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Many individuals in society make mistakes and end up on the wrong side of the law. Normally the people that do are the ones that don’t have a lot at stake or don’t have any connections to the police department. You would typically expect those with billions of dollars to be able to escape prison time, and in most cases, that would be correct.
Every so often, Johnny Law doesn’t care how much you are worth and how much you are willing to throw around to avoid jail. The Taxman also doesn’t care, and he’s going to get his money either way. Not all billionaires are built the same— some of them have gone to jail for cheating people out of millions of dollars, while others just got too drunk and made the bad decision to drive. Somehow, there is a billionaire on this list who could have easily afforded his own limo company ten times over and yet still decided to drive home drunk.We found 10 billionaires that have been sent to jail for the kind of bad behavior that you would expect from someone with a negative net worth. These guys (yes, men only on this list) fought the law and the law won! What did they all do to make the law so mad? Check out this list to see what these billionaire bad boys did to get themselves behind bars.

#10 – Wong Kwong Yu ($1.55 Billion)

We start the list in China where Wong Kwong Yu was recognized as the richest man in the country in 2006. With the largest population in the world, that’s really saying something. Yu was the master of retail electronics in China, but got busted when he started making excessive money.

Turns out his key to success wasn’t an ancient Chinese guarded secret. It was instead just a bunch of insider trading and attempts to pay off law enforcement officials. Yu got sentenced to 14 years in prison as a result and made a six figure profit on his inside trade. After getting popped, Yu tried to spend $750,000 to get people to look the other way. Spoiler alert: They refused.



#9 – Jim Irsay ($1.6 Billion)

Jim Irsay is one of the most outspoken owners in the US sporting arena, and is the current CEO of the Indianapolis Colts. One Sunday night, Irsay was driving from Indianapolis back to his home in the suburb of Carmel, Indiana. Due to his erratic driving and suspicious actions on the road, the boys in blue decided to pull Irsay over.

What police found was a little more than what they were expecting. Irsay was lit out of his mind and prescription drugs were found in his expensive car. Irsay had to go to jail, and the NFL wasn’t too happy with him. Irsay was suspended for half of the season, which is a shame because the Colts are actually a fun team to watch thanks to Andrew Luck the quarterback.



#8 – Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana ($1.65 Billion)

Dolce and Gabbana are two of the most recognizable names in all of fashion. They are also two of the most recognizable names in all of tax evasion. Italy was going through a recession and started busting down on those that dodged their taxes, and Dolce and Gabbana were public enemy number one.

Despite being very successful, the fashion duo wanted to be more successful and made a phony company to sell to a company in Luxembourg. That sale allowed them to save half a billion in taxes outside of Italy. Now they owe $1 billion in taxes and fees to the court for breaking the law. At least they will be the best dressed in prison.




#7 – Allen Stanford ($2.2 Billion)

Allen Stanford the con man became a billionaire in the finance game, but he did so by cheating & conning everyone he ever worked with. The judge was a little miffed during the case and sentenced him to 110 years in prison. The prosecutors accepted that, but initially wanted more than 200 years for Stanford. Not that it really matters, since nobody has lived to see 170 years.

Stanford was the conductor of a ponzi scheme that promised huge returns on investments. Stanford duped the young, the old, the smart, the foolish and everyone in between. The billions that he took from people made him wealthy, but he didn’t get to enjoy it for very long. Every dog has its day, but time caught up to him eventually. Unfortunately, Stanford can’t repay all of the money he stole, so the folks he screwed have to cut their losses.


#6 – Chey Tae-won ($2.5 Billion)

People with a lot of money are known to be maybe just a little eccentric, but Tae-Won might take the cake in terms of crazy. After visiting a fortune teller, and hiring him to become the asset manager of his company, Tae-Won took money from his own company to help the Shaman.

The investment in the mystical person was not met with a lot of foresight, since he jetted out of the country with $50 million of his money. The shareholders weren’t too happy that the company they invested in was suddenly without funds & broke and Tae-Won was wanted for embezzlement. The  Chinese authorities decided that his goofy act was worth at least four years in prison, which the fortune teller did not tell him about, for obvious reasons.



#5 – Bernie Ecclestone ($4.2 Billion)

Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One empire have achieved international popularity. That still hasn’t stopped Ecclestone from trying to make more money through selling some of his shares, but he went about it the wrong way. Ecclestone decided to bribe an investment banker for a guarantee that the bank would let him stay in charge even after selling their stake.

That’s not how things work, and the bribe that was accepted put the investment banker in prison for over eight years. Ecclestone has cried foul and said that he was blackmailed, but not a lot of people are buying it and his day in court is upcoming. It looks like it will be hard for Ecclestone to get out of this one if he doesn’t offer another bribe.



#4 – Joseph Lau ($8.4 Billion)

The story of Lau is almost identical to that of the Kwok brothers later on in this list. Also in Hong Kong, Lau was found guilty for attempting to pay more than $2 million to the government public works head of staff for some land deals. It probably happens there all the time, but only a few guys have gotten caught.

Lau had to give up his company and spend more than five years in jail. The good news for Lau is that he is from the country of Macau. Hong Kong and Macau aren’t the best of friends, so Lau isn’t really in danger of being sent back to the country. Still, the whole fiasco is a cautionary tale that the Kwok brothers probably should have paid some attaention to.




#3 – Vladimir Yevtushenkov ($9 Billion)

Vladimir-YevtushenkovRarely do you become one of the richest businessmen in the entire nation of Russia without pulling a few strings and cutting a few corners. That’s exactly what oligarch Yevtushenkov did in 2014 to get arrested for money laundering. Is it really that big of a surprise? For the head of an oil company to be a greedy cheater?

Not only did Vladimir have to do some prison time, but the Kremlin also took his assets in the oil company. After looking at the oil prices in January 2015 and the fact that it’s about $1.60 a gallon in the United States, Vladimir may have lucked out after all. Russia’s oil market had been in shambles in 2014, and a lot of people are happy about it.




#2 – Silvio Berlusconi ($9 Billion)

Berlusconi will not be confused with a good or pious man anytime soon. Despite being in his late 70’s, Berlusconi got busted by law enforcement on two different charges. The first is just your run of the mill tax fraud that billionaires seem to be attracted to, but the second was a little puzzling. Berlusconi was also charged and found guilty of sex with an underage prostitute nicknamed “The Heart Stealer”.

There are still three more charges that are awaiting trial, including defamation, wiretapping and bribery. The old weasel made his money by buying rights to television shows and movies during the 1980’s. The tax gymnastics he did with his company netted him a lot of dodgey money, so he had a price to pay.



#1 – Thomas & Raymond Kwok ($12.6 Billion)

Hong Kong is a place with big money at the top, and the Kwok brothers decided they wanted more and more despite being multi billionaires already. Insider information is hard to come by, and the Kwok brothers were willing to cough up $$$ for it. The problem is that you can’t do that without some retribution.

These two ‘dodgey brothers’ wanted some private information on land sales that were pending to stay ahead of the curve. That was bad enough, but the Kwok’s were also accused of bribing a chief secretary to look the other way. The chief secretary is the second in charge in Hong Kong, which obviously had the number one guy a little jealous that he wasn’t getting a piece of the action and the charges were brought in hard.



When 16-year-old Skylar Neese snuck out of her Star City, W.Va., home after midnight on July 6, 2012, she never returned.

Six months after her disappearance, one of Neese’s best friends from high school, Rachel Shoaf confessed to authorities that she had stabbed Neese to death with their other friend, Sheila Eddy, and then led police to Neese’s remains in a wooded area over the Pennsylvania state line.

On Jan. 24, 2014, Eddy pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for her role in Skylar’s death and was sentenced to life in prison. Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years the following month. Both were charged as adults.

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In this Facebook photo together, Skylar Neese, on the right, is pictured with best friends Sheila Eddy, in the middle, and Rachel Shoaf, on the left. (Facebook)

From Best Friends to Killers: Teens Murder Friend Because They ‘Didn’t Like Her’

Prior to Shoaf’s confession, Neese’s parents and the police had frantically searched for answers in her disappearance. Up until that point, Shoaf and Eddy, the last people to see Neese alive, had denied knowing what had happened to their friend.

The three high school sophomores had been inseparable, but in the days leading up to her death, Neese’s Twitter account showed that something had gone awry. On July 4, 2012, two days before she was murdered, Neese tweeted “it really doesn’t take much to p*** me off” and “sick of being at f****** home. Thanks “friends,” love hanging out with you all too.” The day before she was killed, Neese tweeted, “you doing s*** like that is why I can NEVER completely trust you.”

Neese’s last tweet, sent out hours before she snuck out of her bedroom window after midnight on July 6, 2012, was a retweet from a friend who had posted, “All I do is hope.”

Before the truth about Neese’s disappearance was revealed, Sheila Eddy remained active on social media, tweeting regularly about her thoughts and day-to-day activities as authorities searched for her “missing” friend. In hindsight of Neese’s murder, several of the posts from Eddy seem disturbing.

Eddy’s first tweet on July 7, 2012, the day after she and Shoaf killed Neese, was message to a friend wishing her a happy birthday.

happpy birthdayy @young_muffintop!

Brothers for life Gang founder Bassam Hamzy

gets hits done & drug dealings from jail

Bassam Hamzy. CRIMINAL image

One of Australia’s most notorious criminals was in a maximum-security prison after being jailed for murder when he organised for gunmen to open fire on a Melbourne house over a $45,000 drug debt, a court has heard. Extraordinary evidence from intercepted phone calls has been given in the County Court about the involvement of Bassam Hamzy – founder of vicious Sydney street gang Brothers 4 Life – in the drive-by shooting of a house in Meadow Heights. Hamzy was jailed for life in 2002 for the shooting murder of Kris Toumazis at a Sydney nightclub in 1998 and was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness due to give evidence against him.

He was serving his sentence at the Lithgow maximum-security prison in New South Wales when it was discovered in 2008 that he had been using an illegal mobile phone to make more than 400 calls a day to run a $250,000-a-week drug ring, arrange kidnappings and co-ordinate the Brothers 4 Life gang. Hamzy has since been moved to Goulburn’s Supermax jail. The County Court was told on Friday that Hamed Ajaj, 27, and Abdulgini Klink, 24, both of Sydney, were found guilty by a jury last month of two charges of reckless conduct endangering life after being present when two gunmen fired 12 shots at the Meadow Heights house at about 12.50am on May 25, 2008. Imran Allouche, 32, of Fawkner, a former “ice” addict who was not present during the drive-by shooting, pleaded guilty to reckless conduct endangering serious injury after admitting taking part in a joint criminal enterprise involving the drive-by shooting.

He had supplied the two guns and the ammunition used in the shooting, and the Meadow Heights address. Judge James Parrish jailed Ajaj and Klink for a year but Allouche, who has turned his life around, walked free after receiving a wholly suspended one-year jail term. Crown prosecutor Damien Hannan had told the court that Allouche, by May 23, 2008, owed significant amounts of money to Hamzy for drugs Allouche had on-sold to people in Melbourne. Allouche, who was not having much success collecting the drug debts, was in constant contact with Hamzy before becoming aware the “boys” would be coming down to Melbourne from Sydney to help out. Allouche cautioned Hamzy that things had to be done slowly and his way, as he was familiar with how things worked in Melbourne. He boasted to Hamzy how he had spent $36,000 on six firearms. At 7.14pm on May 23, Allouche was recorded telling Hamzy that a drug debtor, “Daniel”, had pulled out a gun when approached at his house. Allouche tells Hamzy that “Daniel” or “Woody” owed $45,000. Allouche, who is upset and possibly crying on the phone, speaks to Hamzy less than an hour later trying to explain how despite his best efforts, his drug debtors have not paid him.

He asks Hamzy for two days to sleep but Hamzy makes it clear that he and “the boys” are going to take over the debt collecting for Allouche. On May 24 at 6.22pm Hamzy encourages Allouche to put the “boys” in the hotel [in Melbourne] “to use”. An hour later Allouche agrees to “smashing” and “breaking their toes”, and says he has told an associate to “get the boys from where they are, bring them here, and then we’re doing … that’s where we’re gonna start”.

At 7.53pm, Allouche tells Hamzy, “I want to go to his house, I want to go to his house”, referring to “Woody” who lives at the Meadow Heights house with his parents. Hamzy agrees and cautions him not to leave the car but to make sure “all the toys are good”. Allouche replies, “All right habib”. At 11.13pm, Hamzy tells Allouche on the phone, “I want to spray”. Allouche replies: “They are scumbags … You got to scare him, they don’t get the point”, before telling Hamzy, “I’ll send the boys there now then”. Allouche calls Hamzy nine minutes later trying to buy more time to find a more peaceful solution but a frustrated Hamzy tells him, “Brother, go and shoot hey?”. Woody’s mother and her partner were in the lounge room when the gunmen opened fire but were not injured



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Samuel Walker and Jonathan Lee.

Two men who savagely strangled and beat a Perth drug dealer to death before covering him in acid and burying him in a shallow grave, have had their minimum jail terms increased to 21 years on appeal.

Sam Jacob Walker and Jonathan Robert Lee pleaded guilty to murdering David Houston, 24, in May last year and were sentenced to life in prison with a 12-year minimum.

But prosecutors appealed the sentence claiming it was too lenient, and on Tuesday, the Court of Appeal agreed, increasing the sentence by nine years.

The pair must now serve at least 21 years before becoming eligible for parole.

Justice Carmel McLure said the murder was at the high end of the scale of seriousness.

“The killing of the deceased was intentional, unprovoked, ferocious and sustained, and merciless in its execution,” she said.

David Houston's body was found in a shallow grave near Binningup on June 2 after he went missing on May 11, 2012.
David Houston’s body was found in a shallow grave near Binningup on June 2, 2012, after he went missing three weeks’ earlier.

“It is further aggravated by the fact that the offence was committed in company against a defenceless, unsuspecting victim, and deliberate steps were taken to conceal the crime.

“Their capacity to behave with such savagery and detachment cannot be laid solely at the door of their methylamphetamine-fuelled intoxication.”

The court heard Walker, then aged 26, told Lee’s girlfriend: “I’m going to kill David.”

The woman took Lee, then aged 23, into the bathroom where they had sex. Upon hearing Mr Houston scream, they went out into the kitchen area where they found Walker choking the victim.

Lee then began kicking and stomping on Mr Houston’s head and chest, causing one eye to bulge out of its socket.

Believing they had killed Mr Houston, the men dragged his body to the shower but Mr Houston regained consciousness, prompting Lee to kick him again.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Houston had severe head and chest injuries, but died from neck compression.

The men then wrapped the body in a barbecue cover and Walker drove the corpse to a remote site where it was buried with acid.

Police later used the vehicle’s GPS to find the body near the coastal town of Binningup, 130 kilometres south of Perth.




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Prison psychologist accused

of making false rape claim

She split her own lip with a pin, scraped her knuckles with sandpaper and had her friend punch her in the face. US investigators say she even ripped open her blouse, then wet her pants to give the appearance she had been knocked unconscious.

But it was all part of what authorities say was an elaborate hoax by the woman to convince her husband she was raped so they could move to a safer neighbourhood.

Charges filed by the Sacramento County district attorney allege Laurie Ann Martinez, a prison psychologist, conspired with the friend to create the appearance that she was beaten, robbed and raped by a stranger in her Sacramento home on April 10.

Ms Martinez, her friend and two co-workers eventually told police the whole thing was a set-up to convince Ms Martinez’s husband that they needed to move from a blighted, high-crime area.

It didn’t work. Instead, the couple filed for divorce six weeks after the incident, according to court records.

“If all you wanted to do is move, there’s other ways than staging a burglary and rape,” said Sacramento police Sergeant Andrew Pettit. “She went to great lengths to make this appear real.”

Ms Martinez, 36, a psychologist for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, reported she had come home that day to find a stranger in her kitchen, authorities said.

“As she tried to run away, the suspect grabbed her and hit her in the face,” court records say in describing what she told police. “She lost consciousness and then when she awoke she found her pants and underwear pulled down to her ankles.”

Missing from her home were two laptop computers, Ms Martinez’s purse, an Xbox video game console, a camera and numerous credit cards that Ms Martinez said the stranger had stolen.

In reality, the items were all at the home of her friend, Nicole April Snyder, authorities allege. Investigators said Ms Martinez had Ms Snyder punch her in the face with boxing gloves they bought for that purpose.

Ms Martinez began crying hysterically when police arrived, according to court papers.

Ms Martinez’s two lawyers in the family court actions, Russell Carlson and Ben Ramsey, did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment. Her husband’s attorneys in the family law case declined to comment.

Ms Martinez was arrested on Monday and freed on $US50,000 bond. There is no record that she has a criminal attorney before her arraignment set for Monday.

Ms Snyder, 33, is charged with the same conspiracy counts, and a warrant has been issued for her arrest. Shelly Orio, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said she had no indication that Ms Snyder had retained an attorney.

If convicted of conspiracy, each woman faces up to three years in prison, Ms Orio said.

Police detectives and crime scene investigators spent hundreds of hours on the case, until one of Ms Martinez’s prison co-workers came forward to say Ms Martinez had been talking at work about faking a crime at her home to persuade her husband to move, Sergeant Pettit said.

“It doesn’t sit well for other women who really are victims, crying wolf,” Sergeant Pettit said.

Ms Martinez had been a psychologist overseeing other mental health workers treating inmates at California State Prison, Sacramento, department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said. The prison east of Sacramento was the scene last week of a fight among more than 150 inmates that sent 11 inmates to outside hospitals.

Ms Thornton said Ms Martinez was redirected to the department’s headquarters in May, when the investigation began, and has had no contact with inmates since then. Ms Thornton said the department was also conducting its own investigation.

Ms Martinez did not immediately return an emailed request for comment left with Ms Thornton.

Robert Kahane, executive officer of the California Board of Psychology, said Ms Martinez’s licence was valid.

However, “we are working diligently to ensure immediate and continued consumer protection as quickly as possible”, he said.


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