Archive for the ‘gambling’ Category

In China: Pillaging State Money to Gamble, Play

January 15, 2009

As mayor of a small city in the Chinese hinterland, Li Weimin started out innocently enough, playing the slots in nearby Macao, games with names like Five Dragons, Chinese Kitchen and Super Happy Fortune Cat.
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By Mark McDonald
The New York Times

But he soon began to try his hand at other games, and for higher stakes, financing his increasingly frequent trips to glitzy casinos by dipping into the municipal budget and several real estate firms under his control.

“It was easy for me to borrow or divert money from those places,” the 43- year-old Mr. Li said at his trial, according to a state-run newspaper, China Daily. Eventually he lost $12 million and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Above: Officials are now limited to just one trip every three months to Macao, home to casinos like this one in the Four Seasons Hotel. Photo: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg News

Mr. Li is one of an increasing number of Communist Party bosses and government officials who, government prosecutors say, pillaged state funds, company accounts and municipal treasuries to try their luck in Macao, which sits just across the border from Guandong Province.

Many of the biggest losers have been sent to prison and at least 15 have been executed. Some have committed suicide. The scandals have become a source of deep embarrassment for the Chinese government, which has now begun cracking down on travel visas for Macao.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01
/15/world/asia/15macao.html?_r=1&hp

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China plans crackdown as economic crisis spurs crime

December 22, 2008

China plans to set up a special police division to tackle organised crime and gang-related violence as the global economic crisis deepens social unrest, state media reported Monday.

“In the foreseeable future, gangs will remain active as the country undergoes dramatic social and economic changes,” the China Daily quoted an unnamed public security ministry official as saying.

“Gang-related crimes have become a threat to our social stability and the economy,” the official said. “They dare anything,” he added, citing murder, rape, robbery, kidnapping and assault.

He said the public security ministry plans to set up a special division to fight such crimes, including organised prostitution, gambling and drug trafficking.

File photo shows a Chinese paramilitary police officer in Beijing. ... 
File photo shows a Chinese paramilitary police officer in Beijing. China plans to set up a special police division to tackle organised crime and gang-related violence as the global economic crisis deepens social unrest, state media have reported.(AFP/File/Liu Jin)

Figures from China’s supreme court show that gang-related crime in 2007 was up by 161 percent year-on-year, the newspaper said.

Police will also keep a close eye on problems stemming from unemployment caused by the ongoing economic downturn, especially in China’s export-oriented industries where workers are being laid off, it said.

Social changes that the country is going through are behind gang crimes,” the paper cited Liang Huaren, a criminal law expert at the China University of Political Science and Law, as saying.

The large number of laid-off workers and migrants, as well as a widening gap between China’s rich and poor, was also leading to more gang-related crimes, he said.

–AFP

Top 10 Rogues Gallery of Sports

December 6, 2008

This is worth the short (Internet) trip!
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Some are household names. Others you may have never heard of. They’re all part of a rogues gallery of sports figures infamous for feats not performed on track, field, rink or hardwood court.

These former professional stars once enjoyed big-league glitz and glamour, complete with multimillion-dollar contracts and endorsement deals, but they’ve since largely been relegated to punch lines, legal proceedings and unintended second careers.

Ten slots are hardly enough to cover the entire sports world, but we could go on forever if we included every athlete who made a wrong move to cut short his or her time at the top of the world. For every beloved star like Lou Gehrig or Michael Jordan, there’s a controversial figure….

Related:
Plaxico Not The First ‘Star’ to Shoot Himself in the Foot

See Fox’s Top 10 Sports Rogues…..Go to:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,462244,00.html

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Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves ... 
Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick(R) leaves Surry County Circuit Court after entering a guilty plea on two felony counts connected to dog fighting in Sussex, Virginia. Under a plea agreement, Vick, who is currently serving a term in prison for federal dog fighting charges, will serve one-year of probation for the state charges.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Geoff Burke)


Recall this guy?

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives ... 
New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, center, arrives in Manhattan Supreme Court in handcuffs, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, in New York. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman says Burress planned to plead not guilty to a weapon possession charge during a Monday afternoon court appearance. Burress accidentally shot himself at a Manhattan nightclub Friday evening.(AP Photo/David Karp)