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AP/Manu Fernandez

‘Robbed of Their Right to Die in Peace’

A picture of betrayed trust emerges in reports of the bank theft of the last group of Spaniards who seem to have any money—hundreds of thousands of elderly pensioners.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE



gpoo (CC BY 2.0)

Think Your Money Is Safe in an Insured Bank Account? Think Again

An international trend to shift responsibility for bank losses onto blameless depositors lets banks take and gamble away your money.

Posted on Jul 5, 2013 READ MORE



Flickr / MoneyBlogNewz

Cha-Ching! ‘Visa Tax’ Brings $8 Billion in Fees to Just 10 Banks

Everyone knows you have to pay a municipal sales tax on your purchases, but what about a corporate Visa tax that’s levied by credit card companies?

Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE


painting
bbc.co.uk

Five Famous Paintings Swiped in Paris Museum Heist

Somehow, a lone art bandit—or a band of bandits—managed to pull off an impressive five-finger-discount maneuver at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris on Wednesday night, making off with five masterpieces worth a grand total of close to 100 million euros. Sacré bleu!

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE


Auschwitz sign
Wikimedia Commons / Logaritmo

Three Jailed for Auschwitz Sign Heist

Stealing the infamous “Work Sets You Free” sign from Auschwitz has landed three men in the slammer. On Thursday, a Polish court in Krakow doled out relatively short prison sentences to the trio, who admitted to the crime and thus skipped a trial. (continued)

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / liz_com1981

Stolen Auschwitz Sign Found in Pieces

“Arbeit macht frei.” Work makes you free. Those three German words sat over the entrance to the Auschwitz concentration camp in southern Poland for the better part of a century until the 16-foot, 90-pound sign went missing Friday. Police found it in northern Poland on Sunday, cut into three pieces. Five men were arrested.

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 READ MORE


Warhol paintings
latimesblogs.latimes.com

Warhol Portraits Stolen From L.A. Home

A series of silk-screen paintings, made by Andy Warhol and mainly depicting ’70s-era athletes such as Dorothy Hamill and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has allegedly been stolen from collector Richard L. Weisman’s home on Los Angeles’ Westside.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


De Niro Sr.
AP photo / Michel Spingler

Art Dealer Nabbed in $88 Million Swindle

It appears to be game over for Manhattan art dealer and gallery owner Lawrence Salander, who was arrested Thursday morning and accused of stealing $88 million from various art world players, institutions and investors, including tennis champ John McEnroe. Actor Robert De Niro, pictured above next to an image of his artist-father, is accusing Salander of stealing 12 of the senior De Niro’s paintings.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE



Hollywood Battles Swedish Pirates

The founders of The Pirate Bay, one of the biggest names in file sharing, face up to two years in a hard-core Swedish prison if they can’t convince a judge that their unfortunately named Web site isn’t legally responsible for 115 million kronor worth of media piracy.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE


UN Aid
Maan Images / Hatem Omar

Halt! Who Goes There? Well, Not Aid

Be it a political gamble or a mix-up of epic proportions, Hamas is being accused of stealing humanitarian aid from U.N. trucks in the Gaza Strip. Due to the thefts, officials say, aid has stopped flowing into the battle-torn territory, where half the population depends on the U.N. shipments for food.

Posted on Feb 6, 2009 READ MORE


Diebold
firesigntheatre.com

Diebold Employee Alleges Shenanigans

A Diebold whistle-blower has cited a mysterious patch that possibly swung the 2002 Georgia election as evidence that the company can’t be trusted.  Days before the vote, Democrats in both the Senate and governor’s race were ahead in the polls by 5% and 11%, respectively, only to lose by a narrow margin on election day.  (h/t: Engadget)

Posted on Sep 24, 2006 READ MORE


Bully screenshot
From Rockstar Games

Unleash Your Inner Bully

Rockstar Games, the company that created the ultra-violent, ultra-popular Grand Theft Auto titles, brings you Bully, in which the central character either punishes or sticks up for the little guys in school. Some are worried it’s a “Columbine simulator,” but those fears appear to be unfounded.

Posted on Aug 10, 2006 READ MORE


Cola Wars
digitalpicturesoncd.com

The ‘Cola Wars’ Just Got Fun Again

This tale of corporate theft is too good to miss: Insiders at Coca-Cola got nabbed in a sting operation when they tried to sell trade secrets about a new soft drink to the folks at Pepsi.

Posted on Jul 5, 2006 READ MORE


Former Top Bush Aide Accused of Refund Scam

The president’s former top domestic policy aide allegedly tried to swindle Target and Hecht’s stores out of more than $5,000. He resigned last month, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family. (In some parts of the world, that’s called a lie.)
This is the guy LA Weekly called “a notorious homophobe, a ferocious enemy of abortion and an opponent of safe-sex education.”

Posted on Mar 12, 2006 READ MORE


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