THE WORLDPOST
11/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Salah Ezzedine, "Lebanese Bernie Madoff," Humiliates Hezbollah

TURA, Lebanon -- The investor, a heavyset man in a gray polo shirt, sat back in a plastic chair in his hardware store and sighed, unable to explain how his life savings had vanished so quickly into thin air.

"It's a disaster, a tsunami," he said. "Some farmers mortgaged their fields and brought in cash. Others sold land they had inherited from their parents. Teachers gave up all their savings. Old people lost everything they had."

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