Anna Sorokin, who was accused of posing as a socialite at some of New York City's hottest nightclubs, hotels and even banks, has been convicted of fraud in a trial, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said Thursday. A jury found Sorokin, who went by Anna Delvey, guilty of several felony counts of larceny and four counts of theft of services, a misdemeanor. Sorokin faces up to 15 years in prison on the most serious charge. She is scheduled to be sentenced May 9. Sorokin also faces deportation to Germany because authorities say she overstayed her visa. Under her assumed name, Sorokin deceived friends and financial institutions into believing she had a fortune of about $67 million overseas that would cover her high-end clothing, luxury hotel stays and trans-Atlantic travel. She claimed her father was a diplomat or an oil baron and went to extraordinary lengths to have others pay her way. Prosecutors alleged that she promised one friend an all-expenses paid trip to Morocco but then … [Read more...] about “Fake heiress” Anna Sorokin, accused of bilking New York City’s elite, convicted of fraud
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A self-conducted survey by New Zealand First on the Tax Working Group report is raising questions over whether the party is attempting to get supporters on board with a capital gains tax (CGT). The survey on New Zealand First's website asks 18 questions. Questions include whether respondents support a CGT, whether the current tax system is fair, and which aspects of the report they agree and disagree with. Capital gains tax: Could Winston Peters change his mind? Capital Gains Tax hard sell to public, harder sell to Winston Peters - Tova O'Brien Duncan Garner: Winston Peters could kill off capital gains tax Six of the questions - a third of the survey - is made up of 'Did you know' or 'Are you aware' questions about what the survey describes as existing 'capital gains taxes'. The three taxes, described as 'capital gains tax[es]', are the brightline test on the sale of houses, taxes on people who sell property regularly and tax on the gains on overseas investments. "Are you aware the … [Read more...] about What’s going on with New Zealand First’s capital gains tax survey?
By Trend The US and Azerbaijan have strong partnership, Trend reports citing the new US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Lee Litzenberger. “Over my 34 years as a diplomat, I have served in Afghanistan, Algeria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Serbia. Now I am pleased to come to Azerbaijan. The US and Azerbaijan have a strong partnership. Our countries have worked together for over 25 years in important areas such as security, energy, economic growth and democratic development. As ambassador, I will work to strengthen all aspects of our bilateral relationship and find new areas of cooperation. And I look forward to meeting with people from all walks of life and hearing from many different points of view,” he said. The US Senate has approved Earle (Lee) Litzenberger's candidature, which was proposed by US President Donald Trump, for the position of ambassador to Azerbaijan. At various times, Litzenberger served at the German Marshall Fund, … [Read more...] about New ambassador: U.S., Azerbaijan have strong partnership
The spiralling costs associated with the hospital have created a widespread national discussion. We take a look at what other famous buildings around the world cost the same as - or were even cheaper - Ireland's new National Children's Hospital to build. The Shard, London - €497 millionThe original fixed price for The Shard in London stood at £350 million, but it is reported that the 95-storey skyscraper totalled at almost £435 million on completion. It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano in Southwark, London and is the tallest building in the UK. Burj Khalifa, Dubai - €1.7 billionThe tallest building in the world cost about $1.5 billion to build, making it a match for the new Dublin hospital if its costs hit €1.7 billion. The Burj Khalifa in the UAE took almost five years to build, and it was launched in 2010 as part of a new development called Downtown Dubai. Wembley Stadium, England - €1.5 billionThe home of the English national … [Read more...] about The world-famous buildings that cost the same (or were cheaper) to build than the new National Children’s Hospital
Broadbridge Heath believe retaining their FA Charter Status for another year provides a solid foundation with the club set to open its new home. The Bears’ new home is nearing completion after plenty of delays and is set to grant the village club a new lease of life.Having secured their Charter Status - The FA’s accreditation scheme for grassroots clubs and leagues - is another big boost as the club moves forward into a new era.Heath’s youth development manager Tim Roberts said: “It was important for us to retain our FA Charter Status to make it clear to parents/guardians that we are committed in providing a safe environment to allow their children to participate in competitive and recreational football. “All our coaches must attend a FA safeguarding course and have a valid criminal record check before they are allowed to coach the players.“Each team must have a qualified FA Level One coach - some of our teams have three or even four such coaches - … [Read more...] about Hints new Broadbridge Heath’s ground opening is near as club secures ‘important’ FA Charter Status