Greetings, Gentle Readers!
As many of you know, we normally post on Fraud Fridays. However, because many of you will be busy this upcoming Friday (despite your urges, please don’t punch that 75-year-old woman who grabbed the last inflatable Baby Jesus right out of your hands at the Big Box store – there will be plenty more blow-up nativity scenes imported from China, I promise), and Wednesday is Dante’s previously unnamed Tenth Circle of Hell, aka Travel Day, that it might be more convenient to post today.
Enjoy stuffing your face, watching football, visiting relatives, & don’t forget to remind your racist uncle that Thanksgiving is a lie. That should make for fun conversation ’round the family holiday table!
- Ghosn, Ghosn, Gone: Nissan Exec Arrested Over Financial Misconduct
You know it’s bad when they *arrest* the Big Guy at a politically-connected multi-billion global corp. – CNN Business
- New, Improved 1MDB Scandal – Now With More Vampire Squid: The 1MDB Scandal Moves Apace So, Goldman Sachs helped Former Malaysian Prime Minister Hajib Razak steal and launder hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars? I’m shocked, shocked I tell you! ACFE Insights Blog
- A Few Billion Shekels Here, A Few Billion Shekels There, & Pretty Soon, We’re Talking About Real Money: Israeli Police Say Minister Should Be Charged With Fraud
“Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there is an ‘evidentiary basis’ that Aryeh Deri committed fraud and breach of trust, as well as millions of shekels in tax offenses and money laundering, and the disruption of court proceedings.
Police have questioned Deri and his wife on suspicion of receiving illicit payments from businessmen. They deny any crimes were committed.
Deri was previously sentenced to three years in prison for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in 2000 during his previous stint as interior minister in the 1990s. He served 22 months in prison but made a political comeback and retook the reins of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party in 2013.” – Associated Press
- To Serve & Protect (Herself): St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Finance Director Arrested for $700,000 Fraud Scheme It never ceases to amaze me that vendor-fraud schemers use readily identifiable names and addresses for their fake vendors. I guess Narcissistic Personality Disorder comes with it’s own built-in weaknesses. WOKV Radio, Jacksonville, FL
- Nothing is Easier to Spend Than Someone Else’s Money: University of Louisville Foundation audit ‘paints disturbing picture’ of excessive spending and attempts to conceal truth
“Under former University of Louisville President James Ramsey, the U of L’s nonprofit foundation depleted the university’s endowment to fund excessive spending on things ranging from compensation to real estate to football tickets, according to special audit released Thursday.And, emails revealed in the audit show Ramsey’s former chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, ‘expressed an interest in concealing’ the foundation’s more-than $20 million in extra compensation from public records and journalists, according to the report.
In 2014, for example, Smith told the foundation’s outside attorney that an obscure name was needed for the foundation’s new subsidiary company that handled deferred compensation – to make it ‘difficult to figure out for (the) media.'” – WDRB TV, Louisville, KY
Music Recommendation: An excellent live album from simply the best singer-songwriter in the business today, along with his crack band. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Live From the Ryman captures a group of musicians at their creative peak, pushing the boundaries of musical genres.