Corruption

50 US hospitals overcharge uninsured by 1000% – study

50 US hospitals overcharge uninsured by 1000% – study

Fifty US hospitals charged uninsured patients an average of ten times more than they should have to provide medical care in 2012, a new study found. This equates to a patient who’s treatment should have cost $100, having to shell out $1,000. The research, published in Health Affairs, found that all but one of the […]

Sham cancer charities bilked donors for $187 mil, spent money on luxury

Sham cancer charities bilked donors for $187 mil, spent money on luxury

Government regulators have cracked down on four cancer charities, accusing the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, the Children’s Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society of cheating donors out of $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), all 50 states, and the District of Columbia claim that the four foundations fraudulently […]

Pope Francis’ anti-corruption stance agitating mafia – prosecutor

Pope Francis’ anti-corruption stance agitating mafia – prosecutor

The anti-corruption stance of Pope Francis has riled Italy’s powerful mafia groups, according to a prosecutor who specializes in mob cases. State prosecutor Nicola Gratteri – who works in the southern Italian region of Calabria, where the ‘Ndrangheta mafia is active – told the Italian daily Fatto Quotidiano that Francis’ statements on transparency and dismantling […]

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

‘Cannot live with violence that shames Brazil,’ president says as protesters block intl airport

Although Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff pledged to hold dialogue with protesters, there were no signs that the demonstrators, most of whom are students and the middle class, are going to calm down. New demonstrations broke out on Friday, including one that blocked most passengers from entering or leaving the country’s busiest international airport, outside Sao […]

‘1mn died’ from Afghan heroin, drug production ’40 times higher’ since NATO op

‘1mn died’ from Afghan heroin, drug production ’40 times higher’ since NATO op

Heroin production in Afghanistan increased 40 times since NATO began its ‘War on Terror’ in 2001, the head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service stated, adding that more than 1million people have died from Afghan heroin since then. “Afghan heroin has killed more than 1 million people worldwide since the ‘Operation Enduring Freedom’ began and […]

US plans to allow spy agencies to monitor every citizen’s finances – report

US plans to allow spy agencies to monitor every citizen’s finances – report

Washington is reportedly considering opening all US financial records to national intelligence agencies in order to prevent future crimes. Only the FBI has had unlimited access to such databases; other agencies had to file case-by-case requests. The Obama administration is preparing legislation to enable the country’s numerous security and intelligence agencies to spy on the […]

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

Gambling addiction cost San Diego mayor $1 billion

$1 billion in wins at a casino may sound like a jackpot – but not if the losses total $1.13 billion. Former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor became so addicted to gambling that she stole $2.1 million from her late husband’s charity to feed her habit. Now, the former mayor and council member is living […]

Senator Menendez accused of soliciting underage prostitutes

Senator Menendez accused of soliciting underage prostitutes

A letter allegedly written by a Dominican woman claims that Sen. Bob Menendez had sexual relations with prostitutes, attended sex parties, and may have even slept with minors. In an e-mail written nine months ago but published Jan. 31 by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a young Dominican woman claims she […]