Bob Van Voris
For Bob Van Voris's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Demonstrators hold signs protesting Jeffrey Epstein as he awaits arraignment in the Southern District of New York on charges of sex trafficking of minors in 2019. While Epstein died by suicide that same year in a Manhattan prison cell before he could stand trial, his crimes have continued to resonate across Wall Street.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jan 4, 2024
Confidential Jeffrey Epstein documents unsealed in New York
Many of the people whose names will be unsealed are already known to have associated with the disgraced financier, and some have been named in similar litigation as well.
U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the Jacksonville Jaguars' former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle
Dec 8, 2023
Ex-Jaguars executive accused of stealing $22 million from team
U.S. prosecutors accused Amit Patel, the team’s former manager of financial planning and analysis, of stealing the money to fund a luxurious lifestyle.
Caroline Ellison (left), former chief executive officer of Alameda Research LLC, exits court in New York on Tuesday. Her ex-boyfriend and former boss, FTX Co-Founder Sam Bankman-Fried, is charged with seven counts of fraud and money laundering following the collapse of his cryptocurrency empire last year.
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 11, 2023
Sam Bankman-Fried's ex says he directed her to commit crimes
In her first day of testimony, Caroline Ellison, 28, portrayed Sam Bankman-Fried as the brains behind fraudulent operations at FTX.
Charles McGonigal, formerly the FBI's top counterintelligence official in New York, arrives with his attorney, Seth DuCharme (left), at the Federal District Court in New York on Tuesday.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Aug 16, 2023
Ex-FBI official pleads guilty to violations for Russian oligarch
Charles McGonigal had overseen the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in New York, where he led efforts to root out foreign spies.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2023
Exiled Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui charged with billion-dollar fraud in U.S.
Guo and his financial adviser, Kin Ming Je, conspired to cheat thousands of victims via a series of fictitious businesses and investment opportunities, prosecutors allege.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2022
Steve Bannon defiant after pleading not guilty to New York fraud charges
The charges relate to Bannonu2019s involvement in We Build the Wall, a group that privately funded about eight kilometers of border fencing in two locations in Texas and New Mexico.
Japan Times
Apr 26, 2022
Crypto conference in North Korea leads to more criminal charges
Alejandro Cao de Benos of Spain and Christopher Emms, a U.K. citizen, were charged in a superseding indictment with conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions.
Japan Times
Feb 2, 2022
Ex-Miami coach, snubbed for the Giants’ job, sues the NFL for racial bias
Flores filed a proposed class action against the league in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday, naming the Giants, Dolphins and Denver Broncos as co-defendants.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 16, 2015
Mt. Gox chief was thought by U.S. to be Silk Road mastermind
The former head of the bankrupt Mt. Gox Co. bitcoin exchange was originally believed by U.S. investigators to be the secret mastermind behind the Silk Road online drug marketplace, an agent who infiltrated the website told jurors at the trial of the man prosecutors now accuse of running it.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Oct 5, 2013
Online drug bazaar's alleged boss paired eBay-style site with heroin, murder plot
The Silk Road website, before being shut this week by the U.S., was a cyber-bazaar of the criminal underworld that connected buyers and sellers of heroin, cocaine and hacking services. It combined eBay-style customer reviews and shipping tips with an open disregard for the law.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves