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May 20, 2012

Consulting Group of Springhill South Korea - SEOUL - South Korean financial regulators said Thursday they had uncovered the country's biggest insurance fraud, involving more than 1,300 people and three hospitals.

The scam was carried out by 1,361 people including 31 insurance workers, the Financial Supervisory Service said.

Residents of the southern province of Gyeongsang posed as fake patients or exaggerated their illnesses to claim a total of 9.51 billion won ($10.36 million) from insurance firms, it said, adding 893 women were involved.

Last November, police uncovered a similar insurance fraud involving more than 400 people in Taebaek, a mining town in the eastern province of Gangwon.

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Posted: May 20, 2012 8:12pm
May 2, 2012

SLIDEBOOM (GROUP OF SPRINGHILL SOUTH KOREA) - Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter was delighted with the capture of Wallabies star Dean Mumm who has penned a two-year deal at the club.

The south west outfit announced the signing on Monday, with the 28-year-old set to move to the English top flight from New South Wales Waratahs after the conclusion of the current Super 15 season.

The 27-year-old made his Waratahs' debut back in 2004 and has won more than 30 caps for the Australia national side.

He can also operate at flanker but prefers to do his work in the boiler room, and Baxter feels he has everything required to be a massive part of the club's future over the next couple of seasons.

"He's a very good signing for us and a very good player," he told reporters. "He is a back five forward coming into his physical prime.

"We've looked at lot at him and we believe he has got a lot of ingredients that we want him to bring to the club."

Exeter finished eight in their debut season in the Premiership but are currently fifth in the standings this season with just one regular-season game to go.

Victory over Northampton at the weekend would have guaranteed them a play-off berth but the 18-15 defeat means they must now win at Saracens to have any chance of making the top four.

Despite the disappointment, Baxter feels that it is testament to how far the club has come that top players now want to come and ply their trade in Devon.

"Personally, I think it's a great credit to what the players have achieved this season, and where we are as a club right now, that a guy of that standing wants to come and play his rugby here in Exeter," he added.


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Posted: May 2, 2012 6:48pm
May 2, 2012

HUFFINGTONPOST - The British National Party's candidate for mayor of Liverpool has been arrested on suspicion faking signatures on his nomination papers.


Mike Whitby, who is on Thursday's ballot paper for the directly-elected post, was held by police at his home in north Wales on Monday.


Detectives arrived at the house at 7.30am but the candidate refused to co-operate and officer were unable to detain him until around six hours later, the Press Association reported.


Merseyside Police said he remains in custody being questioned over alleged electoral fraud by making false statements and faking signatures on nomination election papers.


Detective Superintendent Martin Andrew, of Merseyside Police, said: "Following an allegation that nomination forms for the mayoral elections had been fraudulently filled in, a police investigation was launched.


"Officers conducted extensive inquiries in the Wavertree area of Liverpool over the weekend and interviewed a significant number of people.


"Following those inquiries and after taking advice from the Crown Prosecution Service, Merseyside police officers attended an address in the Wrexham area of North Wales at 7.30am today to speak to the homeowner about the allegations.


"My officers made repeated attempts to speak to the occupant and, at around 1.30pm today, they arrested a 59-year-old man on suspicion of making false statements and faking signatures on nomination election papers - an offence under Section 65A of the Representation of the People Act.


"The man was taken to a police station in Wrexham where he was interviewed about the allegations.


"He currently remains in police custody."


The complaint was made to Merseyside Police following an investigation by the Liverpool Echo which reported alleged irregularities in Mr Whitby's nomination papers.


A BNP spokesman said Whitby denies the allegations and stands by the names on his nomination form.


He added: "Mike and his wife went to every single one of those people and explained who he was and what he stands for.


"What we have here is a newspaper trying to scupper an election campaign."


There are a total of 12 candidates for mayor in Liverpool this Thursday, including Labour leader Joe Anderson and Liberal Democrat Richard Kemp.


Tony Caldeira is the Conservative candidate. Steve Radford from the Liberal Party and John Coyne for the Green Party are also standing.

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