Crooks again

Angolagate — Arcadi Gaydamak.

… Business tycoon Arcadi Gaydamak …. has also been embroiled in an investigation against him for alleged fraud and money-laundering through Bank Hapoalim. …
…. Gaydamak left France after many years, after an international arrest warrant was issued for him in connection with Angolagate, an arms-dealing scandal. He is wanted on two charges; illegal arms dealing with Angola, and tax evasion. France has unsuccessfully attempted to obtain his extradition from Israel, but this has been declined by the Israeli judiciary on the grounds that the factual allegations could not be considered as an offense under the laws of the extraditing country (in this case, Israel) at the time that they were allegedly committed, this being an international prerequisite of extradition, and that other alleged offenses, such as fiscal ones, are not extraditable by nature. …
… The billionaire reportedly is hoping that having Russian citizenship will make it difficult to extradite him to France, depending on a March 4 verdict in a French court over an arms-dealing affair.
Gaydamak is accused of illegally organizing the sale of Russian arms to Angola from 1993 to 2000 for $791 million. …

Israeli Corruption is ‘”none of Diaspora’s business”.

Corruption scandals are “none of Diaspora Jewry’s business,” Israel’s prime minister ranted during discussion of a report assessing Israel’s and the Jewish peoples’ situation.


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  1. worzzz Says:

    Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Money managers Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh said they outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index for a decade, while prosecutors and regulators claim they misappropriated $554 million from investors …

  2. worzzz Says:

    A string of corruption suspicions involving Israel’s Prime Minister Olmert.

    … Of the various allegations against Olmert, the most detailed have come Talansky, a New York businessman who testified in an Israeli court that he handed envelopes stuffed with tens of thousands of dollars to Olmert before he became prime minister, in part to help finance a luxurious lifestyle of expensive hotels and fat cigars.

    Olmert is also suspected of having double-billed trips abroad, pocketing the difference or financing trips for relatives. Other allegations include a shady real estate deal and questionable political appointments, all before he became premier following Ariel Sharon’s debiliating stroke in January 2006. …

  3. worzzz Says:

    California is suing a prominent Jewish philanthropist for being one of the primary conduits to Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

    … For decades, Stanley Chais posed as an investment wizard, but in truth he was nothing more than a Madoff middleman, channeling hundreds of millions of dollars in investor funds to his friend’s Ponzi scheme,” …

  4. worzzz Says:

    [B]Olmert’s Trial to Begin Friday[/B]

    … Olmert will be tried for allegedly double-billing for trips, and using the money he took to fund private travel. He will also be tried for allegedly receiving illegal cash donations, and for allegedly acting to promote a friend’s interests during his term as Minister of Industry and Trade. …

  5. worzzz Says:

    Billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak indicted for fraud, money laundering .

    Russian businessman, several top executives of Bank Hapolaim subsidiary suspected of perpetrating fraud, money laundering amounting to NIS 650M. Gaydamak announces will show up for court in Israel ‘to show indictment is baseless’. … The indictment, which also named several banking officials, was filed with the Tel Aviv District Court. …,7340,L-3783959,00.html

  6. worzzz Says:

    SEC Faults GOP Fund-Raiser.

    A venture capitalist and major Republican fund-raiser under scrutiny in a pay-to-play pension-fund scandal has failed to comply with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation.

    Mr. Broidy, 49 years old, is chairman of Markstone Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based firm that manages an $800 million private-equity fund focused on investments in Israeli companies.

  7. worzzz Says:

    Likud figure picked up for money laundering linked to int’l drug ring.

    The Ramle Magistrate Court released Benny Tabin to seven days house arrest yesterday. Tabin is suspected of money laundering, as part of a broader investigation into an Israeli organization involved in drug deals worth tens of millions of dollars, which is believed to have been carried out over many years. …

    Tabin had been a key figure in the Likud party during the past two decades, and is considered to have had very close ties with business figures like David Appel and Shlomi Oz, who were closely linked to Likud leaders – especially Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert. Both businessmen had run-ins with the law and were investigated On suspicion of wrongdoing. ….

    The key figure in the drug affair, and who police believe is at the head of the organization, is Yaakov Chachashvilli, an Israeli who has lived in recently in Estonia. Police believe that he had set up a network that trafficked in various types of drugs, including ecstasy, heroin and cocaine, from Japan to other countries in the world. …

  8. worzzz Says:

    War brings business to (Senator) Feinstein spouse.

    (Snip) Blum’s firms win multimillion-dollar defense contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan

    When it comes to scoring mega-military-related contracts, Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s multimillionaire husband, Richard Blum, is right in the thick of things. …

    (Snip) As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her husband’s firms ….


    Feinstein voted for the Iraq war and supports attacking Iran

  9. worzzz Says:

    Rabbi suspect of multi-million shekel fraud.

    Noted ultra-Orthodox persona Rabbi Yosef Schneider suspected of swindling aspiring inventors seeking assistance of Israeli Center for Inventors, defrauding business partner

    Rabbi Yosef Schneider, founder of the Israeli Center for Inventors and a renowned figure in the ultra-Orthodox community, was arrested on suspicion of fraud Tuesday. …..,7340,L-3789574,00.html

    (Snip): Uri Blau’s investigative report in Haaretz Magazine last weekend shows that Barak transferred his shares in the company bearing his name to his three daughters after returning to the cabinet, while millions of shekels have continued to flow into the firm from his previous dealings while he serves as defense minister. …

  10. worzzz Says:

    Oligarch investor in Sibir moves to Israel

    Chalva Tchigirinski, the beleaguered Russian tycoon who is being sued for alleged improper use of funds belonging to the London-listed oil company Sibir Energy and whose Russian companies are being investigated for supposed tax violations, has moved to Israel, ….


    Barak slammed over travel expenses.

    The Israeli government paid NIS 527,000 (EU 96,000) in hotel costs for Defense Minister Ehud Barak and an entourage of 15 people, including his wife, for a four-night stay at the Intercontinental Hotel in Paris while attending the Paris Air Salon in June, ….

  11. worzzz Says:

    Madoff victims sue SEC for ‘negligence’.

    … “Now it is time for the SEC to be held accountable and for the federal government to do what the law says it must do: compensate the victims for its negligence.”

    And when the SEC loses, the fines will be paid by … the taxpayers!


    I love my country –


    Evicted Palestinian family keeps watch near home taken by settlers.

    “I told them we have ownership papers. They said they didn’t want to see them. They said, ‘it’s not your house, it’s our house. They put a gun to my brother’s back and said for him to leave the house. He is just 10 years old,” she said.

    “They broke everything in the house, the television, everything,” she recalled. “They went to the refrigerator and ate the food. They took my brother’s football and started playing with it in the yard. They said, you are Palestinians and we can do what we want with you.”


    “Wiped Off The Map” – The Rumor of the Century.

    So what did Ahmadinejad actually say? To quote his exact words in farsi:

    “The Imam said this regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”.


    Zionism: The Dead End of the Oppressor.

    Zionism is the ideology that dispossessed the Palestinians of their traditional territory. It is the ideology that nuclearized the Middle East. It is the ideology whose lobby gained inordinate sway over the world superpower through manipulating the US electoral process (former BBC and ITN correspondent Alan Hart says Jewish Americans account for three percent or less of the US population but nearly 50 percent of campaign funds; result: Americans have a choice between two pro-Zionist parties). It is the ideology that foments instability and wars in the Middle East. Perhaps, most importantly, Zionism is an ideology that attacks the heart and soul of justice and humanity. It is an attack that, on some level, affects all people. That is why Zionism must be met head on: to institute genuine justice and restore the humanity of all peoples. …


  12. worzzz Says:

    Israel to extradite 8 men accused of scamming millions from U.S. Seniors. (Snips)

    The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday ruled that Israel will extradite to the United States eight Israelis accused of defrauding U.S. senior citizens of $2 million.

    The defendants, all in their 20s and 30s, allegedly phoned American pensioners, told them they had won the lottery and asked them for a fee of several thousand dollars for the transfer of the prize money, which in fact never existed.

    The ruling will also affect the fate of 11 other Israelis accused of netting tens of millions of dollars from American seniors in a similar scam. ….


    U.S. extends remand of would-be spy for Israel. (Snips)

    Stewart David Nozette, the former NASA scientist who was arrested this week for offering to pass along classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer, appeared in court yesterday for the first time since being taken into custody.

    Nozette waived his right to detention hearings at the U.S. district court in Washington, D.C. until October 29.

    During the hearing yesterday, a State Prosecutor said the allegations would be viewed with utmost severity: “Nozette planned to betray the U.S. and was captured on surveillance trying to convey top secret information to the foreign governments. Due to the potential of causing grave damage to U.S. security, he most likely faces incarceration for the rest of his life.” …


    Lawyer who defrauded Holocaust survivors gets another hearing. (Snips)

    The Supreme Court on Thursday granted Attorney Israel Perry, who was convicted of wide-scale fraud against Holocaust survivors, another appeal hearing.

    Perry was convicted of embezzling hundreds of millions of Deutsche Marks from Holocaust survivors, and was sentenced to a 12-year prison sentence and a $6.1 million fine. The sentence was later reduced on appeal to 10 years ….,7340,L-3793865,00.html


    Holocaust Claims Con.

  13. worzzz Says:

    Israeli mogul jailed in France for gun-running.

    A French court on Tuesday sentenced Israeli-Russian mogul Arcadi Gaydamak, who is also a French citizen, to six years in prison for his role in illegal arms deals in the 1990s.

    Gaydamak was being tried in the affair alongside another 40 suspects, including ministers, government clerks and other well-known public figures in France. ….

    The deal was worth some $791 million dollars, and included 420 tanks, 12 helicopters, a warship and hundreds of thousands of shells and mines. ….

    …. Gaydamak was indicted earlier in October by the Tel Aviv District Court for laundering NIS 650 million and for fraud, in a scandal also involving Bank Hapoalim ….

    …. It was unclear whether Gaydamak will leave Russia in order to serve his prison sentence, as France and Russia do not have an extradition agreement …

  14. worzzz Says:

    Gaydamak unlikely to return to Israel for fear of France extradition.


    Arrest warrant issued for alleged Ponzi schemer. October 28, 2009.

    SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — An arrest warrant was issued for a Jewish South African businessman who is alleged to have duped investors in a Ponzi scheme.

    Barry Tannenbaum is alleged to have defrauded investors out of $1.61 billion. …

  15. worzzz Says:

    We’re all Gaydamak. (Snips)

    It’s hard to think of anyone more than the fugitive from Moscow who better represents Israelis’ hidden aspirations and the way our country and society operates.

    Gaydamak was sentenced in absentia in Paris to six years in prison for illegal arms trafficking. He made most of his money from the brutal civil wars in Angola and the Congo, where he recruited two former heads of the Mossad and retired officers from the Israel Defense Forces. But it’s not just this dubious Israeli partnership that paints Gaydamak blue and white. Respectable Israel is also a huge weapons exporter, the fourth largest in the world, and sells its wares to anyone who can afford them without any discrimination based on morals or form of government.

    Gaydamak thought he could fool everyone all the time. Israel does too. We drag out the occupation, cover up what happened in Gaza, hide what happened in the Second Lebanon War, build more and more in the settlements, deceive everyone forever. But just as with Gaydamak, it can’t work all the time and doesn’t fool everyone. The world is starting to ask questions and lose its patience. We have already been tried in absentia.

    We fell in love with him immediately. Why? Because he fulfilled what most of us dream of: Making lots of fast money, whatever its source, and showing it off to everybody. A yacht from Angolan blood money, a mansion in Caesarea from his dubious Russian deals.

    Who doesn’t dream about all that? In a country where only power and money talk, Gaydamak was a welcome guest and focus of admiration. We also loved his display of wealth; worshipping the wealthy has long become a ritual. Open the (too) numerous business newspapers and see who the real cultural heroes are, our wealthy lords. Gaydamak was one of them.

    He fulfilled another secret dream of many: He had dual citizenship, Israeli and French. Between you and me, who doesn’t want a second passport? He also won our hearts with his ostentatious demonstrations of charity. A tent city on the banks of the Yarkon River, an instant city for refugees in Nitzanim. Our “give me” culture loved it. It also loves pouring huge sums into sports and its vanities. That’s what Gaydamak did. He bought Beitar Jerusalem and was a king for a moment. ….

    The French court put an end to all that. The dream shattered and the hero who not long ago was mentioned in the polls for prime minister has turned into a fugitive from justice. It seems Israel will also need such outside intervention to be healed and redeemed. Until then, goodbye Arcadi, see you soon Gaydamak, and prepare for the next national hero.

  16. worzzz Says:

    Israel was all too willing to sell out for Gaydamak’s billions. (Snips)

    …. Gaydamak is not the only Jewish tycoon in recent years who tried to change the course of Israeli politics and society by force of his money. Casino owner Sheldon Adelson has poured millions into a new free newspaper, Yisrael Hayom, currently the second-highest circulation paper in the country, with a singular agenda – pushing Benjamin Netanyahu for prime minister and, once there, keeping him in power. Angolan diamond dealer Lev Leviev, by offering free teaching assistants, managed to get secular primary schools around the country to teach a Lubavitch-inspired Orthodox curriculum of Jewish studies. Israelis woke up to the threat Leviev posed to them only recently, when his real estate empire went into free fall. The pensions of millions, which had been recklessly invested in his bonds, are now in jeopardy.

    But it is not just the financial risk, or the still greater PR damage caused to Israel in the years that it harbored a criminal wanted by Interpol; the ease with which these billionaires have been allowed to acquire influence is a sign of a sick society, ready to sell out its values for a fistful of funny money.


    Criminals allegedly tried to hack sports betting computers. (Snips)

    … The aim of the criminal organization in question, which was later identified by the police as the one headed by Ze’ev Rosenstein, was to tap into a database of some 400,000 subscribers to the Toto lottery, which is managed by the Betting Council, and access their names and addresses as they were relayed to the mainframe computer. The program the criminals had prepared would have allowed them to threaten the subscribers or obtain their winnings by other means. …

    The Betting Council says that over the past three years, there have been at least four instances in which individuals won large sums of money that were then taken by criminals who are well known to police. …


    UN report: Israeli company dealing in ‘blood diamonds’ from Ivory Coast. (Snips)

    …. Blood diamonds are stones whose trade supports rebels in civil wars against legal governments, wars whose victims are hapless civilians. Israel is a senior member of the Kimberly Process, meant to eliminate the trade in blood diamonds, which flourished in Africa in the 1990s. Since the Kimberly Process was instituted, each diamond now receives a document attesting to its legitimate origin. Nonetheless, the process has not completely eliminated trade in blood diamonds, which account for about four percent of world diamond sales. …


    U.S. court: Would-be Israel spy to remain in jail before trial.

    …. A judge on Thursday ordered a U.S. space exploration scientist suspected of passing classified information to an FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer to stay behind bars. …

  17. worzzz Says:

    Ethics Committee looked into Harman flap.

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee reportedly subpoenaed law enforcement agencies for intercepted communications between U.S. Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) and a suspected “Israeli agent.” ….

    The “agent” allegedly agreed to help Harman secure her continued leadership on the Intelligence Committee …

  18. worzzz Says:

    Aussie businessman accused of fraud flees home. — November 11, 2009

    SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — A Jewish businessman accused of defrauding investors of $1.7 billion reportedly has left his home in Sydney fearing for his safety.

    South African-born Barry Tannenbaum has “relocated to what he perceives to be a safer location,” …

  19. worzzz Says:

    Man who made billions off Madoff scheme wills fortune to (Zionist?) charity.

  20. worzzz Says:

    Rubashkin convicted on 86 charges. November 12, 2009

    (JTA) — A jury convicted Sholom Rubashkin, the former owner of an Iowa kosher slaughterhouse, of 86 out of 91 fraud charges.

    The 12-person jury decision on Thursday in Sioux Falls, S.D. likely means that Rubashkin, 50, will spend the rest of his life in prison; ….

  21. worzzz Says:

    Israelis in Florida fall victim to fraud scheme

    Jewish lawyer Scott Rothstein suspected of running Ponzi scheme to tune of $1 billion.,7340,L-3808097,00.html

  22. worzzz Says:

    G.A.’s Savior Is the Russian Oligarch ‘Who Got Away’.

    … Nevzlin, 50, erasing his past as a Russian oligarch who just narrowly escaped jail, convicted in absentia last year in a Moscow courtroom to life in prison for ordering the murder of five people. A recent article about him in Forbes magazine — which estimated his wealth in 2004 to be $2 billion — was headlined, “The One Who Got Away.”

    Israel, which has refused repeated attempts to extradite him to Russia ….

    Now, with a very visible onstage handshake with the Israeli prime minister and a visit with President Obama at the White House as one of 50 invited guests during the G.A., Nevzlin is effectively positioning himself to become a philanthropic force in the United States, as well. …


    Merkin Seen as Enabler for Madoff

    J. Ezra Merkin, the scion of a prominent family known for its generous support of Modern Orthodoxy, has emerged as a key link between a constellation of Orthodox institutions and Bernard Madoff, the Jewish financier now under house arrest for masterminding an alleged $50 billion fraud. …


    Solomon Dwek: The Rabbi’s Son at the Center of the Corruption Probe.

    No one could have predicted Solomon Dwek’s spectacular second act. Dwek, the son of a prominent Syrian rabbi, was disgraced in 2006 after bouncing a check for $25 million. He was charged with bank fraud and forced into bankruptcy after his real-estate business went bust. …

  23. worzzz Says:

    Israelis prominent in online illegal drug sales. (Snips)

    Israelis and former Israelis are behind many of the world’s Internet sites that sell counterfeit or other illegal drugs involved in pharmaceutical crimes, providing useless or dangerous products to people who think they are getting the real thing. ….

    Illegal factories abroad and in Israel almost always function in very unsanitary conditions …

  24. worzzz Says:

    Israeli Pharmaceutical Trade Violations. (Snips)

    …. “During US Israel FTA negotiations in 1984 the Israeli government, along with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) obtained a classified 300 page document containing trade secrets, market share, product logistics and other industrial intellectual property submitted by seventy-six US companies opposed to the treaty with Israel. …

    Documents Reveal AIPAC Trade Secrets Leak Leading to $71 Billion Export Loss.

  25. worzzz Says:

    Pension executive pleads guilty in New York corruption case.

    Elliott Broidy, chairman of L.A.-based Markstone Capital, admits to bribing state officials to win business. He agrees to forfeit $18 million and faces up to four years in prison. ….,0,1900669.story

    … Broidy and his wife, Robin, a former vice president of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International, have also made significant donations to a variety of Jewish philanthropies. …

  26. worzzz Says:

    Markstone fraud puts legitimacy of Israel funds into question.

    When back in 2004 Elliott Broidy, Ron Lubash and Amir Kess announced that they’d raised $800 million for Markstone, a private equity fund they’d founded exclusively to invest in Israel, jaws dropped. …

    …. Broidy simply bribed four string-pullers at the Office of the New York State Comptroller, in order to obtain the quarter-billion dollars from the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Following Broidy’s success in “persuading” the New York pension fund to invest, others came on board, too. ….


    Israeli who volunteered for politicians allegedly murdered 8 people.


  27. worzzz Says:

    Medicare Scams: 94 Charged In Schemes Totaling $251 MILLION.

    MIAMI — Elderly Russian immigrants lined up to take kickbacks from the backroom of a Brooklyn clinic. Claims flooded in from Miami for HIV treatments that never occurred. One professional patient was named in nearly 4,000 false Medicare claims. ….

    Officials said they chose Miami because it is ground zero for Medicare fraud, generating roughly $3 billion a year. …

    More than 3,744 claims were submitted on behalf of one woman alone, 82-year-old Valentina Mushinskaya …

    … The so-called “kickback” room had a poster on the wall resembling Soviet-era propaganda, showing a woman with a finger to her lips and two messages in Russian: “Don’t Gossip” and “Be on the lookout: In these days, the walls talk.” …–98611629.html

  28. worzzz Says:

    Ed Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s Future In-Law, Is An Ex-Con.

    Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former U.S. Congressman and a convicted defrauder Ed Mezvinsky, will marry Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Ed Mezvinsky’s criminal past re-surfaced today, as the news of his son’s engagement to Chelsea Clinton broke.

    Mezvinsky served a prison term after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud in 2002. He was released last year after spending 80 months in prison. Mezvinsky was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder later in life, but was not allowed mental illness defense during his trial.

    The seventy-two-year-old Mezvinsky served in U.S. Congress until 1976. He than worked for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights until 1979. In subsequent years, Mezvinsky ran for positions of the U.S. Senator, the State Attorney General, and the Lieutenant Govenor, but was unsuccessful at running for either position.

    It is alleged Ed Mezvinsky pioneered the Nigerian Money Scam.

    The groom’s mother, congress woman Marjorie Margolies …

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