Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan an Airbus plane under a multi-billion pound arms deal and is still paying the costs of flying it, The Guardian newspaper said Friday. The latest allegation met with renewed denials of wrongdoing from BAE, which said it does not pay or receive bribes or "offer other improper inducements," although a spokesman declined to comment on the specific plane charge. The newspaper last week alleged that BAE transferred secret payments totaling more...
  • Intern In Obama's Office Linked To Rezko (Obama caught being less than truthful)

    12/23/2006 9:40:49 PM PST · by Krankor · 26 replies · 2,124+ views
    AP ^ | 12/23/06 | unknown
    A 2005 intern in U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's Capitol Hill office had ties to Antoin "Tony" Rezko, a developer and political fundraiser now under indictment, according to a published report. The 20-year-old student, who was paid an $804 stipend for the competitive five-week internship, was recommended by Rezko, now a main figure in a kickback scheme involving investment firms seeking state business, the Chicago Tribune reported in its Sunday editions. The intern is the son of Glenview businessman Joseph Aramanda, who once served as a chief operating officer of a Rezko company and had a long-term business relationship with Rezko,...
  • The African Connection:Rep. Jefferson and Joe Wilson

    07/25/2006 8:44:51 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 72 replies · 2,731+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/25/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The documents seized in the FBI raid on the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) remain unread by Justice Department investigators, pending a federal Appeals Court ruling scheduled for August 27. [snip] But we already know a bit about the charges and some of the alleged partners of Congressman Jefferson. Two people have pleaded guilty to bribing him.
  • Iraq kickbacks widespread, says shipping exec

    02/23/2006 10:33:49 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 540+ views
    The general manager of a shipping company based in the United Arab Emirates has made an extraordinary claim at the oil-for-food inquiry. The executive said the British embassy, US Navy and the Royal Navy were all aware of kickbacks to Saddam Hussein in 2001. The statement from Michael Wallbanks, the general manager of P&O Nedlloyd only arrived at the commission this morning. He said that when he arrived in Dubai in 2000, he became aware that Iraq imposed a 10 per cent tax on all goods shipped to the country. The commission was told that most exporters chose to...
  • Oil - for - Food Probe Expected to Accuse UN Director

    08/07/2005 5:45:29 PM PDT · by gpapa · 1 replies · 533+ views
    Reuters via New York Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | Unattributed
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An investigation into the oil-for-food program will accuse for the first time on Monday the director of the defunct $67 billion U.N. operation of getting cash from oil deals.
  • Kickback scandal plagues Canada liberals

    04/11/2005 5:29:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 906+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/11/05 | Beth Duff-Brown - AP
    OTTAWA, Canada (AP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin scrambled Monday to prevent the fall of his government amid a kickback scandal in his Liberal Party, as a new poll showed the opposition Conservatives would easily win fresh elections if held today. In what some say is Canada's version of Watergate, in terms of magnitude and potential damage, Martin reiterated that he had nothing to do with the ethics fiasco, in which party members are accused of having taken kickbacks from advertising agencies hired to promote federalism in the rebellious French-speaking province of Quebec. "Not only do I have the moral...
  • And when the great wave fell back, the UN stood revealed, Notably Useless

    01/02/2005 4:26:03 PM PST · by saquin · 30 replies · 1,916+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 1/3/05 | Tim Hames
    ADLAI STEVENSON once argued that a politician is a statesman who “approaches every question with an open mouth”. If the performance of Jan Egeland, of the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, is an indication, the same is true of those paid by the United Nations. A week ago, despite just one day having passed since the Asian tsunami, with the reported death toll one tenth of what it is now believed to be, and ignoring the fact that public holidays are never the easiest times to start organising an aid effort, Mr Egeland saw fit to dismiss...
  • Ex-Wis. state senator (D) sentenced in kickback case

    08/05/2004 10:15:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 225+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/5/04 | Todd Richmond - AP
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - A federal judge sentenced a former Wisconsin state senator to four years in prison Thursday for a kickback scheme prosecutors said involved hundreds of thousands of dollars and for using his legislative staff to run personal errands. Gary George, once known as the "Teflon" senator because scandals seemed to slide off him, apologized for the errand-running but denied the other allegations involving state welfare money - even though he pleaded guilty to them. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said George betrayed the public's trust. "A politician has to keep in mind he is, above all else, a...
  • Saddam kickback inquiry

    07/23/2004 11:48:45 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 3 replies · 303+ views
    The Sun ^ | July 23 2004
    A BRITISH engineering firm admitted yesterday that it may have paid millions in illegal kickbacks to Saddam Hussein’s regime. WEIR GROUP, which has former NATO chief George Robertson on its board, is probing £4.2million in irregular payments in Iraq. After previous denials the oil and water pump maker conceded that extra payments made to an agent to land United Nations contracts could have lined Saddam’s pockets. A spokesman for the Glasgow-based group — Scotland’s biggest engineer — said: “The investigations have not been able to establish the ultimate recipients of the payments to the agent. “Therefore the group cannot rule...
  • As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a Check

    06/26/2004 11:13:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,793+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 27, 2004 | GARDINER HARRIS
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> June 27, 2004 As Doctors Write Prescriptions, Drug Company Writes a CheckBy GARDINER HARRIS he check for $10,000 arrived in the mail unsolicited. The doctor who received it from the drug maker Schering-Plough said it was made out to him personally in exchange for an attached "consulting" agreement that required nothing other than his commitment to prescribe the company's medicines. Two other physicians said in separate interviews that they, too, received checks unbidden from Schering-Plough, one of the world's biggest drug companies. "I threw mine away," said the first doctor, who spoke on...
  • Scandal With No Friends (Iraq Oil for Food Program)

    04/18/2004 11:03:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 685+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 19, 2004 | WILLIAM SAFIRE
    WASHINGTON — How fares the multination cover-up of the richest rip-off in world history? Obstruction of justice has never had it so good. Last month, after some badgering in this space and elsewhere, the House International Relations Committee announced it would look into the $5 billion kickback scandal in the United Nations' six-year Iraqi oil-for-food program, the largest humanitarian aid effort ever undertaken. Our State Department, eager for U.N. help in Iraq, wants no revelations of U.N. ineptitude and corruption. It waltzed the committee staff around. Senate Foreign Relations, however, not wanting to be upstaged by its House counterpart, called...
  • Sharon son told to submit files (Sharon/son in trouble?) - 10 December, 2003

    03/29/2004 6:58:30 PM PST · by dracos · 8 replies · 177+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 10 December, 2003, 23:50 GMT
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 December, 2003, 23:50 GMT E-mail this to a friend Printable version Sharon son told to submit files Sharon answered police questions for more than six hours in October Israel's highest court has told Ariel Sharon's younger son, Gilad, to release files police say could show corruption. Israeli police are investigating allegations that Mr Sharon accepted illegal contributions in his 1999 campaign to lead the Likud party. Mr Sharon denies wrongdoing and has said he will co-operate with police. But sons Gilad and Omri, who managed his victorious party leadership campaign, have refused to answer police questions...
  • Group posts copies of Capelo check on billboards(S. Texas Kickback)

    01/22/2004 12:01:29 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 261+ views
    Caller-Times ^ | January 22, 2004 | Tim Eaton
    50 bench advertisements and three signs urge voters not to vote for him. A copy of the controversial $100,000 check paid to state Rep. Jaime Capelo by lawyer Rene Rodriguez is now available for viewing on billboards. The Good Government Political Action Committee, established by a local law firm in November, paid for a billboard near the Lipan Street exit of the Crosstown Expressway. The billboard attacks Capelo, who is running for re-election in the 34th District. The PAC also paid for billboards with the same message on Interstate 37 at Corn Products Road and Texas Highway 44 near the...
  • Rodriguez(Capelo)case gets a judge: Kerrville's Prohl will handle case

    12/31/2003 1:02:46 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 205+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | December 31, 2003 | Tim Eaton
    A visiting judge from Kerrville(Texas) will preside over a local district court case that names local lawyer Rene Rodriguez and involves state Rep. Jaime Capelo - whose financial records were subpoenaed - according to court records made public Tuesday. Judge Karl Prohl has presided over hearings in Nueces County before. In April 2000, he led a court of inquiry in a matter involving former Corpus Christi Independent School District Superintendent Abelardo Saavedra and a few board members. After the court of inquiry, a local lawyer criticized Prohl. That lawyer was Rodriguez. Representing two of the trustees, Rodriguez criticized the judge's...
  • (Texas State Rep.)Capelo to wait to talk in court

    12/22/2003 10:12:09 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | December 22, 2003 | Venessa Santos-Garza
    Opponent questions ad that mentions personal legal issues State Rep. Jaime Capelo said Sunday that he doesn't plan on offering his side of the story regarding allegations that he took a $100,000 kickback until he has to appear in court - regardless if the court appearance falls after the upcoming election or not. "I am confident in the legal system and I am also confident that I will be vindicated in these legal matters as the process moves forward," the Corpus Christi Democrat said late Sunday. "And I'm looking forward to that opportunity." On Sunday, Capelo's campaign organizers ran a...
  • "(S. Korean) Cash Transfer (to North Korea) Designed to Dodge CIA" (Intriguing!)

    05/15/2003 7:01:19 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 13 replies · 304+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Daily Newspaper from South Korea (in English) ^ | 16 May 2003 | J.H. Choi (Chosun Ilbo Daily Newspaper in English)
    South Korean [fmr. Pres. Kim Dae Jung] Cash Transfer to North Korea Designed to Dodge American CIA by Choi Jae-hyeok (jhchoi@chosun.com) The (S. Korean) National Intelligence Service worked to make sure its transfer of $200 million to North Korea would go undetected by U.S. intelligence authorities according to statements by the S. Korean NIS and banking officials obtained by the special prosecutor team investigating the cash-for-summit scandal. Because of the detail involved, this conflicts with the Pres. Kim Dae-jung government's claim in February that the cash was sent as part of the Hyundai Group's economic cooperation projects in North...
  • Oil scandal billionaire tells French court of bribes (Froggie Alert)

    05/07/2003 9:48:28 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 215+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5/7/03 | Paul Webster and Martin Bright
    An Iraqi-born British billionaire told a French court yesterday how he had paid millions of pounds in kickbacks to French oil executives. Nadhmi Auchi, 65, reputedly Britain's seventh-richest man, is one of 37 company administrators and business partners accused of being involved in France's biggest postwar financial scandal in which the oil firm, now TotalFinaElf, allegedly paid out huge sums in bribes and backhanders to expand its empire. Mr Auchi gave himself up in London after two years resisting French demands for his arrest in connection with Elf's purchase in the 90s of interests in Spanish refineries owned by Cepsa,...