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2005 Sep 2
Provisional results indicated that Ethiopia's ruling party won all 31 seats being contested in repeat elections following fraud allegations.
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2005 Sep 6
Lars Erik Petersson, former chief executive of Sweden's largest insurer, Skandia, was charged with fraud for allegedly handing out large bonuses to other executives without board approval.
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2005 Sep 7
Egyptians voted in the country's first-ever contested presidential election, but charges of fraud and a big boycott rally marred balloting that longtime leader Hosni Mubarak portrayed as a major democratic reform.
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2005 Sep 22
A Russian court rejected Mikhail Khodorkovsky's appeal of his conviction on fraud and tax evasion charges, but reduced the oil tycoon's prison sentence from 9 years to 8.
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2005 Oct 2
Afghan election officials said ballot boxes from about 4% of the country’s 26,000 polling stations were set aside for investigation on suspicion of fraud.
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2005 Oct 10
Refco Inc., a futures trading company that went public August 11, ousted CEO Phillip Bennett after discovering that a firm he controlled owed Refco $430 million. Bennett repaid the cash the same day. Bennett was arrested the next day and charged with securities fraud on Oct 12. Refco field for bankruptcy on Oct 17.
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2005 Oct 16
Afghanistan's election authority announced final results for two of the country's 34 provinces as hundreds of protestors blocked roads in two key cities alleging fraud in the count. Officials said election authorities have fired about 50 employees for suspected fraud in last month's legislative polls. About 3% of votes, have been taken out of the counting process because of suspicions that they were stuffed.
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2005 Oct 28
An Italian court held the first in a series of closed-door hearings to decide whether to indict Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 13 others for alleged fraud at his family's broadcaster Mediaset.
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2005 Nov 2
In California authorities arrested Jeanson James Ancheta (20) for conspiracy to cause damage to a computer, accessing a computer to conduct fraud and money laundering among other charges. He had used robot viruses to commandeer machines to “disseminate spam, hawk fake goods, and send “phishing” emails to steal bank and other personal information.” Ancheta faced a maximum of 50 years in prison.
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2005 Nov 9
SF reached an out of court settlement in a fraud lawsuit against City Tow for $5.7 million. The Anaheim-based parent company, Pick Your Part, admitted no wrongdoing and will split the payment between SF and the state of California.
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2005 Nov 10
In Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a former finance minister and Harvard graduate, edged closer to becoming Africa's first elected female leader, while her soccer star opponent alleged fraud in the presidential runoff. With 80% of votes counted, Johnson-Sirleaf had 58% and her opponent, George Weah, had 42%.
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2005 Nov 12
The results of Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections in September were finalized after eight weeks of counting slowed by allegations of fraud, and observers said supporters of President Hamid Karzai appeared to be in the majority.
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2005 Dec 2
Honduras' ruling party said it had enlisted 300 lawyers to check results of the country's disputed presidential election for evidence of fraud. Officials still hadn't declared Honduras' new president, five days after the country's contentious election.

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2005 Dec 15
Adam Kidan (41), a New York businessman charged with fraud alongside prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the purchase of a Florida casino cruise line, pleaded guilty on to fraud and conspiracy charges.
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2005 Dec 16
Liberian electoral authorities dismissed international soccer star George Weah's claims that fraud had robbed him of victory in a presidential run-off vote last month, but his party vowed to appeal.
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2005 Dec 29
Sunni Arab and secular groups refused to open discussions with the Shiite religious bloc leading in Iraq's parliamentary elections until a full review of the contested results is carried out. An international team agreed to assess Iraq's parliamentary elections, a decision lauded by Sunni Arab and secular Shiite groups who have staged repeated protests around Iraq complaining of widespread fraud and intimidation. Fourteen Shiite men and women were gunned down in an area south of Iraq's capital known as the "triangle of death." A US soldier died in a bomb blast and a Lebanese was kidnapped in Baghdad. A suicide bomber blew himself up next to a police patrol car in Baghdad, killing four policemen and wounding five.
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2005 Dec 30
State media said Chinese police have closed 598 Web sites in a crackdown on pornography, but online gambling and fraud are growing.
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2005 Dec 31
Moscow jailed Yevgeny Adamov, Russia's former nuclear minister, on fraud charges after a Swiss court decided to extradite him to Russia instead of the US.
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2005
The US SEC filed civil fraud charges against Ricardo Salinas Pliego and 2 other top executives at TV Azteca for allegedly failing to disclose their involvement in Unefon under a provision of the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley law. Salinas pulled his companies from the NYSE.
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2005
Bayou Hedge Fund, founded by Simon Israel III in 1996, failed. Israel and CFO Daniel Marino pleaded guilty to multiple charges including conspiracy and fraud.
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2005
British billionaire Michael Brown donated about 2.4 million pounds to fund the national election campaign of Britain's Liberal Democrats, the third ranked party's largest ever donation. In 2008 Brown was convicted of fraud and sentenced in his absence to 7 years in jail.
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2006 Jan 31
In Arkansas Tom Coughlin (57), a former Wal-Mart Stores Inc. vice chairman who was a protege of founder Sam Walton, pleaded guilty to fraud and tax charges, admitting that he stole money, gift cards and merchandise from the world's largest retailer.
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2006 Feb 21
It was reported that the Stockholm chapter of the biker gang Hell's Angels is being investigated for fraud after police found 70 percent of members were certified as depressed by the same doctor and were getting state sickness benefits.
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2006 Feb 24
Tennessee stopped issuing driving certificates to illegal immigrants after finding the program invited fraud and bribes.
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2006 Feb 24
In Georgia Judge T. Jackson Bedford Jr. of Fulton County Superior Court issued a bench warrant for Kirk S. Wright (35), a hedge fund manager, for fraud. Wright’s Int’l. Management Associates LLC was suspected of up to $185 million in losses.
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2006 Feb 25
Uganda’s election commission declared that President Yoweri Museveni (62) overwhelmingly won re-election in the first multiparty elections in 25 years. The national electoral commission counted ballots at each polling station and immediately announced the results. Adding up those results, the opposition and local media also produced a total count starkly different from the official total. They suggested that fraud was occurring at a national center where the total vote was tallied. Museveni and his National Resistance Movement dominated state-run radio and television and used state resources to campaign.
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2006 Mar 29
Jack Abramoff, the US lobbyist who spawned a congressional corruption scandal, drew a 6-year prison term in a Florida fraud case.
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2006 Apr 5
Britain’s Serious Fraud Office began criminal proceedings against nine individuals and five companies it alleges fixed the price of two widely prescribed generic drugs sold to the country's free National Health Service (NHS).
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2006 Apr 10
Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling began testifying in his fraud and conspiracy trial in Houston, declaring himself “absolutely innocent.”
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2006 Apr 24
Sanjay Kumar, the former CEO of Computer Associates International Inc., pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and securities fraud charges in a massive accounting scandal at the Long Island-based software company.
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2006 Apr 28
Attorneys for Rush Limbaugh, who had been accused by Florida prosecutors of "doctor shopping" for painkillers, announced a deal under which a single prescription fraud charge against the talk show host would be dismissed after 18 months provided he stayed drug-free and did not violate any laws.
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2006 May 9
Mexican lawmakers handed federal investigators a box of evidence that they claim shows that two of President Vicente Fox's stepsons were involved in fraud and illicit enrichment through real estate deals.
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2006 May 11
Thousands of Egyptian riot police beat pro-democracy activists in Cairo, chasing and dragging them through the streets to break up a demonstration in support of judges who blew the whistle on election fraud.
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2006 May 11
In Kingston, Tenn., deputy Bill Jones and a friend were shot and killed as they served felony warrants alleging aggravated assault. Jones was shot 33 times by two brothers at a rural farmhouse. Leon Houston (47) and his brother, Rocky Houston (46), were accused of shooting Jones and Mike Brown. Court records show the brothers had filed at least 15 federal lawsuits since 1991 against federal and state judges, police officers, clerks, attorneys and companies. Each petition claimed their civil rights were violated while trying to expose government fraud. All were dismissed.
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2006 May 12
South Korean prosecutors indicted disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk on charges of fraud, embezzlement and bioethics violations in a scandal over faked stem cell research that shook the scientific community.
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2006 May 22
A court found the former chief executive and chief financial officer of Dutch retailer Royal Ahold NV guilty of fraud, but ruled the pair will not have to serve prison time.
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2006 May 25
In Texas a jury found former Enron chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling guilty of fraud and conspiracy in the collapse of the energy giant. Mr. Lay died on July 25 and in October a judge vacated the conviction; Skilling was sentenced to 24 years in prison.
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2006 May 30
In South Korea Daewoo Group founder Kim Woo-Choong (69) was sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud and embezzlement relating to the collapse of the firm under 82 billion dollars of debt in one of the world's largest corporate failures. Kim Woo-Choong had admitted to accounting fraud and embezzlement worth over $30 million.
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2006 Jun 17
Mexican authorities in Guadalajara arrested Pedro Castorena, the leader of a far-flung ring that allegedly made and distributed forged immigration and identification documents in the US. Castorena was indicted in Denver last July on charges of conspiracy, fraud, misuse of visas and money laundering.
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2006 Jul 4
A French court convicted respected wine exporter Georges Duboeuf Wines of fraud after one of its wineries mixed a variety of grapes in its Beaujolais.
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2006 Jul 4
Japan initiated new rules that tightened 89 existing laws covering the financial industry. It doubled the maximum jail sentence for fraud to 10 years and gave extra power and broader authority to the Financial Services Agency (FSA).
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2006 Jul 6
Emmanuel "Toto" Constant (49), an elusive former strongman from Haiti, accused of sanctioning rape to silence dissent there in the early 1990s, was arrested in a mortgage fraud scheme on Long Island, NY.
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2006 Jul 13
In Thailand a top court decided to accept a case that accuses PM Thaksin Shinawatra's ruling party and its main rival of electoral fraud.
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2006 Jul 13
The NatWest British bankers David Bermingham, Gary Mulgrew and Giles Darby were extradited to the US for a $20 million fraud linked to the collapsed Enron Corp. Many viewed the March, 2003, US and British extradition treaty as imbalanced and favoring US interests.
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2006 Jul 16
US federal officials arrested David Carruthers in Texas, the British boss of BetonSports, as he changed planes enroute from London to Costa Rica. He was charged the next day, along with 10 others, with conspiracy and fraud related to online gambling.
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2006 Jul
Willie Hofmeyr, head of South Africa’s Special Investigating Unit, said 400,000 civil servants had been identified getting welfare payments to which they were not entitled.
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2006 Aug 1
A Congolese opposition party and former rebel group denounced widespread fraud in the country's historic elections in a protest that heralded a divisive political dispute over the polls.
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2006 Aug 4
The Ukraine Parliament named Viktor Yanukovych prime minister. His fraud-tainted 2004 presidential victory was turned back by the Orange Revolution.
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2006 Aug 5
Mexico's top electoral court rejected a full recount in the disputed presidential election, ordering a 9% partial count instead, angering leftist protesters camped in the capital demanding a new vote-by-vote tally over their fraud allegations.
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2006 Aug 11
In Michigan 3 Palestinian American men from Texas were arrested after buying dozens of cell phones at a Wal-Mart store. They were found with a 1000 cell phones and later charged with federal fraud conspiracy and money laundering. Initial terrorism charges were dropped.
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2006 Aug 11
In SF Ed Jew, operator of a Chinatown flower shop, filed to run as supervisor for District 4. He won a surprise victory in November. In 2007 he faced residency questions and an FBI investigation regarding money accepted from a businessmen facing permit problems. On January 10, 2008 he resigned from the Board of Supervisors. Jew had been accused of violating the city charter by not living in the district he represented. On November 6, 2007, federal prosecutors obtained a grand jury indictment of Jew on five felony bribery, fraud and extortion charges, accusing him of running a scheme to shake down Sunset District businesses for $84,000 in bribes. His trial on federal charges was slated to being in July 2008.
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2006 Aug 18
Raymond Payne, a former HSBC Bank USA vice president, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to a conspiracy charge over his role in a $30 million telemarketing fraud targeting low-income people with poor credit histories. Prosecutors said First Choice, run by Canadian co-defendants Stephen Clark and Leslie Pinsky, extracted $30 million from people, and transferred the money to the HSBC account. In 2007 Clark was sentenced just over 11 years in prison.
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2006 Aug 25
Zhao Yan (44), a Chinese researcher for The New York Times who has been detained since 2004, was cleared of charges of revealing state secrets but convicted of fraud and sentenced to three years in prison. Xinhua News said communities in southeastern China are straining to resettle more than 15 million people left homeless by four devastating typhoons in recent months. A moderate earthquake jolted southwest China, killing two people.
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2006 Aug 25
In SF former Ukrainian PM Pavlo Lazarenko (53) was sentenced to nine years in federal prison for money laundering, wire fraud and extortion. The sentence, which also included $10 million in fines, was half of the maximum sought by prosecutors. In March, he was elected to a regional parliament office in Ukraine.
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2006 Aug 25
The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that Richard Scrushy, the fired CEO of HealthSouth Corp., must repay $47.8 million in bonuses he received during a massive financial fraud at the medical services chain.
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2006 Aug 28
Mexico’s top electoral court announced that a partial recount found no widespread evidence of fraud.
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2006 Aug 31
In California Tony J. Daniloo (32) of Turlock was indicted on 122 charges of fraud and money laundering for allegedly embezzling $7 million from homeowners in the East Bay and the Central Valley.
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2006 Sep 6
In Chicago George Ryan (72), former Illinois governor, was sentenced to 6˝ years in prison for offenses including racketeering, conspiracy and fraud.
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2006 Sep 27
Jacob "Kobi" Alexander, the former chief and founder of Comverse Technology Inc., was arrested in Namibia, where he awaited extradition to the US to face criminal fraud charges related to stock options. Alexander had recently transferred tens of millions of dollars to Namibia. He was released after 6 days on $1.4 million bail.
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2006 Sep 28
It was reported that US federal and state authorities were investigating a mortgage fraud in Virginia that involved loans totaling about $80 million.
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