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  • Hachette Books: Billion Dollar Whale

    In 2009, a mild-mannered graduate of the Wharton School of Business set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude—“like 100 heist movies strung together” (Matt Taibbi)—and one that would eventually ensnare leading bankers and even threaten the future of investment behemoth Goldman Sachs. The story of “the $5 billion swindle known as 1MDB” would become “a textbook case of financial fraud in the modern age" (New York Times). Over a decade, Jho Low siphoned billions from an investment fund—seemingly under the nose of financial watchdogs. He used the money to purchase luxury real estate, to throw champagne-drenched parties with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton, and even to finance Hollywood films like The Wolf of Wall Street. As his scheme finally unraveled, with his yacht and private jet seized, Low disappeared. Billion Dollar Whale reveals the full story of the financial world’s most unlikely fugitive—a harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the twenty-first century.
  • The Global Heist

    A two-year Wall Street Journal investigation uncovered a $6 billion international scandal, sprawling from Hollywood to Saudi Arabia to the prime minister of Malaysia, through Wall Street banks, white-shoe law firms and holes in the financial system.
  • City Hall Heist

    How a humble city utilities dept. worker stole $1 million from City Hall, with no one noticing. His fellow employees had no idea that mild-mannered "nice guy" Joe Phan was a millionaire and - relying merely on a rubber stamp, an ATM machine and a willing bank - was depositing stolen city checks into his personal account at the rate of more than $360,000 annually. Seattle Weekly dived into the story explaining for the first time who Phan was, how he pulled off a million-dollar heist, and how it could happen again.
  • Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers

    "This book looks at the hidden causes of the retirement crisis in America. While employers blame an aging workforce, global competition and market losses, Retirement Heist demonstrates that employers themselves are largely to blame for the crisis."
  • Blood and Volume: Inside New York's Israeli Mafia

    “Headed by a cold-blooded killer named Johnny Attias, the Israeli mafia butted heads with the Italian mafia, killed Russian gangsters and pulled off the biggest gold heist in the history of Manhattan’s Diamond District.”
  • Hi-Tech Heist

    "60 Minutes showed how hackers easily steal customer personal and financial data from retailers, through stores' wireless systems. And while both the retail industry and the credit card companies know this is a growing problems, they are caught up in a fight as to who's to blame, and who should pay to fix it."
  • The Mother of all Heists

    "At a time when the fledgling Iraqi army was in desperate need of arms and ammunition, at least half a billion dollars was stolen by the very people the U.S. had entrusted to run the Iraqi Ministry of Defense in 2004 and 2005. Under the noses of American and British advisers, hundreds of millions of dollars flowed from the Iraqi treasury into the private accounts of mysterious middlemen. Most of the suspects, including the interim Minister of Defense, managed to flee the country before Iraqi investigators could arrest them."
  • Frankel's Tale Puts Focus on State Regulators: Officials knew that activity was unusual.

    This article tells the story of how vanished financier Martin Frankel masterminded a huge insurance heist under the nose of state regulators. Includes a graphic entitled, "Following the money."
  • The great CEO pay heist, This stuff is wrong, The amazing stock option sleight of hand

    In this three-part series, Fortune examines whether the increasing CEOs' pay is justified, and how the trend affects the business world in general. Part one lists the highest-paid U.S. CEOs and points to six main elements of today's megapay machine. Part two features the opinions of several high-ranking CEOs and consultants, who exchanged their candor for anonymity granted by Fortune. The third part explains how the stock options received by CEOs work, and what is the cost to the corporations and their shareholders.
  • Safe Keeping?

    "Bank robbery has been on the rise in Richmond. What can be done to make us safer?" Richmond magazine's series on local bank robberies details what some area banks are doing to clamp down on the phenomenon. Sidebars on Richmond's robbery record, as well as one on Val Keith Yuen, complete this package.