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Silver Heads for Slammer in Major New York Corruption Case

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.02.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

The need for honest politicians serving the public's interests is at the core of the American system of democracy. Nevertheless, in the U.S., as in every country, politics and corruption too often go hand-in-hand.

Anderson House

Joel Judd | Posted 11.16.2015 | Denver
Joel Judd

In 1979 I bought a small 1893 brick bungalow in North Denver a few blocks north of Mile High Stadium. Though the neighborhood was a little rough, it h...

Action Needed to Curb Corruption Crimes Against Women and Girls

Frank Vogl | Posted 09.15.2015 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Substantial media attention has been given to the plight of women and girls as it relates to slavery and trafficking internationally. Here too it is corruption that is a critical factor. This massive crime succeeds in part as gangsters bribe border officials, police and other public servants.

Let's Crowdsource to Expose Government Bribe Takers!

Russ Warner | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Russ Warner

Over $1 trillion per year is lost to corrupt politicians and others. That amount of corruption affects us all. Why don't we crowdsource to publish the names of government bribe takers? It won't cost taxpayers.

UN World Food Programme in Ecuador: Helping Colombian Refugees Transition Amid Poverty and Risks

Nick Sexton | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Nick Sexton

"There is a huge difference between having the food vouchers and not having them. For us it has been a great help because we arrived here in Ecuador empty-handed. We didn't know where we were going nor what we were going to do."

NYPC Cop Indicted In Alleged Mobster Extortion Scheme

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

A 34-year-old NYPD officer, Besnik Llakatura, was indicted Tuesday, along with two other men, in an alleged extortion scheme that had them threaten at...

Honduras: Mr. Villeda's Common Sense Approach to Security

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

The prisons in Honduras are akin to home-bases for many gangs -- places where they can conduct business safely without having to worry too much about defending their turf or being pestered by patrolling police officers and soldiers.

Why Obama and the Democrats Shouldn't Negotiate With Extortionists

Robert Reich | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

Giving in to bullies just encourages them to escalate their demands.The president gave in at the end of 2011 when Republican bullies threatened to go over the fiscal cliff and take the rest of the nation with them.

Honduras: Oh Hell... Extortion

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The problem of drug trafficking in Honduras appears to be on the decline, at least if you take the word of Arturo Corrales, the country's so-called "Super-Minister" of Defense and security.

Plea Change Scheduled In Paula Deen Extortion Case

AP | RUSS BYNUM | Posted 10.09.2013 | Black Voices

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A New York man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to trying to extort $200,000 from Paula Deen by threatening to reveal dama...

Honduras: Impending Military Police State?

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The question is, "Will Hondurans really be safer with thousands of military police walking around armed to the teeth?" Given the history of the military in Honduras and other Latin American countries, it is right to be worried about the answer.

Paula Deen Settles Extortion Case

AP | RUSS BYNUM | Posted 10.05.2013 | Black Voices

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A New York man charged with trying to extort $200,000 from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen has agreed to a plea deal with pr...

GOP Threat: Cut Social Security and Medicare or We'll Kill the Economy -- Americans Say No to Both

Roger Hickey | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Republicans can get their way only if Democrats fail to realize they have the American people on their side. And once Republicans are clear about their proposals, Americans turn against them.

'Christmas Letter 2012'

Jerry Zezima | Posted 02.10.2013 | Comedy
Jerry Zezima

It sure has been an exciting 2012 for the Zezimas! The good news is that nobody in the family went to prison, though three of us had brushes with the law.

Couple To Face Trial In Stevie Wonder Extortion Case

AP | ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Posted 09.11.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A judge ordered Stevie Wonder's cousin to stand trial on an extortion charge after hearing testimony that the man and his girlfrie...

David Lohr

Joran Van Der Sloot To Face Extradition Hearing | David Lohr | Posted 04.26.2012 | Crime

Joran van der Sloot has been ordered to face an extradition hearing that could send him to the U.S. on charges of extorting money from the family of m...

David Lohr

Peru Considering Extraditing Joran Van Der Sloot To U.S. | David Lohr | Posted 04.24.2012 | Crime

UPDATE: 8: 19 p.m. -- The process to extradite Joran van der Sloot from Peru to the United States has begun, CNN reports. Documents obtained by Maximo...

Teachers Arrested For Offering Students Good Grades In Exchange For Sex (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education

Former Atoka High School teacher Casey Hauff, 32, has been arrested in Atoka, Okla., on 11 felony counts of sexual misconduct, one of those charges be...

Would You Answer This Call?

Nisha Varia | Posted 01.09.2012 | Women
Nisha Varia

Anis Hidayah was literally going into labor with her second child when she answered her phone, suspecting it would be a migrant worker needing her help. She was right.

Bizarre Potato Chip Extortion Plot Comes To An End

Posted 12.20.2011 | Crime

It turns out the bucket was half empty. An Ohio man accused of attempting to extort tens of thousands of dollars from the Grippo's Potato Chip Co. ...

Brooklyn Butcher's Extensive Mafia Rolodex

Posted 12.11.2011 | New York

FBI agents got an extra juicy slice of inside info on the mafia this summer when they arrested a Brooklyn butcher, according to a new report. Mich...

Collar Bomb Hoax Suspect To Face Charges In Australia

AP | By BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 11.15.2011 | Crime

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- An Australian investment banker who is wanted on charges of placing a fake bomb around a student's neck in an attempt to extort mon...

David Lohr

Welfare Case Worker Admits Extorting Recipients By Threatening To Terminate Benefits | David Lohr | Posted 11.07.2011 | Crime

A New Jersey welfare case worker has pleaded guilty to attempting to extort welfare recipients by threatening to terminate their benefits, according t...

Woman Plotted Kidanap Because Husband Wouldn't Pay On Benz

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 09.20.2011 | Home

PHILADELPHIA — A woman upset about her household allowance will spend 11 months in prison for plotting a fake kidnapping to extort money from he...

Joran Van Der Sloot Charged In $250,000 Extortion Case Over Location Of Natalee Holloway's Body

AP | KENDAL WEAVER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A Dutch man suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba was charged Thursday in Alabama with trying to e...