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August 19, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
It was Lyndon Johnson who best understood that the key to political empowerment for the disenfranchised was to give them access to the electoral process. That's why he made passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 his top priority. But it's doubtful he would think too kindly of a measure we might call the Rich Persons and Corporations Empowerment Act of 2012. During this election season, Californians undoubtedly will be hearing about it on TV and radio until their eardrums bleed.
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
A San Francisco man pleaded guilty to a single count of securities fraud Monday related to the 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment by Walt Disney Co, federal authorities said.  The announcement by the U.S. attorney's office for the Central District of California caps the criminal case against Toby G. Scammell, a Bay Area man who had been accused of insider trading. A civil action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began with an insider trading charge in 2011; a judgment was issued in that case last month.    The SEC ordered Scammell to disgorge his trading profits and pay interest and civil penalties totaling $800,985.
September 17, 1991 | Associated Press
Abbes Tehami of Algeria was an easy winner of the Brussels marathon Sunday--until someone wondered where his mustache had gone. The mustache, it turns out, belonged to Tehami's coach, Bensalem Hamiani. Hamiani ran the first 7 1/2 miles of the race, then dropped out of the lead pack and disappeared into the woods, passing bib No. 62 on to Tehami. Tehami then crossed the finish line first, after a burst of speed in the last mile.
April 20, 2014 | By Donie Vanitzian
Question: Our homeowner association's president explained to our board how the budget process actually works. She said: "You start by working out how much you can get out of the homeowners, then you go to the Budget and Reserve Study to figure out how to get that result. The reserve study company will work with us by doing a couple of go-arounds to get us to the result we want. " Am I being naive to think the job of a reserve study company is to come up with realistic numbers, instead of numbers that fit the board's agenda?
January 11, 2009
Regarding the story "Dropping the (crystal) ball: This crisis duped them all," Dec. 31: So the masters of the universe are exposed as fools or frauds. No surprise. This is the quality of leadership that inevitably seeps to the top in the type of parasitic superstructure that currently misguides or economy. Gilbert Dewart Pasadena -- I find it hard to believe that these most knowledgeable icons of the industry were so overwhelmed with incontestable facts that they had absolutely no idea what was coming.
When the holy water flows over a child's head in baptism, it is believed that all sins are washed away. For devout Catholics like Guadalupe Gutierrez, baptism points to the mystery at the heart of her deep faith, the promise of eternal salvation. Because her grandchildren had not been christened as infants, Gutierrez was desperate to have them baptized and receive Holy Communion in a Catholic Church.
July 9, 2006
KUDOS to The Times for writing about protest songs that won't get played on our corporate-owned radio stations ["Common Dissents," July 2]. But until articles like this stop saying things like "Kerry's failed campaign" nothing can change. George Bush did not win the election, he stole it -- and no amount of news reports assuming his election was legitimate will make it so. Our national elections are frauds; your silence encourages the thieves. WILL RIGBY Shaker Heights Ohio Rigby played drums on Steve Earle's "protest" albums "Jerusalem" and "The Revolution Starts ... Now."
October 27, 1997
I found it most enlightening to see that all the frauds mentioned ("Fraud Problem Is Very Real: It's Insurers' $100-Billion Headache," Sept. 29) were for medical care that needed to be received. It was just that the wrong person, i.e., one not covered by insurance, was receiving the care. It seems to me that this sends a very strong statement that we need universal medical coverage: Medicare for all, paid for by all. JOANNE NAGY Granada Hills
August 16, 1985
One of life's continuing amazements is the discovery that one's deepest, darkest secrets are other people's deepest, darkest secrets, too. The latest example of this phenomenon is the finding by psychologists that 70% of successful Americans consider themselves unworthy frauds who may be unmasked and sent packing at any moment. Two new books describe the syndrome. Dr.
February 27, 1987 | WILLIAM K. KNOEDELSEDER Jr., Times Staff Writer
Backed by a Sheriff's Department special weapons team and local police, investigators for the Los Angeles District Attorney's major frauds unit Thursday searched the Whittier home of a record company president and seized financial documents of his troubled company. The pre-dawn raid at the home of Kimball D. Richards, 30-year-old president and owner of Consolidated Allied Cos., was part of a coordinated operation that searched seven other locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties Thursday.
April 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Robert Rizzo, the former top administrator who oversaw an era of corruption in the small, working-class city of Bell, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Monday on tax fraud charges. For Rizzo, the sentence is likely the first of two prison terms he will be handed this week. He returns to court Wednesday, when he is expected to be sentenced to 10 to 12 years in prison on corruption-related charges. He was also ordered to pay $256,000 in restitution to the federal government.
April 2, 2014 | E. Scott Reckard
Willful and self-assured, Charles H. Keating Jr. strode through a life of outsized public roles -- anti-pornography crusader, luxury hotel developer, political kingmaker -- on his way to becoming one of the nation's most notorious corporate rogues. The harshest spotlight arrived in 1989 when regulators seized his Lincoln Savings & Loan after years of battles. The failure of the Irvine thrift, which had bankrolled Keating's high-rolling investments, cost the government $3.1 billion, then the costliest bank collapse in U.S. history.
March 21, 2014 | Tina Susman and Jerry Hirsch
A federal judge ratified the landmark deal in the criminal prosecution of Toyota Motor Corp. over safety defects in its vehicles, but not without a tongue-lashing about the "reprehensible picture" of corporate misconduct the automaker displayed. "Corporate fraud can kill," Judge William H. Pauley III said Thursday as Christopher P. Reynolds, the chief legal officer of Toyota Motor North America, stood silently before him in a lower Manhattan courtroom. "I sincerely hope that this is not the end but only a beginning to seek to hold those individuals responsible for making these decisions accountable," Pauley said.
March 19, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
In a sharply worded letter released Wednesday,  Mike Lynch, former chief executive of Autonomy, has accused Hewlett-Packard of misleading shareholders about the accounting problems it claimed to have uncovered at the British company it acquired in 2011. HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman announced in November 2012 that the company was taking a $5-billion write-down after a whistle-blower had alerted them to widespread fraud at Autonomy. The company referred the matter to a number of U.S. and British regulatory authorities.
March 13, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Justice Department used faulty statistics to overstate its mortgage-fraud prosecution efforts and ranked mortgage-fraud last in its list of priorities despite public pledges to combat these types of crimes, an internal watchdog said Thursday.  The 52-page report by the Justice Department's inspector general found that for the fiscal years of 2009 through 2011, the federal law enforcement agency's effort to prosecute mortgage fraud...
March 5, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
An Orange County official once convicted of election fraud quietly has been stripped of his authority over the county's Registrar of Voters. Labor leaders had expressed outrage that Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny , who pleaded guilty to election fraud in 1996, was given authority over the department tasked with running elections. Denny will keep administrative and budget oversight of the registrar's department, but Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley will now report directly to County Chief Executive Officer Mike Giancola.
October 19, 1994 | Dana Parsons
On days when I wake up on the right side of the bed, the predicted passage of Proposition 187 hardly fazes me. On those days, its passage seems no more harmful than people voting for Ross Perot for President in 1992. They knew he wouldn't win, but if it made them feel better to blow off some steam in the voting booth, then God bless America. People may know that Proposition 187 will pass, but will it be enacted in any meaningful way?
June 9, 1988 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN
Lawyers have a hard time with the English language. They don't use it very often or very well. Their court appearances are replete with unfamiliar jargon and Latin doublespeak. As a result, even the most common legal terms are widely misunderstood. Some lawyers probably like it that way. At the risk of annoying them, here are a few legal terms--some obvious, some obscure--with my everyday easy-to-understand definition.
March 5, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Halliburton Co. and other U.S. corporations urged the Supreme Court to reverse a 26-year-old ruling that triggered an avalanche of class-action lawsuits by investors in publicly traded companies. But based on justices' comments Wednesday, it appeared they would fall at least one vote short of a major victory. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy explored the idea of a "midway" ruling that would make it slightly harder, but not impossible, to bring such suits.
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