Bernie Madoff manipulated the market for hot cocoa mix at his prison

Even behind bars, Bernie Madoff is still the master of monopolizing people’s money. The business he ran from prison, however, is vastly more legit than the multibillion-dollar con that landed him a 150-year sentence.

According to Steve Fishman, the host of Ponzi Supernova, a new Audible audio series focused on the disgraced former money manager, Madoff found much success steering his talents to the prison supply of Swiss Miss.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Bernie Madoff prison”

“At one point, he cornered the hot chocolate market,” Fishman told MarketWatch. “He bought up every package of Swiss Miss from the commissary and sold it for a profit in the prison yard. … He made it so that, if you wanted any, you had to go through Bernie.”

It seems Madoff’s Swiss Miss-hoarding hasn’t hurt his standing with the other inmates of Butner Prison, the North Carolina correction facility famed for its cushy digs.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Bernie Madoff prison”

“He’s a star in prison. He stole more money than anyone in history, and to other thieves, this makes him a hero,” said Fishman, a journalist who spoke with Madoff extensively for pieces like this one in New York Magazine.

He told MarketWatch that Madoff’s fellow yardbirds routinely consult the infamous inmate on stock purchases and other financial advice.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Bernie Madoff”

This special status isn’t new. In 2011, his daughter-in-law Stephanie Madoff Mack revealed that she had sent Madoff a bitter letter explaining all the things he was missing out on.

He responded, she said, by explaining he was “quite the celebrity,” and that other inmates treated him like a Mafia don, calling him “Uncle Bernie” or “Mr. Madoff.”

Képtalálat a következőre: „Bernie Madoff prison”

“I can’t walk anywhere without someone shouting their greetings and encouragement, to keep my spirit up,” Madoff reportedly wrote to her. “It’s really quite sweet, how concerned everyone is about my well being.”

Madoff Mack came forward about the letters the year after her husband, Bernie Madoff’s eldest son, committed suicide.

Malta raises alarm on Russia in Libya

A Russia-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned.

The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told press in Valletta on Friday (12 January).

Fall of Gaddafi in 2011 led to the lawless situation in Libya (Photo: Martin Beek)

“Haftar with his army is moving gradually, slowly from the east to the west … and possibly, eventually linking up with his colleagues from the west, from Zintane, and advancing in a pincer movement on the region of Bani Walid, and Misrata, and Tripoli”, Vella said.

“That would be disastrous, because it would create civil war and it would create more refugees running away from Libya”, he said.

Vella raised the alarm about Haftar’s close contacts with Russia.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Khalifa Haftar”

He said Russia had so far respected a UN embargo on weapons transfers to Libya, even though Haftar had been “going to Moscow asking for arms”.

He said that Russia, which has already given Haftar money, had a strategic interest in establishing a foothold in the central Mediterranean.

“It’s very difficult to predict what is going to happen”, Vella said.

“I’m not comfortable. We all know the Russians’ dreams have always been to have [military] bases in the Mediterranean”, he said.

Képtalálat a következőre: „lybia”

Haftar, on Thursday, toured Russia’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, as it was sailing from Syria and held a video call with Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu.

They discussed “urgent issues in the fight against international terrorist groups in the Middle East”, a Russian statement said.

Collapsing state

The EU, with the Maltese presidency at its helm for now, is seeking to strike a deal with the Libyan government in Tripoli, the GNA, on reducing the flow of migrants to Europe.

Libya became the primary route for asylum seekers after the EU closed the Western Balkan corridor, with the refugee crisis high on the political agenda in France and Germany.

Képtalálat a következőre: „lybia”

But even without the Haftar problem, the EU was finding it hard to make headway.

Another warlord, Khalifa Ghwell, tried to stage an anti-GNA coup in Tripoli on Thursday, highlighting the difficult security situation.

“At the moment, things are not happy in Tripoli itself,” Malta’s Vella said on Friday.

“Libya is on brink of becoming a failed state, lets hope we won’t go that far”, he said.

He added that the GNA and Italy had held talks on a potential migrant deal but that they “are far, far apart” on their positions.

Képtalálat a következőre: „lybia”

Russia and Syria

Valla spoke with the UN-recognised prime minister Fayez Seraj on Thursday.

Foreign ministers meeting in Brussels for the first time in 2017 aim to focus on the war in Syria and on the Middle East Peace Process.

An EU diplomat said “there will be debate about Russia’s role in the Syrian conflict … but no specific debate on Russia itself”. He said Libya “should be” discussed in February.

Russia has been accused of war crimes for targeting civilians and hospitals in Syria.

It is fighting on the side of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, who has allowed it to expand its naval base in the country.

Képtalálat a következőre: „lybia”

Russia’s campaign in Syria last year also drew accusations that it was trying to influence politics in France and Germany by increasing refugee flows.

Speaking in Brussels on Friday, the departing US ambassador to the EU, Andrew Gardner, said Russia was not a partner for the West.

“To think that Russia is somehow seeking to promote our shared agenda is folly”, he said.

He added that it would be “inconceivable and shameful if we would consider lightening sanctions on Russia”, referring to EU and US economic sanctions that were imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Képtalálat a következőre: „lybia”

Trump card

The incoming US president, Donald Trump, is a wild card in Russia relations, however.

He has praised Russia, but his nominees for US security chiefs have condemned its actions.

Another EU priority is to see where Trump stands on the Middle East peace process.

Trump has said he might move the US embassy from Tel Aviv, Israel’s internationally-recognised capital, to Jerusalem, which it claimed by conquest from Palestine.

“If he does all the threats he said he would, he will not just violate EU policy but also international order”, a senior EU diplomat said on Trump’s unpredictability.

Cops charge 23-year-old Bronx suspect with murdering well-known gay club owner after romantic rendezvous

“It’s the happiest thing I’ve heard, ever,” Louie G said.

The accused killer had five prior arrests, for robbery and grand larceny, police said. He was ordered held without bail at his arraignment late Friday and is due back in court Jan. 18.

“He was a very normal guy who we knew had a previous record,” Louie G said. “He didn’t seem like a threat to anyone, but people change.”

Zabar had owned and managed the Latin gay club Escuelita on W. 39th St. until it closed last February.

A larger memorial service with friends and family will be held for Zabar in about two weeks, Louie G said.

Zabar, who was known to his friends as “Big Ben” was buried Friday morning on Staten Island, said his assistant, Louie G.

The popular nightclub owner’s mother and brother had flown in from Israel for the funeral, and were greeted by detectives with news of King’s arrest when they returned to Zabar’s apartment.

Police charged a Bronx man Friday with murdering the owner of a prominent Midtown gay nightclub.

Daquan King, 23, strangled 54-year-old Savyon Zabar after a late-night romantic encounter inside Zabar’s Upper West Side apartment went sour, police said.

Zabar’s roommates discovered him lying face up on his bed inside the fourth-floor apartment on W. 81st St. near Amsterdam Ave. at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, cops said.

Detectives identified King as a suspect early on and he was hiding out at a relative’s house in the Bronx, where police nabbed him Friday morning, sources said.

Heroin-dealing ex-NYPD cop gets four-year sentence

A heroin-dealing ex-cop — who was arrested three times in a year — was sentenced Friday to four years behind bars.

A Staten Island judge handed the stiff sentence to Stacey Staniland, 30, after she was kicked out of a court-ordered rehab center for selling drugs to other patients, officials said.

Staniland was assigned to the 122nd Precinct last year when cops busted her repeatedly for heroin possession — and once for a wild motorcycle crash.

She resigned from the force in July.

Ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele was so troubled by findings on Donald Trump that he worked for free: report

The former British spy who compiled the unverified dossier on Donald Trump got so concerned by what he was learning about the President-elect that he worked without pay for months, according to a report.

Christopher Steele, a respected ex-MI6 agent, rocked the geopolitical landscape when a 35-page document he’d written on Trump’s alleged ties to the Kremlin was published in full earlier this week.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Christopher Steele, a respected ex-MI6 agent”

The document, which cannot be corroborated by the Daily News, contains salacious claims that Russian operatives collected damaging and sexually explicit information on Trump in order to blackmail him into obedience.

Initially, Steele was working on behalf of Trump’s Republican opponents and later for Democrats, but after Election Day, those employers were no longer interested. Instead, Steele began disseminating his findings to both British and American intelligence officials pro bono, as he reasoned that this matter was of national security concern for both parties, security sources told The Independent on Saturday.

Steele grew frustrated over the U.S. intelligence community’s apparent lack of action, and suspected that there was somebody on the inside blocking a thorough inquiry into Trump’s record, instead focusing on the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, sources said.

Glenn Simpson, a former investigative reporter with the Wall Street Journal, reportedly felt the same way about Steele’s findings and joined him in his unprofitable crusade, according to people familiar with the matter.

Simpson — who runs the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS — was contracted by some of Trump’s Republican opponents in September 2015 and sources said he and Steele began working together last July.

Over the course of that summer, Steele sent out several memos to both the MI6 and the FBI and eventually compiled the information into the dossier published earlier this week. But he wasn’t making any headway — particularly not with the FBI’s New York office, which he claims seemed intent on focusing all its energy on Clinton’s email scandal.

In October, a disheartened Steele spoke to the Washington editor of Mother Jones about his findings, temporarily sparking a thread of public interest that quickly subsided.

After the election, Steele and Simpson doubled down on their efforts, hoping that the U.S. intelligence community’s consensus on Russia having interfered in the 2016 election would prompt further interest in their findings.

Donald Trump has vehemently denied the allegations outlined in the unverified dossier. 

It was at that point that Andrew Wood, a former British ambassador to Moscow, spoke with Arizona Sen. John McCain at a security conference in Canada. Wood told McCain about the dossier, which concerned the longtime senator to the point that he alerted the FBI about it immediately.

Trump and President Obama were subsequently briefed on the dossier’s content as part of a larger intelligence report on Russia’s alleged interference in the election. The President-elect kept mum about it until the damning document was published in full, and has since denounced it as “fake news.”

Simpson’s current whereabouts were not immediately known and he did not return a request for comment from the Daily News.

Steele, meanwhile, has reportedly gone into hiding, telling British media outlets earlier this week that he is “terrified for his safety.”

Ex-Miss Hungary claims married Donald Trump invited her to his Moscow hotel room

Watch how Donald Trump ‘invited ex-Miss Hungary to his Moscow hotel room in 2013

A married Donald Trump supposedly invited a Hungarian beauty queen to his hotel room after attending the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, according to a newly unearthed interview that has surfaced amid the publication of an unverified dossier alleging that the President-elect engaged in “perverted” sexual acts during the very same trip.

Former Miss Hungary Kata Sarka, 30, told a reality show host last May that she was attending a pageant after-party when a man surrounded by bodyguards approached her.

Sarka said that she kept the business card and showed it to a Hungarian tabloid, which published a photograph of the card

“We were in Russia, at the final for the Miss Universe and then a man approached me and grabbed my hand, drew me to himself, and asked ‘Who are you?'” Sarka told Kasza Tibor, the host of a Hungarian show that resembles the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on CBS. “He asked in English and I was so embarrassed, I will tell you shortly who he is, I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t say anything else but ‘Hungary!'”

Sarka said Trump,

“Hungary,” Tibor laughed in response. “You’re so lame!”

“And then he said ‘and why are you here?'” Sarka continued, giggling. “And he gave me his business card with his private number and told me in which hotel and which room he is staying in. And his name is Donald Trump.”

Trump, who had been married to his third wife, Melania, for eight years at the time, is under scrutiny over an unverified 35-page document that claims the Russian operatives gathered damaging information on the President-elect during the 2013 Moscow visit.

Képtalálat a következőre: „Ex-Miss Hungary”

The information, which cannot be corroborated by the Daily News, allegedly includes video recordings of “perverted sex acts” at a ritzy hotel room that would have been used to blackmail Trump into cooperating with the Kremlin.

Sarka (above) is a 30-year-old model who was once crowned Miss Hungary

The President-elect and his team have vehemently denied the allegations outlined in the dossier and did not immediately return a request for comment on Sarka’s interview.

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata”

After Trump’s election, Sarka told the Hungarian tabloid Blikk that she saved the President-elect’s golden-hued business card, and allowed a photographer for the paper to take a picture of it.

Sarka told Blikk that she never took Trump up on his offer to join him in his hotel room.

When asked why, she responded, “He’s not my type.”

Meet Kata Sarka, A Hungarian Beauty Queen who Dated Donald Trump at Moscow Hotel Room back in 2013

Watch how Donald Trump ‘invited ex-Miss Hungary to his Moscow hotel room in 2013

Kata Sarka made the claim about the 2013 encounter last May on Kasza Taxi, an interview show in the style of “Carpool Karaoke.”

‘He asked in English. Then, I was so surprised, I'll tell you who it was in a moment, I was so surprised that I couldn't say anything except 'Hungary,'" she said

A Hungarian beauty queen and celebrity says that she was once courted by the man who would go on to be president-elect of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

Former Miss Hungary Kata Sarka first made the claim in May 2016 during an episode of Kasza Taxi, a Hungarian interview show that resembles an Eastern European version of the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on the US’s Late Late Show With James Corden.

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata bikini”

In between songs, Sarka offered up that during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, held in Moscow, a man surrounded by bodyguards approached her.

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata 2013 moszkva”

“He grabbed my hand like this,” she told host Kasza Tibor. “He was standing in the middle of a group of bodyguards, he grabbed my hand, he pulled me towards himself, and he asked, ‘Who are you?’

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata bikini”

He asked in English. Then, I was so surprised, I’ll tell you who it was in a moment, I was so surprised that I couldn’t say anything except ‘Hungary.’”

“’Hungary,’” Tibor repeated, laughing. “You’re so lame!”

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata 2013 moszkva”

“He gave me his business card with his private number, and he told me in which hotel, which room he was staying in, and that his name is Donald Trump,” Sarka continued.

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata bikini”

The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the claim. But Trump indeed was in Moscow for the pageant, whose managing company he owned from 1996 to 2015, a fact that he tweeted about at the time.

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata bikini”

His visit to Russia also provided some of the most lurid details in an unverified set of documents alleging deep ties between the president-elect and Russia.

Sarka said, according to the Budapest Business Journal, she was there both as a contestant and “as the CEO of Magyarország Szépe Kft., the company then responsible for the Miss Universe Hungary pageant.”

Képtalálat a következőre: „sarka kata bikini”

“By the way, I still have the business card,” she said on Kasza Taxi, before moving on to the next song.

Sarka later provided what she said was a picture of the card Trump handed her to Hungarian tabloid Blikk.

“He’s not my type,” she said in the November interview.

Via BuzzFeed

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