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2012 / Iran - Bankster Death Penalty
« on: July 31, 2012, 09:54:39 PM »
BANKSTER DEATH PENALTY - Iran Sentences Four Bankers To Hang For $2.6 Billion Fraud - Meanwhile Jamie Dimon & Lloyd Blankfein Are Still Safe In America

Hang the bankers... ?  Bernanke, Paulson, Geithner, Rubin, Corzine, Dimon and Blankfein are safe for now, but perhaps if we moved Wall Street to downtown Tehran.
We have an entire class of people and financial corporations who do little more than use their money (via lobbying) and power to extract (e.g., legally steal) billions of dollars from both taxpayers and shareholders, and they are heralded as 'job creators' and 'captains of industry.'  When caught doing something that is actually illegal (Libor manipulation, for example), they blame rogue traders and call upon political connections with Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer via the Covington & Burling infested Department of Justice.
Scoundrels, every last one of them.
Meanwhile, those who steal from grocery stores generally go to jail.
It is not fair.  It is not just.  It is not right.  And it is why, according to a new Gallup Poll, 'Reducing Corruption in Government' has become the second most important issue to American voters, with a whopping 87% of all votes.
Now, onto Iran, where banksters get punished.

DUBAI, July 30 (Reuters) - An Iranian court has sentenced four people to death for a billion-dollar bankfraud that tainted the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, state media reported on Monday.
Iranians, hit by sanctions and soaring inflation, were shocked by the scale of the $2.6 billion bank loan embezzlement that was exposed last year and by allegations it was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent.
Of the thirty-nine people tried for the fraud - the biggest in the Islamic Republic's history - four were sentenced to hang, the IRNA state news agency reported.
"According to the sentence that was issued, four of the defendants in this case were sentenced to death," prosecutor general Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei told IRNA.
Two people were sentenced to life and others received jail sentences of up to 25 years, Mohseni-Ejei said. In addition to jail time, some were sentenced to flogging, ordered to pay fines and banned from government jobs.
Mohseni-Ejei did not name the defendants and Iranian media have identified them only by their initials. State television broadcast parts of the trial but blurred out the faces of the accused.
The man described by Iranian media as the mastermind of the scheme, businessman Amir Mansoor Khosravi, is said to have forged letters of credit from Iran's Bank Saderat to fund dozens of companies and buy a state-owned steel factory.
Mahmoud Reza Khavari, the former head of Iran's biggest bank, state-owned Bank Melli, resigned over the affair and fled to Canada where records show he owns a $3 million home, Iranian and Canadian news agencies reported

Nice to see that someone, somewhere, has some guts. - burford

2012 / Zimmerman says he prays for teen's parents
« on: July 18, 2012, 10:48:10 PM »
George Zimmerman, in an interview Wednesday with Fox News' Sean Hannity, called the shooting death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin a "tragic situation" and "the most difficult thing I'll ever go through in my life."

But Zimmerman, a volunteer neighborhood watch leader, also spoke in detail about what happened that fateful night in February, saying he had followed Martin because he looked suspicious running between houses in the rain.

Martin soon turned to confront Zimmerman and "asked me what my problem was" before the exchange escalated into violence, Zimmerman told Hannity in his first TV interview, conducted in an undisclosed location in Florida. The 28-year-old, with his attorney sitting by his side, said he reached into his pocket to find his phone to call 911 for a second time, and "I looked up and he punched me and broke my nose."

At one point Zimmerman said he heard Martin "telling me he’s going to kill me."

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 in Sanford, Fla., though he says he acted in self-defense. At first, "I didn't think I hit him," Zimmerman said, adding he only found out later that Martin had died.

Now he is in hiding and said he feels his life is in jeopardy, based on death threats he has received. He told Fox News that on the night of the shooting he had gone out to shop at Target -- "that's the last time I've been home."
The case drew intense national attention as speculation grew about the motives for the shooting, especially given that Martin was black. Zimmerman has white and Hispanic heritage.

He dismissed suggestions by some that he acted out of racism.

"I don't think it's fair that they rushed to judgment to assume that," he told Fox News.

Police initially declined to press charges, citing Florida's so-called "Stand Your Ground" law. But a special prosecutor who was called in to investigate concluded that the evidence didn't support Zimmerman's claims, and the murder charge was filed.

When asked what he would say to Martin's parents, Zimmerman said, "I would tell them that, again, I'm sorry."
"My wife and I don’t have any children," Zimmerman told Hannity. "I have nephews that I love more than life. I love them more than myself. And I know when they were born, it was a different unique bond and love that I have with them. And I love my children even though that they aren’t born yet.

"I am sorry that they buried their child. I can’t imagine what it must feel like. I pray for them daily."
Zimmerman, who is free on bond in Florida while awaiting trial, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.
Hannity had spoke with Zimmerman, 28, off the record in April when he contacted Hannity against the advice of his attorneys. Both Hannity and Zimmerman denied claims that Hannity offered the murder suspect any financial assistance or payment.

The interview concluded with Zimmerman looking into the camera and saying that he wishes the night hadn't ended in Martin's death.

"I do want to tell everyone, my wife, my family, my parents, my grandmother, the Martins, the city of Sanford and America that I'm sorry that this happened," he said. "I hate to think that because of this incident, because my actions, it's polarized and divided American. And I'm truly sorry."

Read more (if you can stomach it):

2012 / Jewish foot doctor fraud = 19 felonies
« on: June 25, 2012, 08:43:18 PM »
A San Jose man who owned a chain of laser treatment centers for toenail fungus turned out to be footloose about actually being a doctor and was convicted Friday of 19 felony counts of practicing medicine without a license.

Cary Silberman, 53, ran spas in San Jose, San Francisco, San Ramon, Beverly Hills and Manhattan called Shiny Toes, an operation that was tarnished last year when Silberman was arrested after an investigation by the Medical Board of California.

Lisa Schon, Santa Clara County prosecutor, said he was fraudulently presenting himself as a licensed doctor, diagnosing patients with toenail fungus and treating the condition with lasers.
She said any one of those could be considered practicing without a license, and initially the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office was pursuing two felony charges and one misdemeanor related to child endangerment.

However, since charges were filed last July, "research of his business records revealed more potential victims who were interviewed," Schon said.

She added that there are, no doubt, many more victims, but she went for 20 charges because "you got to stop at some point."

One of the victims was out of the country, and Silberman was convicted on the remaining 19 counts. He was acquitted on the misdemeanor child endangerment charge, which stemmed from using laser therapy on a 4-year-old.

"He had the laser set too high and the child screamed 'It burns! It burns!' and flinched and pulled away," she said, adding that she does not think laser toenail treatment is ever appropriate for a 4-year-old.

Silberman faces up to 15 years in prison at his sentencing next month.

When Silberman came under scrutiny by the medical board, it sent an undercover investigator to Shiny Toes to pose as a patient. The investigator gathered evidence that Silberman was indeed diagnosing patients with toenail fungus then using laser treatment, which can only be performed by a licensed doctor in California.

Schon said that Shiny Toes employed unlicensed laser operators who had only taken a single one-day course on using the machine.

"That was the extent of their training," she said.

She called laser toenail fungus treatment an unproven procedure and said Silberman was more of a scammer than someone putting the public at risk.

"The most offensive part is that he was holding himself out as a doctor, with no training, and prescribing treatment with no idea whether it works at all," she said.

Silberman's attorney could not be reached for comment on Friday, but Schon said his demeanor hasn't changed since his arrest, when the bogus doctor said the case was sparked by a jealous competing podiatrist.

"No, he did not ever acknowledge that he did anything at all wrong," she said.


Burford wonders -

Why does Ms Schon say - "you got to stop at some point."?? - when there could have been, who knows, possibly hundreds of victims.

General / Forum's Disappearance Sparks Outrage.
« on: May 25, 2012, 01:00:26 PM »
The intermittent disappearance of a political forum from the internet has sparked outrage among its members who are struggling to understand the 'why' of it all. One of the more sincere members who seems to have suffered persecution on a regular bases was very outspoken on the matter. "It's the Muslims. They're in control of everything – banks, porn, the media. They just won't live in peace with us. We bend over backwards to willingly share what we've toiled so hard for and yet they always want more from us. It's take, take, take. They're always undermining our progress and they think that we should bow down to their every whim. And now they're trying to crash the only source of non-bias news, ideas and communication we have left. And if it's not the Muslims, it's the Negros. This shocking behavior has to stop", said Mr Gold, who went on to ask, "When will someone finally stand up and fight back? When will the suffering end?"

General / Witnesses Change Accounts, Which Could Hurt Zimmerman
« on: May 23, 2012, 10:39:44 AM »

George Zimmerman's self-defense claim could be hurt by his own witnesses, who have changed their accounts since they were interviewed early on in the Trayvon Martin case.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that four witnesses' statements regarding the Feb. 26 shooting changed significantly when they were interviewed a second time in March. The statements are included in the collection of evidence officially released by the State Attorney's Office last week.

Here is an overview of the key changes in their accounts, as reported by the Sentinel.

Witness 2
A young woman who lives in the Retreat at Twin Lakes community, where Trayvon was shot, was interviewed twice by Sanford police and once by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

She told authorities that she had taken out her contact lenses just before the incident. In her first recorded interview with Sanford police four days after the shooting, she told lead Investigator Chris Serino, "I saw two guys running. Couldn't tell you who was in front, who was behind."

She stepped away from her window, and when she looked again, she "saw a fistfight. Just fists. I don't know who was hitting who."

A week later, she added a detail when talking again to Serino: During the chase, the two figures had been 10 feet apart.

That all changed when she was reinterviewed March 20 by an FDLE agent. That time, she recalled catching a glimpse of just one running figure, she told FDLE Investigator John Batchelor, and she heard the person more than saw him.

"I couldn't tell you if it was a man, a woman, a kid, black or white. I couldn't tell you because it was dark and because I didn't have my contacts on or glasses. … I just know I saw a person out there."

Witness 12
A young mother who is also a neighbor in the town-home community never gave a recorded interview to Sanford police, according to prosecution records released last week. She first sat down for an audio-recorded interview with an FDLE agent March 20, more than three weeks after the shooting.

During that session, she said she saw two people on the ground immediately after the shooting and was not sure who was on top, Zimmerman or Trayvon.

"I don't know which one. … All I saw when they were on the ground was dark colors," she said.
Six days later, however, she was sure: It was Zimmerman on top, she told trial prosecutor Bernie de la Rionda during a 21/2-minute recorded session.

"I know after seeing the TV of what's happening, comparing their sizes, I think Zimmerman was definitely on top because of his size," she said.

Witness 6
This witness lived a few feet from where Trayvon and Zimmerman had their fight. On the night of the shooting, he told Serino he saw a black man on top of a lighter-skinned man "just throwing down blows on the guy, MMA-style," a reference to mixed martial arts.

He also said the one calling for help was "the one being beat up," a reference to Zimmerman.
But three weeks later, when he was interviewed by an FDLE agent, the man said he was no longer sure which one called for help.

"I truly can't tell who, after thinking about it, was yelling for help just because it was so dark out on that sidewalk," he said.

He also said he was no longer sure Trayvon was throwing punches. The teenager may have simply been keeping Zimmerman pinned to the ground, he said.

He did not equivocate, though, about who was on top.

"The black guy was on top," he said.

Witness 13
He is important because he talked with Zimmerman and watched the way he behaved immediately after the shooting, before police arrived.

After this neighbor heard gunfire, he went outside and spotted Zimmerman standing there with"blood on the back of his head," he told Sanford police the night of the shooting.

Zimmerman told him that Trayvon "was beating up on me, so I had to shoot him," the witness told Serino. The Neighborhood Watch captain then asked the witness to call his wife, Shellie Zimmerman, and tell her what happened.

In two subsequent interviews about a month later — one with an FDLE investigator and one with de la Rionda — the witness described Zimmerman's demeanor in greater detail, adding that he spoke as if the shooting were no big deal.

Zimmerman's tone, the witness said, was "not like 'I can't believe I just shot someone!' — it was more like, 'Just tell my wife I shot somebody …,' like it was nothing."

Those witnesses are likely to be interviewed at least once more before Zimmerman's trial. Defense attorneys in Florida routinely question witnesses under oath as they prepare for trial.

This week, security video was released showing Trayvon Martin at a Sanford, Fla. 7-Eleven the night he died. The teen purchased a bag of Skittles and an Arizona iced tea, a short time before he was killed.

Zimmerman has been charged with shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the evening of Feb. 26 in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer called 911 and told a police dispatcher that the teen, who was returning from a trip to a nearby convenience store, "looked suspicious."

After an altercation, Zimmerman shot Martin in the chest, subsequently telling local police that he acted in self-defense.

end of article

2012 / $60M fraud against Holocaust survivor fund
« on: April 27, 2012, 10:49:59 AM »
Toronto woman accused in $60M fraud against Holocaust survivor fund

It was a shocking scam spanning more than a decade, to siphon off some $60 million in funds meant for Holocaust survivors worldwide.

An FBI investigation that uncovered the conspiracy to defraud the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany — a non-profit that administers the funds on behalf of the German government — sparked outrage in the international Jewish community.

In the U.S., the investigation led to more than 30 arrests and 22 indictments.

But a tight-knit, Russian Jewish community nestled south of Steeles in the Toronto’s north end seemed oblivious that their neighbour Luba Kramrish could be charged in connection with the fraud.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office alleges that Kramrish provided identification documents in order to make false claims on behalf of 20 to 25 applicants — including her own mother’s — which were then approved by corrupt employees at the Claims Conference offices in Manhattan.

Kramrish’s part in the scheme began in 2002, according to court documents. She allegedly contacted a friend who worked as a caseworker at the Claims Conference — who has since pleaded guilty and is co-operating with the FBI — to ask about her mother’s application to the Article 2 Fund. The fund provides a monthly payout of approximately $400 U.S. to survivors meeting the strict eligibility criteria, including financial need.

Individual applications are processed by caseworkers who verify documents, historical accuracy and personal testimonies of persecution before approving claims.

The caseworker for Kramrish’s mother could not verify her personal persecution history, court documents show. So Kramrish’s friend at the Claims Conference office took the case file “and discovered a way to falsify certain information so that the case would be approved.”

What started then became the alleged criminal plot to continue falsifying claims — fudging dates and histories — while both Kramrish and the employee received a cut of the money.

Multiple witness testimonies obtained by the FBI detail how Kramrish recruited applicants, many elderly Russians, requesting and sometimes demanding thousands of dollars for her services.

In the case of one witness, who falsely believed Kramrish was a lawyer, Kramrish received cheques for $3,500 and $1,500. But it wasn’t enough. She later requested an additional $500, claiming she had “done a lot of work” for the applicant.

Officials with the Claims Conference have deplored the actions of those accused, including 11 of its own employees. Suspicions of wrongdoing were originally brought by the non-profit organization to federal authorities in December 2009.

“We were disgusted to learn that people could sink this low,” said Greg Schneider, executive vice-president of the Claims Conference. “It seems incomprehensible. Defies imagination.”

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara also condemned the fraud on the nature of the victims:
“If ever there was a cause that you would hope and expect would be immune from base greed and criminal fraud, it would be the Claims Conference, which every day assists thousands of poor and elderly victims of Nazi persecution,” he said in a statement in 2010.

“Sadly, those victim funds were themselves victimized.”

The Claims Conference said the scheme has not diminished the funds distributed to survivors through legitimate claims.

Outside Kramrish’s home on Thursday afternoon, her criminal defence lawyer, David Rose, said his client would not be commenting on the U.S. indictment and refused to respond to the case against her.

Since the Hardship and Article 2 funds were approved in 1980 and 1992 respectively, the Claims Conference has administered funds totaling $4 billion to more then 400,000 survivors.

burford comments -

"shocking; outrage; persecution history; deplored; disgusted; incomprehensible; defies imagination; condemned; immune from base greed; poor and elderly victims of Nazi persecution; sadly - funds were victimized; hardship."

Need I say more to express the horror I feel over this victimization?

Well - they did forget to use the words "suffering" and "never again".

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