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William Aramony, who built the United Way of America into a philanthropic powerhouse before leaving in disgrace and serving six years in prison for fraud, has died. He was 84. Aramony was the United Way's chief executive from 1970 to 1992. He resigned...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSecond of two parts When Philip Berg decided in the early 1970s to teach kabbalah to the masses, he predicted that orthodox rabbis would stone him and his wife, Karen. For a long time, that seemed a pompous overstatement. Few people had even heard of the...
We've now seen three full-dress debates among the Republican politicians who want to be the next president of the United States, and here's what we've learned: They all believe taxes are too high, even though federal taxes are lower as a percentage of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterSeveral Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been entangled in fraud allegations in the last year, a spike that the department's watchdog says may be linked to overtime cuts pushing cash-strapped deputies to commit crimes. One deputy torched his...
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An Orange County man who scored $14 million in illegal refunds for his clients was convicted Thursday of conspiracy and wire fraud. Ronald L. Brekke, 55, helped prepare phony tax forms for nearly 1,000 people, most of them Canadians, claiming more than...
A year ago, soon after the Tunisian uprising, I demonstrated my powers of prediction in a column about the democracy movement in the Arab world. The revolution in Tunisia, I wrote, "arose from local circumstances that don't foretell what will happen...
Dr. Louis J. Cella Jr., an Orange County physician, hospital developer and political donor whose convictions on tax evasion and Medicare fraud charges in the late 1970s set off a cascade of corruption investigations that altered the county's political...
Barry Bremen, a Michigan businessman and incorrigible impostor who fielded pop flies at baseball's 1986 All-Star game, launched warm-up layups at the 1979 NBA All-Star game and bounded on stage to accept actress Betty Thomas' Emmy Award in 1985 has died....
Until a few weeks ago, the race for the Republican presidential nomination seemed wide open. There was a presumptive front-runner, Mitt Romney, but he held first place mostly because he was a familiar face; his support among Republican voters appeared...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt didn't take long for Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) to fleece investors out of countless millions. Transforming Shaw's Ponzi scheme into "Tower Heist" proved a bit more time-consuming. Envisioned six years ago by Eddie Murphy as an all-black take on "Ocean's...
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