Yes inDEEDy, taking great pleasure in the misfortunes of another.
But not just ANY other, oh no! Our formerly Canadian, Lord Black, the Man Who Would-Be Rupert Murdoch: our own, Scrooge, Ken Lay, Charles X and Gordon Gecko wrapped into one and his pretentious harpy of a mate Babs "Marie Antoinette" Amiel.
Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Conrad Black, the onetime press magnate who built Hollinger International Inc. into the world's third-largest publisher of English-language newspapers, was charged with helping steal $51.8 million from the company.Quote has been trimmed
The 61-year-old former chairman and chief executive officer of Hollinger International, along with three former company executives, was accused of wire fraud and mail fraud in an 11- count indictment unsealed in Chicago today. Prosecutors issued a warrant for the arrest of Black, who's been a British lord since 2001. He faces as much as 40 years in jail and $2 million in fines if convicted on all charges.
Black's prosecution is the highest-profile criminal case against a former CEO since the arrests last year of WorldCom Inc.'s Bernard Ebbers and Enron Corp.'s Kenneth Lay. At his peak, Black controlled Britain's Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Jerusalem Post and 60 percent of Canada's dailies, drawing comparisons to News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch.
``Insiders at Hollinger -- all the way to the top of the corporate ladder -- whose job it was to safeguard the shareholders, made it their job to steal and conceal,'' U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, whose office brought the charges, said in a statement.
I'm taking tomorrow off to Christmas shop, and I've already started drinking toasts to the Black Lord and his consort.
Cheers!! Ain't payback a bitch!
For you beer aficionados, that's an ice-cold Creemore Springs Premium Lager in that glass. It only looks like Guinness because of the light!