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April 1, 2010 | By Catherine Saillant
Residents of Fillmore followed their usual rhythms this week, gathering at the local Starbucks to hash out recent events as giant farm tractors and motorists rolled by on nearby California 126. Talk turned to Pete Egedi, the town's former fire chief, who has been under a cloud since he was accused two years ago of embezzling tens of thousands of city dollars. The latest news about Egedi is like a black eye on City Hall that won't go away, residents say. During a recent court hearing in Ventura, prosecutors alleged that Egedi tapped a city account to write at least $27,000 in checks to himself and his wife, buying a flat-screen TV among other things.
March 27, 2010 | By John M. Glionna
When corporate ethics activist Kim Gun-ho heard that convicted tax evader Lee Kun-hee had returned as chairman of Samsung Electronics, he winced and thought: "Here we go again." And who could blame him? In recent years, executives at some of South Korea's top companies have been convicted of crimes such as accounting fraud, embezzlement and breach of duty. Their sentences reduced, many have returned to their jobs. Some never left them. "Most of the chairmen at the 10 biggest companies are convicts," said Kim, a senior official at the Citizens' Coalition for Economic Justice, which has lobbied for more accountability from South Korean companies.
March 25, 2010 | By Richard Fausset
Richard Jackson was walking past the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's handsome $3-million headquarters this month, just blocks from the grave of its first president, Martin Luther King Jr. Jackson, an aspiring rap producer, hadn't heard about the outbreak of scandal and infighting rocking the storied civil rights group. But the 32-year-old also confessed, a little sheepishly, that he had trouble recalling their story at all: "Who are they, exactly?" he said. Such is the plight of the modern-day SCLC.
March 15, 2010 | By Nathaniel Popper
In the current wave of failures of federally insured banks, none occurred in New York City until late last week, when two small Manhattan financial institutions went under, with each collapse notable in its own way. The chief executive of Park Avenue Bank, which was seized by regulators Friday, was arrested Monday, charged with embezzlement, bribery and fraud, including lying in an application for the Treasury Department's Troubled Asset Relief...
February 16, 2010 | By Bob Pool
On the golf course, a little undercounting is not unheard of as players shave a stroke or two from this hole or that one to make their score more bearable back at the clubhouse. But at the tiny clubhouse in Brentwood, two employees of a golf course operated by the Veterans Affairs Medical Center have made the biggest score of all, authorities say: by undercounting greens fees and concessionaire profits and pocketing thousands of dollars. The two have been fired and are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to theft of government funds from the popular links.
October 27, 2009 | Ju-min Park
Disgraced South Korean cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was found guilty Monday of embezzling from his stem cell research fund and illegally buying human embryos. The Seoul court also ruled that Hwang, 56, who became a national hero after he claimed to be the first to successfully clone human stem cells, had partially fabricated the results of his research. He was given a 2-year sentence that was suspended provided he stayed out of trouble with the law for the next three years. "He feels deeply sorry that this case elicited so much criticism in the scientific field and shocked the public.
August 20, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
A Baptist minister was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of embezzling more than $800,000 from the church he leads in Compton to pay for personal luxuries, including an expensive car and swimming pool, officials said. The Rev. E. Joshua Sims, 47, pastor at Double Rock Baptist Church in Compton, was taken into custody without incident about 9:30 a.m. at his home in Corona, said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Sims' arrest concludes an 11-month sheriff's investigation, Whitmore said.
May 30, 2009 | Bob Pool
A popular golf course at the VA Medical Center in Brentwood has been closed to the public as federal investigators look into suspected embezzlement of greens fees there. The nine-hole, par-3 course -- built for returning World War II veterans by members of the Hillcrest Country Club -- has been open in recent years to others who pay $12 per round to play. But as much as $200,000 in user fees may be missing, according to some who are familiar with the course's operation.
April 23, 2009 | Tony Barboza
He spent more than 40 years in public service, becoming a police chief in Orange County and then serving as mayor of two cities. But late in life, former Garden Grove Police Chief Frank Kessler's fortunes changed in Canyon Lake, a small town near Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, where the 76-year-old was finishing up what would have been his last term as a city councilman.
March 13, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
A 37-year-old woman is being held on suspicion of embezzling more than $850,000 from her employer, authorities said Thursday. Angela Phillips, a personal assistant for a man who is connected to Windsor Capital Group, allegedly deposited checks into a phony account and used company credit cards to fraudulently ring up purchases, said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. She is being held in Santa Barbara Jail in lieu of $850,000 bail. -- -- Catherine Saillant
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