Our Friends in the North West: The Owen Oyston Affair

[…] and insurance agent Michael Murrin claims that his allegations of corruption at Preston Council prompted Operation Angel, a £25 million inquiry during which the Lancashire Constabulary Commercial Fraud Squad raided the town hall and illegally raided the homes of its leader and deputy leader, Labour councillors Harold Parker and Frank McGrath – both friends […]

David Mills revisited

In 2002, in a class action, an American federal jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs and against a company called Edsaco in a complex securities fraud case. () The case was interesting in two respects. Firstly, the plaintiffs’ plea through their lawyers that Edsaco was in fact ‘a front for organised crime’; secondly, […]

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Stalker, Conspiracy?

[…] to the Sampson report, ‘was a regular informant to the police and other bodies’. The latter turned out to include the RUC on cases involving extortion and fraud organised by the IRA. While a few police officers regarded Burton as ‘a high-grade source’, others portrayed him as a known liar, a ‘Walter Mitty’ character, […]

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Faking it

[…] heads are cheating?’, The Guardian 14 May 2002 and ‘Widespread cheating devalues school tests’, The Guardian 28 October 2002. One head teacher is to be charged with fraud. (The Guardian 9 November 2002). Targets unattainable? Lower the targets! ‘Significant changes are being made to national tests for 14 year-olds to make them more accessible […]

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Parafinance: Enron and drilling for red ink

[…] and court-imposed obligations. BFA was a retirement fund. Its members were swindled out of some $500 million by the fund’s managers. Andersen were the fund’s auditors. The fraud was carried out by establishing various hidden offshore partnerships that were used to hide losses and debts incurred by BFA. Exactly the method used by Enron […]

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Joseph K and the spooky launderette

[…] Eli Lucas, to represent me. She informed me that I had left England ahead of the police in order to avoid arrest, after being involved in major fraud; and that I had lodged the asylum application to avoid the extradition process the British authorities were about to initiate. I told her I had no […]

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Vote-rigging USA

[…] and the computer voting machine being used was a Shouptronic‚ Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machine, supplied by Ransom Shoup, who had been twice convicted of vote fraud in Philadelphia. The DRE machine completely lacked an audit trail‚ an independent record that could be checked in case the machine broke down‚ or its results […]

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The crisis

[…] – some $3.4 billion – went to lobbying. The study finds that in 2007 alone, there were nearly 3,000 registered federal lobbyists working in the financial sector.’(14) Fraud A regulator turned academic, William K. Black, wrote in February on how the FBI had begun warning about an epidemic of mortgage fraud by the sellers […]

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The Pentagon’s Psychic Research

[…] to the Department of Defense and the Science Foundation, and Gerry Shore, both of whom were amateur magicians. Their evaluation were negative and Geller was accused of fraud and using magic tricks. Their evaluation was deliberately flawed. For example, instead of blindfolding Geller, as SRI had always done when asked to telepathically identify drawings, […]

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Updates

Election fraud Further to ‘How to fix an Election’ in Lobster 43, more news on the gentle art of perfuming a skunk. First Pick Your Voters Some strong contenders here. But first out of the hat is the Labour Party for performance during the all-postal voting experiments that were tried across the country in […]

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