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Heiress to Nina Ricci fortune avoids jail for tax fraud

Paris - A French appeals court ruled Friday that the heiress to the estate of fashion designer Nina Ricci will not serve jail time over her conviction for tax fraud, reducing an earlier sentence.

Police: Woman tampered with baby formula, returned it for refund

Tucson - Police allege an Arizona woman purchased or stole baby formula, replaced the contents with other substances such as flour and sugar and then returned the containers to stores and obtained refunds. At least one baby became ill from the tampered product.

India's new property law seeks to protect home buyers

Surajpur - In 2010, Neena Nagpal and her husband spent their life savings on a flat outside Delhi that was never built. Now, a new law seeks to protect thousands of home buyers like her from unscrupulous property developers.

Argentina ex-leader Kirchner charged with fraud

Buenos Aires - The corruption cases against Argentina's ex-president Cristina Kirchner kept piling up Tuesday as she was charged with money laundering, her fourth set of criminal charges in a year.

Toronto psychic charged with pretending to practise witchcraft

Toronto - In what would otherwise be an ordinary case of fraud, Toronto police have charged a 37-year-old man with pretending to practise witchcraft. It is alleged he received $101,000 from another man to remove an evil spirit.

State of Iowa sues maker of 'drinkable sunscreen' alleging fraud

Denver - Iowa's Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against an Evergreen, Colorado company that is selling what it claims is "drinkable Sunscreen."

Self-proclaimed 'King of Germany' jailed for fraud

Berlin - A German court on Wednesday sentenced Peter Fitzek, the self-declared "King of Germany", to jail for setting up an illegal bank and embezzling up 1.3 million euros of deposits.

Spanish 'mini-Madoff' sentenced to 13 years

Madrid - A Spanish man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in jail for running a pyramid scheme that swindled 350 million euros ($372 million) from over 180,000 investors in Europe, the United States and Latin America.

Swedish court jails mother and sons over fake mental disability

Stockholm - A Swedish court on Wednesday jailed a woman and her two adult sons for fraud after the elder brother pretended to be mentally disabled for more than a decade to receive social benefits.

Brazen phone scammers terrorise Bulgaria's elderly

Bulgaria - From impersonating police to threatening to hurt loved ones, brazen Bulgarian gangs terrorise the elderly and rob them of their life savings with increasingly aggressive phone scams netting millions of euros.

'World's cheapest smartphone' maker arrested on fraud charges

The owner of Indian smartphone company Ringing Bells has been arrested on allegations of fraud and making death threats against customers. Ringing Bells made the headlines last year with its promise of a $4 smartphone to ignite India's mobile revolution.

Italy hospital staff held over mass absenteeism scam

Rome - Nearly 100 staff at a hospital in southern Italy have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis, police said Friday.

Ex-fugitive Israeli fraudster sentenced to 30 months

Washington - Former Israeli fugitive Jacob "Kobi" Alexander was finally sentenced to prison for securities fraud dating from the last century, ending a decade-long saga, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Ex-IMF chief Rato handed 4.5 years in jail for embezzlement

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks.

Ex-IMF chief Rato handed 4.5 years in jail for embezzlement

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks.

Ex-IMF chief Rato handed 4.5 years in jail for embezzlement

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail sentence of four years and six months Thursday for misusing funds when he was the boss of two Spanish banks.

Ex-IMF chief Rato, already in dock, accused of 'tax fraud'

Madrid - Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato stands accused of tax fraud carried out in his native Spain over more than a decade, according to a report Wednesday detailing charges that come atop another ongoing trial for embezzlement.

Trump to create voter fraud commission led by VP Pence

Washington - Donald Trump says he is creating a commission headed by Vice President Mike Pence to investigate what the US leader alleges was massive voter fraud in the 2016 election.

Billionaire French senator barred from office over tax fraud

Paris - One of France's richest men, 91-year-old rightwing senator Serge Dassault, was fined 2 million euros on Thursday for tax fraud and barred from holding elected office for five years.

RCMP warns of new income tax scam

The RCMP is warning Canadians about a new scam that is a twist on a previous one where fraudsters posed as employees of the Canada Revenue Agency. Scammers are now trying to re-victimize people who fell for the original fraud.

Alanis Morissette manager admits he stole $5 million

Los Angeles - The manager of rocker Alanis Morissette has admitted to fleecing the singer of nearly $5 million and falsely claiming the money was used to grow marijuana.

Takata fined $1 billion over exploding airbag scandal

Takata, the Japanese car parts maker, will pay $1 billion in penalties in the United States for concealing defects in its exploding airbags.

US acting as global policeman for financial crimes

Washington - Handing out multibillion-dollar fines right and left to domestic and foreign financial giants, the United States has taken on the role of the unforgiving global cop of the business world.

France blocks extradition of Kazakh oligarch to Russia

Paris - France's highest administrative authority on Friday blocked the extradition of Kazakh opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars.

JPMorgan settles FCPA charges by paying $264 million

After a three-years probe for alleged corruption, fraud and violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) charges, JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay a $264 million total settlement.

French 'tax evasion fighter' jailed for tax fraud

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering.

Verdict due for French ex-minister 'rooted in fraud'

Paris - Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac will on Thursday learn the verdict in his stormy tax fraud trial in which he was accused of hiding millions abroad while leading a crackdown on tax dodgers at home.

Andorra ends banking secrecy

Andorra La Vella - Andorran lawmakers have agreed to end banking secrecy in the Pyrenees mountains principality once considered a tax haven, approving automatic sharing of information on accounts held by non-residents.

Trump settles Trump University lawsuits for $25 mn

New York - US President-elect Donald Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle lawsuits accusing his now-defunct Trump University of fraud, sparing him the embarrassment of further legal wrangling as he prepares to enter the White House.

Mexican official seeks tax fraud probe against Trump

Mexico - A Mexican official pressed the authorities Friday to investigate whether US presidential candidate Donald Trump committed tax fraud in a failed condominium project in Tijuana.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - bottom part.
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A screengrab of an e-mail from Robin Dyer of the Bermuda Police - top part.
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