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Jury finds Russian ‘merchant of death’ guilty

A New York jury found a Russian arms dealer, dubbed “the merchant of death,” guilty of conspiring to sell a huge arsenal to US-designated terrorists, in a case that has angered Moscow. Viktor Bout, 44, who was extradited from Thailand to the United States in 2010, was found guilty on…

11 charged in $1 billion U.S. railroad health scam

NEW YORK — Eleven people were charged Thursday in a $1 billion fraud where employees of a busy New York commuter rail service used fake medical diagnoses to boost their incomes with disability payouts. The accused, 10 of whom have already been arrested, included seven retired Long Island Rail Road…

Ex-Goldman director pleads not guilty to securities fraud

NEW YORK — Former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta pleaded not guilty Wednesday to insider trading after giving himself up to the FBI, as the high-flying executive was caught in a growing Wall Street scandal. Indian-born Gupta is accused of leaking information to Sri Lankan-born old friend Raj Rajaratnam, a…

Online gambling site busted in ‘Ponzi scheme’

NEW YORK — International online gambling site Full Tilt Poker stole $440 million from players around the world in a Ponzi scheme used to pay lavish fees to board members, US prosecutors said Tuesday. Full Tilt “defrauded players by misrepresenting that their funds on deposit in online gambling accounts were…

7 charged in US in Taliban plot for weapons, drugs

WASHINGTON – Seven people, including two US citizens, were charged in connection with a plot to aid the Afghan Taliban by sending weapons to the insurgents and moving tons of Afghan heroin through West Africa, officials said Monday. The US Justice Department said the two Americans were charged with conspiracy…

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