Friday, November 18, 2005
U. S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has proceeded with indictments against now former director Conrad Black and other former directors of Hollinger International, which once owned many newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times. The indictments allege that Black, formerly a Canadian who gave up his citizenship to sit in the House of Lords, and others concocted plans to describe what would have been taxable payments as non-taxable "non-compete" payments. Fitzgerald also charges that Black billed Hollinger for what should have been personal expenses such as most of the cost of one of his wife's birthday parties. A former associate, David Radler, has been assisting Fitzgerald in building the case against Black. Read more about the charges against Lord Black here in the Globe and Mail.