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FIFA World Cup 2018: Player to watch – Diego Costa

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementDiego da Silva Costa, born on 7 October 1988, is a Brazilian born striker who is currently plying his trade for the Spanish national team. At club level, Costa plays for La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in his second stint after enjoying a three seasons stay at Chelsea. A striker who contains a strong mentality and tempering mindset on the pitch is one of the most feared players in the opposition box.Costa began his international career with Brazil in 2013, appearing only twice for the Selecao in friendlies against Italy and Russia. But during the same year after consideration from the Spanish FA, Diego got approval to change his nationality and to play for Spain. His actual international debut came against Italy but with La Roja. However, Costa faced embarrassment with the national squad in a group stage exit from 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.He will be wanting a reversal this time as his seven goals for the Spanish Armada shows a growing sense of goal scoring hunger as the preparation for his second World Cuplast_img read more

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Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads not guilty in New York

first_imgRead all of our stories on the Liberty Reserve case here.NEW YORK – A man accused of founding an online underworld bank that allegedly laundered $6 billion for criminals, including child pornographers and drug traffickers, pleaded not guilty in New York on Tuesday.Arthur Budovsky, 40, who renounced his U.S. citizenship and acquired Costa Rica nationality in an apparent bid to avoid prosecution, faces a maximum of 30 years in prison if found guilty by a U.S. district court in Manhattan.U.S. prosecutors say he was the “principal founder” of Liberty Reserve, which operated an alternative digital currency that helped cyber criminals around the world distribute, store and launder the proceeds of illegal activity.Budovsky is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transferring business and operation of an unlicensed money transmitting business.In his first U.S. court appearance he pleaded not guilty before district Judge Denise Cote on Tuesday in a 20-minute hearing, four days after he was extradited from Spain.Budovsky, who was arrested in Madrid in May 2013, wore an orange T-shirt and navy overalls, and looked glum, speaking only briefly in response to the judge’s questions.Cote set a trial date for September 21, 2015. U.S. attorney Andrew Goldstein estimated that the trial would last four weeks.Budovksy’s lawyer Steven Frankel made no application for bail.U.S. prosecutors say the Costa Rica-based Liberty Reserve laundered more than $6 billion for criminals between 2006 and 2013.On September 23, Maxim Chukharev, Liberty’s head of technology, pleaded guilty in New York federal court to conspiracy to operate an illegal unlicensed money transmitting business.Budovsky and Chukharev are among seven charged in May 2013 when federal authorities announced they had shut down what was described as one of the world’s biggest money laundering schemes.Five of them are in custody and two remain at large in Costa Rica.The digital exchange mechanism, which allowed depositors to mask their identities, was similar to Bitcoin and other digital currencies.Before being shut down, Liberty Reserve had more than a million users worldwide, including more than 200,000 in the United States.Indictments accuse Budovsky and his partners of creating a firm that masqueraded as a convenient and legitimate money transfer system.Prosecutors say the digital currency laundered the proceeds of credit card fraud, identity theft, investment fraud, computer hacking, child pornography and narcotics trafficking.The investigation and takedown of the company involved police in 17 countries, including Britain, China, Russia, Morocco and Switzerland, and is believed to be the largest money laundering prosecution in history.Budovsky was arrested in 2013 at a Madrid airport during a stopover on a flight from Morocco to Costa Rica.He fought extradition, arguing he deserves the right to return to Costa Rica, where he obtained citizenship by marrying a snack vendor. Facebook Comments Related posts:Liberty Reserve founder Arthur Budovsky pleads guilty to money laundering charges Liberty Reserve founder gets 20 years in prison for money laundering Liberty Reserve’s Maxim Chukharev pleads guilty to operating an unlicensed money transmitting business Wife of Liberty Reserve founder to seek husband’s Costa Rica assetslast_img read more