Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Tag Archives: Fraud

Brazil’s Former President Lula to Stand Trial in Third Corruption Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, October 14, 2016:  

Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (shown), will stand trial for another instance of corruption relating to the scandal uncovered by Operation Car Wash, a corruption case that has engulfed Petrobras, the state-owned energy company, since 2014.

This time the prosecution is getting some help from one of those already tried, convicted, and sentenced to prison:

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Best Advice in Politics: Don’t Give Money to Liars

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 23, 2016:  

Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, 2008

Last Friday, Mish Shedlock, author of the MishTalk blog, riffed on an “exclusive” report published by the Observer. That report claimed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was repeatedly charging one-time donors’ credit cards without their permission. This was allegedly being done not only to raise additional funds, but to improve her campaign’s reporting to the Federal Election Committee that a lot of her support was coming from small donors.

Shedlock read the report, published it in its entirety on his blog, and then added this disclaimer:

I cannot prove any of this. Nor can anyone else unless they have a recording of the call. But there is a moral to this story, two actually:

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Trump Advisor Publishes Story About Clinton Campaign Repeatedly Charging One-time Donors

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, September 21, 2016:  

Back in March Carol Mahre, an 81-year-old grandmother and lifelong Democrat, decided to contribute $25 to the Hillary for America campaign. She gave a staff member her account information and on March 16 $25 was deducted from her US Bank checking account.

Later that day another $25 was deducted from her account. On March 29 $19 was deducted from her account, payable to the Hillary for America campaign.

She tried unsuccessfully to get the campaign to reverse the charges and asked her son Roger, a local attorney in Maplewood, Minnesota, for help. He picked up where she left off,

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With Brazil’s Primary Cancer Excised, Can the Country heal?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, September 16, 2016:  

Português: Logomarca da Petrobras.

If one assumes that collectivism in any form is like a cancer (eating away its host’s vital organs until the host dies), then Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s strategy is apropos to Brazil:

At CTCA our cancer experts use state-of-the-art technologies to treat cancer … we help you maintain the strength and stamina to continue treatment and get back to life.

Deltan Dallagriol used state-of-the-art technology to treat the Lula cancer that has been infecting Brazil for decades: he created a flowchart of all the criminals tied into the Petrobras scandal showing Lula at the center, and then presented it on public television on Wednesday. Said Dallagriol:

Lula was the commander of the scheme. Lula was the conductor of this big orchestra formed to loot the resources of Petrobras and other public organs. Lula was the common and necessary link between [his] party and the government scheme….


Lula was the big boss of the Petrobras corruption scheme. Lula was on top of the power pyramid. Lula appointed several senior executives at Petrobras so that they could raise funds for political parties in the governing coalition….


Without Lula’s decision power, it would be impossible for this scheme to exist.

Lula hasn’t been arrested yet, but for all intents and purposes the magic is gone. The emperor has been exposed and is naked, and any chance for a comeback in the 2018 elections by Brazil’s former president has evaporated.

Aside from the inherent corruption attendant to any form of government, especially unlimited government, the temptation to tap into Petrobras was simply overwhelming. The numbers were too large, and access to them was too easy, for Lula not to take advantage.

Petrobras first announced huge oil finds in 2006 and then again in 2011, which would require massive billions to develop. Petrobras itself set aside $150 billion to start the development. Contracts were to be let. Opportunities for fraud were ubiquitous.

By setting up operatives inside Petrobras, Lula arranged to funnel hundreds of millions from overpriced contracts arranged by company executives with equally hungry developers into Lula’s Workers Party. Part of the scam was uncovered when it was learned that Lula was paying $12,000 a month to politicians in exchange for their votes. The Mensalao scandal nearly ended Lula’s administration.

Examples abound. One will suffice: OAS. OAS is (or was) a gigantic construction company employing 100,000 people at its peak. It enjoyed special treatment from Lula and in appreciation it purchased and renovated a private residence for Lula and his wife, Marisa, to enjoy on holiday.

Today OAS is a shell of its former self. Once the deal was exposed, the company’s funding sources dried up. It was forced to declare bankruptcy for nine of its units, suspend dividends, and sell off valuable properties.

Of course, Lula declares himself to be innocent. After all, he didn’t own the property!

“Operation Car Wash” exposed the pay-to-play scheme: funds from overpriced contracts were funneled through Petrobras employees to corporate executives and politicians, with the bulk of the funds going to support Lula’s communist Workers Party. The funds were so large that recipients couldn’t hide them in local banks without being detected so they tried to launder money through the accounts of an electronic components manufacturer. When the owner uncovered the scheme, he called the police in 2008. Through plea bargains with those charged, the whole plan slowly began to be revealed. Initially, four large criminal rings were uncovered, but the total soon expanded. Some of the funds were moved offshore through a bank transfer agency located in a building operated by a car wash company, hence the name “Operation Car Wash.”

It was just a matter of time before the entire scheme was exposed. Hundreds of warrants were issued and dozens were jailed, including top executives of some of Brazil’s largest construction companies.

Lula is going to have his hands full. Not only is he facing these charges, he was just indicted by a court in Brasilia for obstruction of justice stemming from his involvement in trying to silence a Petrobras executive from testifying against him in the Petrobras scandal. Other charges are still to come, according to Marcos Troyjo, a former Brazilian diplomat. Said Troyjo:

That means [that] the Workers Party, which may have thought it would move comfortably into the opposition after Dilma [Rousseff’s] impeachment, will confront extreme challenges.


It’s certainly the beginning of the end to Lula’s presidential aspirations for 2018.

Back to CTCA: once the Lula cancer is excised, is the patient strong enough and healthy enough to recover? Is the patient, like a young man – sturdy, strong, resilient, going to be able to recover following an extended period of rehab? Or is Brazil more like an older person – already weakened through years of abuse and neglect – whose chances of recovery are marginal, and the reappearance of cancer more likely in just a few years?

With Lula gone, will Brazil recover? Or will another cancer, perhaps even more vicious than the one just removed, invade the weakened patient?


Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Reuters: Brazil’s Lula charged as ‘top boss’ of Petrobras graft scheme

BBC:   Brazil ex-president Lula and wife face charges in corruption scandal

Bio of Lula

The Wall Street Journal: Brazil Prosecutors File Charges Against Ex-President da Silva and His Wife

Washington Post: Former Brazilian president Lula charged in massive corruption scandal

Zacks: Petrobras and Oil Discoveries

Forbes: Brazil’s Petrobras Says Its Discoveries Developing Faster Than Gulf Of Mexico

History of Operation Car Wash

The Wall Street Journal: OAS files for bankruptcy

The Mensalao Scandal

CIA Waiting for Venezuelan Protests to Turn Sufficiently Violent

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Friday, July 29, 2016: 

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For at least the last two years, Venezuela’s Marxist President, Nicolas Maduro, has claimed that part of his problems stem from interventions planned by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). And for years most commentators and observers have written off those claims as more Marxist madness voiced by a dictator completely infused with paranoia.

However, analysts at the Center for Research on Globalization (CRG), headquartered in Montreal since 2001, have been watching and reporting on those plans by both the CIA and U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). If their research is accurate, and the protests in Caracas and three other cities in Venezuela turn sufficiently violent and bloody, the CIA may

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Venezuela’s President Deliberately Stalling Recall Referendum

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 28, 2016: 

Português: Brasília - O chanceler da Venezuela...

Nicolas Maduro

If Venezuela’s Marxist dictator, President Nicolas Maduro, can remain in power until January 10, 2017, then he will remain the country’s leader for the foreseeable future. Even if elections are then held and oust the president, Maduro will be replaced by his hand-picked second-in-command and continue the socialist “revolution” that is turning Venezuela back into a banana republic.

That’s why he is doing everything he can to stall a recall referendum that would lead to his recall before then. Accordingly he is

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Saul, Hillary, and Gun Confiscation

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 27, 2016:  

Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky

Wikipedia softly proclaims Saul Alinsky as the “founder of modern community organizing,” who used his “organizing skills” to “improve the living conditions of poor communities.” Alinsky, however, was more than that. Much more. A closer look (see sources below) reveals a Marxist whose goal was to enable fellow travelers in their attempts to destroy capitalism in the United States and replace it with communism. From his Rules for Radicals, Alinsky states:

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Three Charged in $1 Billion Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Scheme

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 25, 2016:  

Seal of the United States Department of Justice

Last Friday the Justice Department charged a Miami-area healthcare operator, a hospital administrator, and a physician’s assistant with conspiracy involving submitting fraudulent bills to Medicare and Medicaid exceeding, for the first time, $1 billion.

The three included Philip Esformes, the owner of more than 30 Miami-area nursing and assisted-living facilities, hospital administrator Odette Barcha, and physician assistant Arnald Carmouze. They were charged with money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, and receiving kickbacks, along with other charges.

The conspiracy had been going on for 14 years, and came to a end with the help of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force (MFSF), which began investigating healthcare fraud in March 2007. Since that time, nearly 3,000 defendants,

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How Does the “Honor System” Work When There Is No Honor?

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 25, 2016:  

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare Bill

Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP uses www.whistleblower-lawfirm.com as its URL where it advertises its legal services: Government Procurement Fraud, Pharmaceutical Fraud, Medicare and Medicaid Fraud, Defense Contractor Fraud, Education Fraud, Banking and Mortgage Fraud, Securities Fraud, and Tax Fraud.

Business is booming, especially with Medicare and Medicaid fraud growing, it seems, almost by the day. The firm explains why:

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Sheriff David Clarke: Blunt, Courageous, Unflappable

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, July 20, 2016:  

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Sheriff David Clarke has been in law enforcement in Milwaukee for 38 years but only gained national attention in 2013 when he told his constituents that they couldn’t rely on law enforcement for protection and that they should arm themselves.

His circle of influence expanded as his “law and order” message began to resonate in light of the increasing attacks on police. He singled out Black Lives Matter as the primary mover, calling them Black Lies Matter, and calling them out for their revolutionary rhetoric and actions that were endangering police and costing more and more of them their lives.

In the last ten days Clarke has seen his influence and message expand further,

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Sheriff David Clarke Crushes BLM, Delights at RNC

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, July 19, 2016:  

English: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH Fr...

Quicken Loans Arena

As Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke took the stage Monday night at the opening ceremonies of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the audience expected him to be blunt, precise, and declarative, and he was: “Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to make something very clear. Blue lives matter in America!”

Partisans in the Quicken Loans Arena (left) erupted with sustained applause. They then waited for what came next, and weren’t disappointed:

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Congresswoman Corinne Brown Indicted; Faces 357 Years on Corruption Charges

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, July 11, 2016: 

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Official Congressional portrait of Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

Representing Florida’s Fifth Congressional District for nearly a quarter of a century, Congresswoman Corrine Brown has had numerous brushes with the law, both inside and outside Congress. On Friday her indictment on 24 charges of milking her charity is likely to end her legislative career permanently.

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, provided some of the details:

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Disbarment Charges Filed Against Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Sunday, July 3, 2016:  

English: Baltimore Inner Harbor

English: Baltimore Inner Harbor

Calling Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby a “runaway prosecutor” in the Freddie Gray case, legal activist and law professor John Banzhaf filed a complaint last Thursday with the Maryland Bar Counsel. He demanded an investigation into her mishandling of the prosecution of six officers involved in the Freddie Gray case on several grounds:

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How to Destroy the Criminal Justice System: The Freddie Gray Case

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, July 4, 2016:

English: Baltimore Harbor as seen from World T...

English: Baltimore Harbor as seen from World Trade Center.

Marilyn Mosby has given radicals a lesson in how to destroy faith in the criminal justice system. Without faith that it is fair, balanced, and just, it won’t work. The society will instead degenerate into mob violence and mob rule. That will lead to oppression and a federal police state. That process is already well underway in Baltimore.

In less than 100 days in office, Mosby had her chance.

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Corruption in U.S. House: Fattah Forced to Resign; Rangel Chooses to Retire

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, June 27, 2016:  

Official House Photo of Congressman Chaka Fatt...

Official House Photo of Congressman Chaka Fattah, from Pennsylvania’s 2nd district

Within days of each other, two House Democrats — one a petty thief, the other a big-time plunderer — have had to account for their unethical behaviors. The first was forced to resign from office; the other announced his intention to retire.

Chaka Fattah, whose birth name is Arthur Davenport, represented Pennsylvania’s Second District (mostly Philadelphia and its environs) from 1995 until Thursday, June 23 when he was forced to resign. It wasn’t his idea. Fattah wanted to stay in office until the day before his sentencing on October 4, milking his position for every last penny.

A year ago July, he and four of his associates were indicted on federal charges for

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Corruption Already Undermining Administration of Brazil’s New President

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, May 31, 2016: 

In less than three weeks, the new administration of Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer (shown, on the left), is already coming unraveled. On Sunday a secretly recorded audio tape was played by a local popular TV station of a conversation between the head of Temer’s newly created Ministry of Transparency, Supervision and Control, Fabiano Silveira, and Senate President Renan Calheiros. On the tape Silveira was giving Calheiros legal advice on how to avoid prosecution in the Petrobras scandal investigation called Operation Car Wash.

On Monday Silveira resigned his position following public protests that included soaping the windows of his office to indicate that Temer’s appointee needed a good cleansing.

Calheiros’ record of corruption goes back at least to 2007 when

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Brazil’s Interim President Says “Trust Me,” Installs Corrupt Bureaucrats

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, May 16, 2016:  

Upon taking over Brazil’s presidency from disgraced former President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday, interim president Michel Temer asked his skeptical citizenry to “trust” him, saying that his new administration would be Brazil’s “salvation”:

Trust me. Trust the values of our people and our ability to recuperate the economy…. It is essential to rebuild the credibility of the country abroad to attract new investments and get the economy growing again…. It is urgent to restore peace and unite Brazil. We must form a government that will save the nation…. It’s urgent to seek the unity of Brazil. We urgently need a government of national salivation.

Even if he truly intended to do any of that, the challenges he faces almost defy description.

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Texas Contracts to Build Nation’s First State Gold Bullion Depository

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, May 5, 2016:  

The Texas Comptroller’s Office has begun to receive bids from private contractors interested in building the country’s first state gold storage facility, the Texas Bullion Depository (TBD). When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed into law the bill providing for it last July, he said it was all about saving fees being paid to store the state’s gold in New York banks:

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Nothing is Likely to Change in Brazil

This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, April 20, 2016: 

One of Warren Buffett’s favorite expressions is “when the tide goes out, everyone will see who’s been swimming naked.”  In Brazil the tide went out at the start of the Great Recession and now the whole world can see who was swimming naked.

When President Lula was elected in 2002 the commodity boom was underway, and Brazil was enjoying the ride. Its major exports are soybeans, sugar, and iron ore, and under Lula Brazil’s GDP was running 10 percent a year. Lula implemented major expansions of the welfare state, including putting in place such generous pension plans that state workers could retire at age 54 for men and at age 52 for women at 90 percent of their final pay. The average Brazilian’s household income rose, and statists worldwide pointed to Brazil’s success story, naming it as one of the BRIC countries that would soon overtake the developed nations of the world, and doing it while expanding government spending.

But when Dilma Rousseff took over in 2011 the Great Recession was revealing the true nature of spending far beyond the ability of the economy to sustain it. In 2014 the government’s finances were in such dreadful shape that

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Illinois Comptroller: State Is Out of Money, Legislators’ Paychecks Delayed

This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, April 18, 2016:  

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Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger announced at a press conference in Chicago on Sunday that she was delaying paying the state’s legislators until there are sufficient funds available to cover the checks. She said that the practice of prioritizing those paychecks ahead of other agencies waiting for their money was over:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.