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  • Gulf Spill Is Vanishing on the Surface, But Concerns Stay Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:25 AM ET
    A dead fish coated in heavy oil floats near shore June 4, 2010 near East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.

    The oil is clearing much faster than expected, but concern remains over the unseen effects. The NYT reports.

  • BP Moving Toward Aggressive Stance on Liabilities Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 5:24 PM ET
    An oil-stained Sandwich Tern sits on oil absorbent boom in Long Bay on June 19, 2010 west of Port Sulpher, Louisiana. The bird was reported and delivered to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for rehabilitation.

    As BP transitions to a new CEO, the company is also subtly transitioning to a new, more aggressive strategy when it comes to its liabilities for the Gulf oil spill.

  • At Military Contractor’s Trial, a $100,000 Buckle Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 10:30 AM ET
    David H. Brooks and his $100,000 belt buckle. Sandra Hatfield is a co-defendant.

    The government is accusing the founder of a body armor manufacturer of misappropriating more than  millions of dollars.  The NYT reports.

  • New Wave of Whistleblowers Could Become Millionaires Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 2:43 PM ET

    Under little-noticed new provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, whistleblowers who alert the SEC to potential fraud will for the first time be entitled to collect between 10- and- 30 percent of the money recovered by the government.

  • Legalize Pot? Blacks Split Over California Vote Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET
    Marijuana plants

    How black voters in California decide on Proposition 19, which would allow anyone 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, could be critical to its success or failure.

  • CNBC Quiz: Counterfeit Goods Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 11:49 AM ET

    Counterfeiters have created an international, multi-billion-dollar industry by making cheap imitations of designer goods and selling them for a fraction of the price.

  • Reporter's Notebook: On the Hunt for Counterfeiters Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 | 9:46 AM ET
    Genuine and counterfeit Viagra displayed at The Counterfeit Museum in Paris, France.

    The trend of counterfeiting goes far beyond fake purses and watches and includes consumer products like baby formula and prescription medicine and  industrial products like military components.

  • Counterfeiting: Many Risks and Many Victims Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:00 PM ET

    The notion that it is a victimless crime is patently false. Counterfeit products victimize almost everyone they encounter, from the assembly line to the cash register.

  • Top 10 Seized Counterfeit Goods Friday, 9 Jul 2010 | 2:31 PM ET
    Counterfeit goods generate hundreds of billions of dollars in sales each year, making up about 7 percent of all global trade.At US ports alone, counterfeit products seized in 2009 had an estimated street value of more than $260 million. Authorities are unsure just how many counterfeit goods enter the United States each year, but one thing is certain: Counterfeiting saps economies, puts lives in jeopardy and funds organized crime around the globe.So which counterfeit goods are seized most often?

    Counterfeiting saps economies, puts lives in jeopardy and funds organized crime around the globe. So which counterfeit goods are seized most often? Find out now.

  • Madoff Victims Out To Help Others Avoid Their Fate Tuesday, 29 Jun 2010 | 3:51 PM ET
    The Club No One Wanted To Join

    One year ago today, Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison.  And while Madoff is now behind bars, a group of his victims has come forward to tell their stories in hopes of saving others from their fate.

  • Abramoff, From Prison to a Pizzeria Job Thursday, 24 Jun 2010 | 11:29 AM ET
    Jack Abramoff leaves the federal courthouse in Miami after sentencing in the SunCruz Casinos fraud case, Florida.

    Like any new employee, Jack Abramoff is trying to keep a low profile — or as low a profile as a cause célèbre disgraced lobbyist and convicted felon can keep when news cameramen keep staking out his new workplace. The NYT reports.

  • Bad Fortune: Five Bizarre Billionaire Murders Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 2:13 PM ET
    Mourners attend the funeral of Egyptian billionaire Ashraf Marwan in Cairo 01 July 2007. The controversial celebrity allegedly acted as a secret agent for the Israeli secret service during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, reportedly with the code name 'Babel'. Ashraf Marwan was found dead in London on 27 June 2007 and was a son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

    The world's wealthiest people can, and often do, surround themselves with bodyguards, travel in armored cars with bullet-proof glass and live within well-guarded fortresses. Still, no one is completely immune to murderous plots — not even billionaires.

  • Madoff's Key Lieutenant Frank DiPascali Free on Bail Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 3:38 PM ET
    Frank DiPascali

    Frank DiPascali, Bernie Madoff's right-hand man, is free on bail Tuesday after months of incarceration.

  • QUIZ: Mob Movies Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 2:11 PM ET

    Organized crime has been the subject of some of the greatest films ever made, from "Little Caesar" to "The Godfather" and "The Departed." How much do you know about mob movies? Take our quiz and find out.

  • Mob Money: Organized Crime Still Big Business Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 1:55 PM ET
    John Gotti

    While the days of the flamboyant “Dapper Don” are over, New York's  five major crime families—Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese—are still functioning. And more importantly, they’re still making money.

  • World's Most Secretive Businessmen Tuesday, 22 Jun 2010 | 1:24 PM ET
    Vito Genovese got his start in crime by stealing from pushcarts in Manhattan's Lower East Side, according to a 1959 New York Times article. While still a youth, he was running errands for the underworld lieutenants, making connections that would help his climb to power, the article said.It was not until 1959 that Genovese's luck in escaping prison terms ran out. A Federal jury found him guilty of violating narcotics laws and sentenced him to 15 years in jail.Genovese was famously involved in arr

    Organized crime activities bring in a worldwide annual income of between $50 billion and $90 billion according to a 2002 FBI study. Here, we look at some of the most famous mobsters in US history.

  • Strong enforcement presence in the CDO markets is a critical priority of government regulators, Robert Khuzami, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s director of enforcement told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Low-Profile BP Chairman Gets Moment in Spotlight Wednesday, 16 Jun 2010 | 3:35 AM ET

    Carl-Henric Svanberg got a summons to the White House to answer President Obama’s questions about the spill. The NYT reports.

  • Bernie Madoff: F*** My Victims Monday, 7 Jun 2010 | 9:09 AM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    Bernard Madoff, the author of the biggest Ponzi scheme in history, told inmates at the Butner prison where he is serving his 150 years jail sentence that his victims deserved what happened to them, because they were rich and greedy, according to an article in New York Magazine.

  • Lockheed Exec, Former US Attorney to Join Hedge Fund Wednesday, 2 Jun 2010 | 5:57 PM ET
    Lockheed Martin

    Lockheed Martin's General Counsel James Comey is leaving the company to join hedge fund Bridgewater Associates.

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  • "$UDDEN DEATH"/ "HIP HOP HUSTLE" - NCAA basketball coaches are among the victims who get financially slam dunked in a $39 million scam out of Houston. And a wannabe rap star claims he's working with a famous Hollywood star to collect money to produce a movie about his 'gangsta' life. But there is no movie only hip-hop star livin'.

  • With investigators eager to confirm that Joel Salinas is running a $39 million investment fraud, he runs out of options and sets off on a final escape.

  • The $1.5 million raised to produce a movie was a scam. Instead Eric Jagclicic spent investor money on fancy cars, exotic pets, and more.

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