Jul 25, 2014

In U.K., sham marriages more prevalent: MPs

Sham marriages to win the right to live in Britain are more prevalent than thought and a major risk to immigration control, a group of lawmakers warned on Friday. The number of suspect couples referred to the interior ministry each year had more than ...

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

Jun 30, 2014

BNP Paribas fined $8.9 billion over deals with Iran, Cuba, Sudan

French bank BNP Paribas has agreed to pay U.S. authorities an $8.9 billion fine to avoid being tried in court for dealing with U.S.-blacklisted countries, sources close to the matter said. The deal ends months of haggling which saw French President Francois Hollande pressing ...

Barclays bank sued by N.Y. attorney general after fraud allegations

Jun 26, 2014

Barclays bank sued by N.Y. attorney general after fraud allegations

British banking and financial services firm Barclays PLC misled large institutional investors and other clients by falsely telling them it was taking measures to protect them from predatory high-frequency traders, New York’s attorney general said Wednesday. The allegations against Barclays were contained in a ...

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

Jun 26, 2014

Spain's Princess Cristina must face fraud charges, judge rules

A Spanish judge ruled Wednesday that King Felipe’s sister, Princess Cristina, and her husband should face fraud charges, opening the way to an unprecedented criminal trial. Six days after Felipe, 46, came to the throne promising an “honest and transparent” monarchy, the decision refocused ...

Jun 25, 2014

KFC probes whether child's ejection claim a scam

Fried-chicken chain KFC said a franchised restaurant in Mississippi has hired an investigator to look into claims that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and her family to leave because her facial disfigurement disturbed customers. KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said the company is concerned ...

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Jun 17, 2014

Afghan presidential front-runner alleges vote fraud

Afghan election authorities on Monday rejected an allegation of attempted ballot-stuffing by a senior official. Presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah demanded the firing of Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, who heads the IEC secretariat, after he was allegedly intercepted trying to smuggle unused ballot papers out of the ...

Tax cheats siphoned billions from Ukraine

Jun 11, 2014

Tax cheats siphoned billions from Ukraine

As Ukraine’s tax chief tells it, the billion-dollar theft was planned at a see-through plastic table in a vault of soundproof steel. The table and six matching transparent chairs sit in a secret chamber on an upper story of the tax ministry in Kiev. ...

May 25, 2014

Tokyo Olympics turning into big party for scammers

The Consumer Affairs Agency is urging people to beware a growing number of investment scams capitalizing on the hoopla over the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The agency warned that more consumers are being deceived by such pitches as, “Why not buy bonds for the construction ...