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Friday, August 19, 2005


NEW YORK POST- CORZINE GAL-PAL LOAN A CRIME: LAWYER  

CORZINE GAL-PAL LOAN A CRIME: LAWYER

PRINCETON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Sen. Jon Corzine, New Jersey's Democratic gubernatorial candidate, committed a federal felony by failing to disclose a half-million-dollar loan he'd made to the powerful union boss who was his girlfriend, a public-interest lawyer charged yesterday.

"There is no 'girlfriend loophole,' " said Bruce Afran, adding that he planned to officially complain to the Senate. "One of the highest-ranking union officers in the state is given a half-million-dollar gift by a sitting U.S. senator. That is precisely the type of transaction the Senate wants to know about."

He said he and his partner were preparing to file a complaint, accusing Corzine of falsifying a disclosure document, with the Senate Ethics Committee.

The crime is punishable by up to five years in federal prison.

Corzine lent $470,000 to Carla Katz, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1034, while the two were dating.

He canceled the mortgage loan around the time he announced his candidacy for governor. The union later endorsed Corzine, who is running against Republican Doug Forrester. AP




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BBC: US CITIZEN HELD ON CHINA SPY CHARGE 



US man held on China spy charge
A US businessman is under arrest in China, accused of spying for Taiwan, according to the US embassy in Beijing.
Xie Chunren, who was born in China, has been kept under house arrest without charge for nearly three months, after his arrest in Sichuan province in May.

Mr Xie's detention is the latest in a series of such cases.

The embassy said it was informed of his detention shortly after his arrest on 31 May, but he had only now agreed to have his case made public.


BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | US man held on China spy charge

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