Browsing: The Money Scam

‘On Tuesday, Pima County Superior Court in Arizona will hear a case involving a fugitive from justice and the request for extradition to Miami-Dade County, in Florida. The fugitive, a former New York attorney, is a 64-year-old woman named Barbara Stone.

Stone was originally arrested for feeding her mother.

Yes, you read that correctly. Specifically, the 2013 charges against Stone were launched after she took her mother, who was under a guardianship with a “professional guardian” named Jacqueline Hertz, to lunch. Stone had visited her mother, Helen Stone, in the facility wherein Hertz had placed her.

Finding her mother on a feeding tube and clearly emaciated, Barbara Stone took her to Denny’s.

She was arrested the same day and charged with the following: 1) Custody interference; 2) Elder abuse; 3) False imprisonment, and 4) Violation of a protective order. According to Miami-Dade, there was no action taken on charges 2-4 and the threat of the five-year prison term attached to the first count was enough for Stone to take a plea. She was sentenced to three years probation.’

Read more: Tucson Court To Hear Extradition Of Woman Accused Of Feeding Her Mother

‘Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lashed out at those behind a probe into the wealth of his family, saying the “slandering” campaign would certainly hurt the country.

“What is happening here is not about corruption allegations against me, it is about slandering the businesses and accounts of my family,” said Sharif on Thursday after attending an interrogation in Islamabad in the office of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), a powerful panel of Pakistan’s Supreme Court, over allegations that his family members used government funds to run off-shore businesses.

The Pakistani premier, who was reading a statement, appeared defiant as he insisted that the probe into his family’s offshore wealth would go nowhere.’

Read more: Pakistan’s Sharif slams ‘slandering’ of his family over wealth

‘“The crisis”, the economist Rudiger Dornbusch once noted, “takes a much longer time coming than you think. And then it happens much faster than you would have thought.” A similar dynamic describes the progress of Conservative austerity politics.

The stunning failure of Theresa May in last week’s general election signalled to Tory MPs that the public have had enough of spending cuts. Though the deficit still stands at £50bn and the national debt is £1,700bn (and rising), austerity is over, we’re now told.

Seven years of Tory lectures that eradicating the deficit for the good of future generations is paramount suddenly fall silent. Politicians who have tarred critics as criminally irresponsible for suggesting an increase in public borrowing have now, in an instant, changed their tune.’

Read more: Yes this really is the end of Tory austerity – because it was never about economics in the first place

‘The RSPCA was thrown into more chaos last night following reports the charity spent almost £1million on a luxury home for just a dozen cats and the daughter of chairwoman who lives there rent free.

The claims come after scathing criticism of its management from the Charity Commission in the wake of the sudden departure of its chief executive.

Daughter of RSPCA national council chairwoman Daphne Harris, Katie Toms, 39, lives at the semi-detached four bedroom house in Headcorn, Kent, rent free, the Sun reported.’

Read more: RSPCA spent £1million looking after just TWELVE cats (and putting the boss’s daughter up for free)

‘As you enter the cheerful ABBA Museum building in Stockholm you are met by a 10ft-high pair of sparkly platform boots, the familiar sound of the band’s greatest hits — and a stern black and white sign.

‘Cashless Museum,’ it reads. ‘We only accept payment cards.’

The band which 40 years ago sang of their love of Money, Money, Money now seek only the plastic variety.

This cash-free crusade goes beyond the museum walls. ‘We have a vision of a cashless society,’ reads another sign hanging overhead. It turns out millions of other Swedes feel the same.’

Read more: Could you live without cash? Millions do in Sweden – where even ‘Big Issue’ sellers are ditching coins and notes. So is this how Britain will look soon?

While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth.

‘Last year it was eight men, then down to six, and now almost five.

While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth. As of June 8, 2017, the world’s richest five men owned over $400 billion in wealth. Thus, on average, each man owns nearly as much as 750 million people.’

Read more: Now Five Men Own Almost as Much Wealth as Half the World’s Population

‘Uber was last night accused of exploiting a loophole to avoid paying millions in tax that helps it undercut rivals.

It was claimed that HMRC has missed out on about £40million in VAT from the controversial taxi app thanks to the legal but highly controversial tactic.

Ride-hailing apps are meant to pay 20 per cent VAT on booking fees they collect from drivers on each fare. But Uber avoids this by treating its 40,000 UK drivers as separate businesses, as most earn less than the £85,000 a year threshold for VAT registration.

This enables the American firm to offer cheaper fares than both traditional taxi firms and rival app-based services, while depriving the Treasury of millions of pounds in tax.’

Read more: Revealed, Uber’s £40 million tax loophole: Taxi firm registers each of its drivers as a separate business to avoid paying VAT on booking fees 

‘Brussels has admitted that one in four people inside the EU are on the verge of poverty, amid growing concerns that the European project faces years of instability.

One in four citizens inside the EU is living on the edge of poverty in a scathing assessment of the European project.

There had been a hope among European Union officials that the election of French President Emmanuel Macron would reset the recent troubles surrounding the Brussels bloc.

However, the statistics revealed at this week’s Brussels Economic Forum on the growing income inequality has shocked the European establishment.

Despite a fall in unemployment across the bloc, a tenth of those in work earn below the poverty line.’

Read more: Brussels ‘faces revolt’ as one in four people in the EU lives ‘on the verge of poverty’

‘From the Great Recession to the Grand Illusion of recovery, growing household debt and the number of families struggling to make ends meet is the story left behind the curtain. Only a few leaders, authors and bloggers expose the underbelly reality hoping for strength in the numbers of those who wake up to the window dressing. As Charles Hugh-Smith puts it, “Welcome to debt-serfdom, the only possible output of the soaring cost of living for the unprotected many who are ruled by a hubris-soaked, subsidized Protected Elite.”

I could not have said it better, myself. Yet first-world culture appears to be all about looking good for those in it even if living in a world of hurt.’

Read more: From Great Recession To Grand Illusion

‘Around the world, Western aid is failing to fulfil its stated objectives. Nowhere is this more flagrant than Haiti, where despite billions flowing in to the ravaged country, little progress has been made since the 2010 earthquake. A former UN development expert has suggested the country – and others – may well fare better without.

In the immediate aftermath of the quake, US$5 billion was donated by the international community — but a large proportion never even got close to helping affected citizens and infrastructure in the country, as it was guzzled by covered operational costs — at least 10 percent was taken by the Haitian government as “budgetary support” and the rest absorbed by international humanitarian groups for uncertain purposes. In the end, not even one percent was taken by local NGOs.’

Read more: Funding Corruption: Why the World Is ‘Better Off’ Without Western Aid and NGOs