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Oct 17, 2012

Ex-Swiss banker may be helping US in tax probe-lawyers

Oct 17 (Reuters) – A former Swiss banker accused of helping
rich Americans dodge taxes may be cooperating with a broad U.S.
government investigation of Swiss banks for providing tax
evasion services, lawyers said on Wednesday.

Speculation that Christos Bagios is working with the United
States arose after the ex-employee of Swiss banks Credit Suisse
AG and UBS AG arranged a change-of-plea
hearing following his pleading not-guilty in a U.S. federal
court to new charges of aiding tax evasion.

Oct 17, 2012

Former Swiss banker pleads not guilty to new U.S. tax charges

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – A former Swiss private banker pleaded not guilty in a U.S. federal court on Wednesday to new charges that he helped wealthy U.S. clients evade taxes when he worked at UBS AG.

Christos Bagios, a Greek citizen and Swiss resident, was a senior banker at Swiss bank Credit Suisse AG, a rival of UBS, at the time of his arrest by U.S. authorities in January 2011.

Oct 2, 2012

Venezuelan expats charter planes, buses to vote – in New Orleans

MIAMI (Reuters) – Thousands of Venezuelan expatriates living in the United States are so eager to see President Hugo Chavez ousted from power that they plan to travel to New Orleans this week to vote against him.

“It’s a small price to pay,” said Jesus Lopez, a Venezuelan financial adviser who lives in Miami and says he will pay more than $500 to go and vote. “If I had to sell my watch, even the shirt off my back, to make this trip, I wouldn’t think twice.”

Jul 14, 2012

Zimmerman seeks new judge in murder trial

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Florida man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked for a new judge in his case on Friday, accusing the current judge of bias.

Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed a motion requesting that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester withdraw from the trial.

Jul 13, 2012

Trayvon Martin’s killer seeks new judge in murder case

MIAMI (Reuters) – The Florida man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin asked for a new judge in his case on Friday, accusing the current judge of bias.

Lawyers for George Zimmerman filed a motion requesting that Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester withdraw from the trial.

Jul 12, 2012

No evidence Trayvon Martin’s shooter is racist: FBI interviews

MIAMI/ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) – FBI interviews of dozens of friends, coworkers and neighbors of George Zimmerman found no evidence that the accused murderer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin was a racist, according to new documents released on Thursday.

The reports from the FBI were among a new collection of evidence, including crime scene photos, bank surveillance videos and other documents, that were released by Florida’s state attorney’s office in the racially charged case.

Jul 11, 2012

Ex-Haiti official sentenced in telecom bribery probe

MIAMI (Reuters) – A former executive at Haiti’s state-owned telecommunications company has been sentenced to a year in prison for accepting bribes from two U.S. companies awarded lucrative long-distance phone contracts in the poor Caribbean country.

Patrick Joseph, the former director general of Haiti Teleco, pleaded guilty to bribery charges in February. Court documents show he is cooperating with U.S. authorities in a high-profile probe involving several former officials who served under former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Jul 3, 2012

Florida man pleads not guilty in Venezuela military parts case

MIAMI (Reuters) – The owner of a Florida company pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges he illegally exported aircraft parts to Venezuela’s military in a probe that has also led to charges against a former Venezuelan Air Force officer and two other men.

Kirk Drellich, president of SkyHigh Accessories, Inc., based in Davie, Florida, faces up to five years in jail and a fine of $250,000 if found guilty.

Jun 26, 2012

Trayvon Martin’s killer never identified himself: police

MIAMI (Reuters) – George Zimmerman, the man charged in the killing of Trayvon Martin, failed on at least two opportunities to identify himself as a neighborhood watch volunteer before he shot the unarmed teenager, a police investigator wrote in a report made public on Tuesday.

Pages of the report were among a batch of new evidence released in the case by Florida’s state attorney’s office. The records included video and audio recordings of Zimmerman and written statements by him and police.

Jun 26, 2012

Debby threatens more floods, tornadoes in Florida

MIAMI (Reuters) – Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby buffeted parts of Florida with driving rains and high winds on Monday, and threatened more flooding and tornadoes on Tuesday as it hovered off the state’s northern Gulf of Mexico coast.

With tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 240 miles from its center off the northwest coastal town of Apalachicola late Monday night, forecasters said Debby menaced a broad swath of inland territory with flash floods.