Friday, December 16, 2005

Lord Black Indicted on Additional Charges

Lord Conrad Black, who was indicted in November on fraud and conspiracy charges related to the alleged diversion of corporate funds from Hollinger International, Inc., was reindicted by a grand jury in Chicago on additional counts that include RICO and obstruction of justice (superseding indictment here).  The obstuction charge relates to Black's alleged removal of 13 boxes of documents from Hollinger's Toronto office, with the help of his chauffeur and an assistant, after being ordered not to remove documents by a Canadian court and being notified of a pending SEC civil case and a discovery request for the documents.  The RICO charge, which is only against Black and not the other three individual defendants, accuses him of operating Hollinger through a pattern of racketeering activity based on the diversion of assets alleged in the earlier indictment.  The RICO charge can be the vehicle for a broad forfeiture order if Black is convicted of the charge.  A press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois (here) discusses the charges, and Black's attorney continues to maintain his client's innocence (see AP story here). (ph)

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