Talk about audacity. A woman has admitted to defrauding financial group ING out of over $56 million, in what's being called the largest embezzlement fraud case by a single individual in Australia's history.
Rajina Rita Subramaniam, 41, siphoned $56 million (in U.S. currency) from ING coffers, which she deposited into private accounts to fund her extravagant lifestyle. The former senior accountant for ING is accused of spending millions of dollars on cars, homes, jewelry, high end clothing, shoes, bags, exotic trips and Michael Jackson memorabilia.
When she was arrested, police recovered a haul of expensive merchandise purchased by Subramaniam, including 600 pieces of jewelry from exclusive lines such as Bulgari, Tag Heuer and Tiffany & Co.; 200 Chanel products including clothing, perfume and makeup, tailored clothing by Hugo Boss and Armani, Mont Blanc stationary and a $600 bottle of Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon champagne.
She allegedly spent more than $16 million on jewelry purchases at Paspaley Pearls jewelry store alone.
ING Group is a global asset management organization with over 54 billion in reported revenue in 2010.
Subramaniam's 20-year web of deceit unraveled in 2009 when suspicious high end retailers complained to ING about Ms. Subramaniam's extravagant million-dollar purchases.
According to published reports, Beyonce will appear as a judge on U.K.'s X Factor alongside her former band member, X Factor judge Kelly Rowland.
Kelly is a Superstar in England, and she actually overshadows Beyonce in terms of popularity in the U.K. This will be a very humbling experience for the former Destiny's Child lead singer.
Bey, as her Stans affectionately call her, will help choose contestants with Kelly at the Judges' Houses stage of the competition. Beyonce will also perform at the Glastonbury music festival with fellow headliners, Coldplay and U2.
Actress Vivica A. Fox, 47, visited the set of AccessHollywood yesterday for an in-depth interview about her upcoming projects and her marriage to her fiance Slim, 27. Vivica looks hawter than ever!
"Daddy did good," said Vivica while flashing her gleaming engagement rock for the cameras. "That's about 8 carats right there," she gloats. "If you can't come any better than this, BAM! Keep it moving!"
I wouldn't mind seeing Vivica on an episode of VH1's new series "Single Ladies" with LisaRaye McCoy.
Accoding to the Huffington Post, former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced his resignation from Congress.
Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced at a press conference Thursday that he is resigning from Congress, making him the first congressman whose career was wrecked by indiscretions on Twitter.
Weiner, who mistakenly tweeted a photo of his underwear-clad erection last month and then lied to cover it up, had been under escalating pressure to quit as one embarrassing revelation after another came to light. The New York Times was first to report on Thursday that he had succumbed to that pressure.
It's over folks! Keep it moving. There's nothing to see here...
Singer Alicia Keys, 30, and music producer Swizz Beatz, 32, display their deep love and affection for each other at the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball dinner at Camden Roundhouse in London yesterday. Alicia doesn't care that strangers are still angry at her for breaking up Swizz Beats' marriage to VIBE writer Mashonda. No one knows the true story of how she and Swizz came to be together.
"We didn't start seeing each other until months after they had separated," said Keys in a recent interview.
Alicia and Swizz, real name Kasseem Dean, wed in July of last year on the French island of Corsica while she was six months pregnant with their first child, Egypt. Another factor in the breakup of Swizz's marriage was a fling with a British woman who gave birth to his only daughter, Nicole, now 3.
Tupac Amaru Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in East Harlem on June 16, 1971. He died on September 13, 1996 in a Las Vegas hospital after undergoing surgery for multiple gunshot wounds. Tupac would have been 40 today.
Yesterday, a convicted murderer serving life in prison claimed he shot Tupac in an earlier robbery in New York in 1994.
According to AllHipHop.com, Dexter Isaacs claims he was hired by industry veteran Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond to rob and kill Tupac.
Supposedly Henchman gave Isaac $2,500 to do the job. By coincidence, Isaacs was convicted of killing a Brooklyn taxi driver in a murder-for-hire plot that was arranged by the taxi driver's wife.
Rosemond, who once managed rappers The Game, Shyne and Too $hort, is on the lam from the law in NY where he's wanted on federal narcotics charges.
Isaac is hinting that he may implicate Sean "Puffy" Combs in Tupac's shooting and robbery as well. Although Isaac claims to have evidence in the form of a gold chain that he snatched from Tupac during the robbery, he has yet to produce that chain.
"Dexter Isaac is not claiming this 17 years later to clear his conscience. He's doing it because he's told anybody who will listen he doesn't want to die in prison. He has kids and wants to work off his sentence. He can't be trusted."
David Tyree is best known for his spectacular helmet catch that secured the NY Giants victory in Super Bowl XLII. But according to TMZ.com, the ex-Giants receiver, and devout Christian, is coming out against same sex marriage by claiming gay marriage is akin to "anarchy" and threatens the survival of the human species.
Tyree, 31, who is married with four children, including a set of twins, said, "You can't teach something that you don't have ... so two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman."
"How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all the sudden because a minority, an influential minority, has a push or agenda ... and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country."
Tyree made the statements during an interview earlier today with the National Organization for Marriage -- a faith-based anti-gay marriage group.
During the interview, Tyree is asked about the push to legalize gay marriage in the United States -- and says if it happens, "This will be the beginning of our country sliding toward ... it's a strong word, but anarchy."
TMZ reminded their readers that Tyree's statements comes "almost 44 years to the day after interracial marriage was legalized in the United States ... thanks, in part, to the agenda of an influential minority."
How embarrassing for the 2011 NBA champs. You know how the old saying goes: you can take the NBA player out of the hood, but you can't take the hood out of the player.
According to online reports, Dallas Mavericks player Deshawn Stevenson was posterized by the Dallas police department.
He was arrested and charged with public drunkenness yesterday in Dallas.
Not many people outside of Dallas even know who this guy is, so Stevenson made a little name for himself by creating a t-shirt mocking LeBron James of the Miami Heat. The t-shirt read: "HEY LEBRON! HOW'S MY DIRK TASTE?" The jab was a play on the name of his Mavs teammate, Dirk Nowinski.
It looks like LeBron gets the last laugh on Deshawn.
Update: Loyal reader DMisses dug up this little gem about Stevenson getting arrested for statutory rape. Wow, he sounds like a real class act.
Utah Jazz rookie DeShawn Stevenson has been charged with statutory rape for having sex with a 14-year-old girl, a prosecutor said today. Stevenson, a guard who went from high school directly to the NBA last year, was charged last week in Fresno Superior Court, chief deputy district attorney Liz Mitchell said.
The 20-year-old Stevenson, a Fresno native, faces up to three years in state prison if convicted. His whereabouts today were not immediately known. Stevenson is accused of having sex with the girl during a visit to Fresno in the past six weeks, Mitchell said. She didn’t have any other details.
“I didn’t even know he played basketball,” Mitchell said. “I have no idea what he was doing in Fresno.”
This is the second time Stevenson has run into legal troubles since he was drafted in the first round by Utah last year, the 23rd pick overall.
So if that was the second time he got into trouble I wonder what was the first?
Actor Ice-T, and his lovely wife, Coco, attended the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada on Monday. The couple have their own reality show, Ice and Coco, which airs Sundays at 10:30/9:30c on E! Photo: INF PHOTO