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Overshadowed by and linked to the President's Murder – The Murder of Karyn Cookie Kupcinet

KARYN "COOKIE" KUPCINET
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karyn_Kupcinet
https://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/June-2004/The-Lost-World-of-Kup/index.php?cparticle=7&siarticle=6&requiressl=true
Karyn Kupcinet looked like Natalie Wood. That is to say that Karyn Kupcinet was simply gorgeous.
If Karyn was alive today she would have some stories to tell.
Apparently Warren Beatty made a pass at a young Karyn. Karyn knew Jessica Lange and her father was Irv Kupcinet (newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun Times). She made appearances on Perry Mason, The Donna Reed Show and was personally offered a part in a movie by Jerry Lewis – who adored Karyn. Unfortunately rather than an old lady with glitzy stories of Hollywood, Karyn’s legacy is as a footnote in bat-shit conspiracy theories.
In researching the Karyn Kupcinet case I bought a copy of James Ellroy’s CRIME WAVE which has a segment on the Kupcinet murder. The language used by Ellroy is course and crude and fits in with his L.A noir style.
The location:
A courtyard complex off Sunset Strip.
The Victim:
A drug-addicted and eating-disordered dilettante.
The date of death:
28th November 1963 (Six-days after JFK’s assassination in Dallas).
Mark Goddard found Karyn on the 30th November 1963 at 7pm.
Discovery:
Mark was worried about Karyn. Mark is a TV actor. His wife Marcia waits in the car. Some of you may know Mark Goddard from playing Major Don West and Sgt. Ballard in The Detectives. As Mark approaches Karyn’s apartment, he knocks on the door. There’s no answer. Mark sees a light inside. He tries the door, it pops open. Mark is scared. He goes back to the car and gets Marcia. As they both enter the apartment, the TV is on and the sound down low and there on the couch is a naked, stretched out Karyn. Karyn is dead.
Karyn Kupcinet was 22 years old.
Mark revealed to the patrol cops the following:
Karyn was a close friend, they had met in 1961. They saw Karyn Wednesday night. She said that she was seeing a therapist. Karyn was dating actor Andy Prine. The romance was dying and Karyn was in a state of depression. She had been sending love letters to Andy and herself.
Cause of Death:
The coroner’s office concluded that Kupcinet’s cause of death was strangulation and her hyoid bone in her throat was broken.
Background:
A note found in Kupcinet’s apartment read as follows:
I’m no good. I’m not really that pretty. My figure’s fat and will never be the way my mother wants it. I won’t let it be what she wants... What happens to me-or my Andy? Why doesn’t he want me?
Karyn had her own personal issues. She was abusing diet pills and fretted over her weight since high school. She had been arrested for shoplifting. In July 1963 Karyn had an illegal abortion after falling pregnant with Andy Prine. Karyn had sent Andy abusive messages consisting of letters cut out of a magazine.
Despite being a prime suspect Andy Prine has never been charged with Karyn’s murder and Irv Kupcinet himself believes that Andy was not involved in Karyn’s slaying (as mentioned in Irv Kupcinet’s memoirs).
Possible motive for Andy Prine? His acting career was nose-diving and he blamed Karyn for this. Prine believed that she set out to ruin his career.
Sixty-years on we know that this hasn’t been the case for Prine and his acting career; he was after all cast as “Angry Man” in the 2005 remake of Starsky and Hutch.
Andy Prine turned over to the LAPD the notes received from Karyn Kupcinet prior to her death, they are as follows:
- WANT YOUR HOT BODY; ONLY TAMPAX WILL STOP YOUR FERTILITY PROBLEM.
- YOU WILL NEED PROTECTION. BEN CASEY CAUGHT MESSAGE FOR YOUR BEAU YOU HAVEN’T MUCH TIME FOR DREAMS.
- FORGET FAME AND ROMANCE WITH AGEING GLEN FORD DEVIL MUST KILL YOU.
- YOUR LADY NEEDS SURGERY SUDDENLY. EXPECT TO GET BAD BREAKS WHEREVER YOU GO. YOUR RICH BEAUTY HAS NO TIME.
- ARE YOU GOING TO LATIN AMERICA OR FLORIDAY? LET YOUR BEAUTIFUL VIRGIN BECOME LONESOME AND SO EASY TO MAKE. BET K KUP TASTES AS GOOD AS IT LOOKS. BLOW.
- YOU ARE THE CERTAIN GIRL TO DIE.
- YOU MAY DIE WITHOUT NOBODY. WINNE OF LONELINESS WANTS DEATH UNTIL SOMEONE SPECIAL CARES.
Upon searching the victim’s apartment the magazines and scotch tape were found to make the letters. Karyn had sent the letters to Andy – and herself.
In 1957 Hope Lange was nominated for an Oscar. She had her breakout performance in Peyton Place. Her brother David Lange emerged as a person of interest in this case.
David Lange was a Hollywood script reader.
Apparently David Lange told an anonymous tipster “I killed her, you know.” David said this was a joke and explained his whereabouts on the night in question by claiming he was having dinner at Natalie Wood’s house until 11:30pm. David Lange took a polygraph test but this was ruled as inconclusive. David claimed he never really knew Karyn and in 2007 he stated that he had only met her once and the next time he saw her “she was getting carried out of the courtyard in a bodybag.”
David Lange however admits making the joke that he killed her.
James Ellroy has speculated that Karyn’s murderer was Karyn Kupcinet.
Either by accident or on purpose, Ellroy suggests that Karyn may have been strung out on pills and may have “clipped her hyoid bone on the coffee table.” The Kupcinet family take umbrage to these theories as Kari Kupcinet-Kriser states “He’s the only one in 40 years who has ever.... every policeman will tell you it’s a murder.” And the case is officially designated as a homicide.
JFK
Researcher Penn Jones Jr claims that an unidentified woman called her local operator twenty minutes before the shooting of JFK and warned that the president was going to be shot. Jones alleges that this was Karyn Kupcinet. The theory goes that Irv Kupcinet, a man with a lot of power and connections, had informed Karyn of the hit. Neither the age, sound nor details of the voice in question matches Karyn’s according to the witnesses.
It was further alleged that Jack Ruby himself tipped off Irv, who told Karyn, who informed an operator on that fateful day in 1963.
This of course is denied by the Kupcinet family. However; it is stated that Irv Kupcinet did know Jack Ruby allegedly in the 1940s Chicago but the only source I can quote on this is Penn again, which leads this “association” to be questionable.
https://spartacus-educational.com/JFKkupcinet.htm
Penn’s theory further expands that it was the Italian-American Mafia that was behind the slaying of Karyn in her Los Angeles home.
When the Oliver Stone film JFK was due to be released in 1991, NBC’s Today Show listed Kupcinet first in a broadcast surrounding mysterious deaths and heavily linked this to JFK – a bandwagon piece of tabloid journalism.
Irv Kupcinet heavily criticised the piece in his columns in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Now we have gotten the poppycock out of the way, let’s move on shall we...
The Coroner
Harold Kade was a drunk and a lousy coroner. A theory is that Dr Kade broke the hyoid bone himself. Rumour has it that he used to make jokes about accidentally breaking Karyn’s neck:
“Well, at least I didn’t break the hyoid bone on that one.”
This is unsubstantiated rumour and in no way can a definitive source be found on Dr Kade’s alcoholism, incompetence and poor sense of humour.
The Other Suspects
There was of course freelance writer Edwin Rubin and Robert Hathaway – the last to see Karyn alive on the preceding Wednesday night.
11/27/63 – Rubin and Hathaway stay around Karyn’s to watch TV awhile. Rubin allegedly left before midnight to meet two girls but Rubin doesn’t mention it at the time.
In November 1966 Rubin calls LA homicide to revise his version of events and mentions the meeting of two girls.
Rubin did not give the story three days after the crime. He recalled the girls three years after the crime.
LAPD then contacted Hathaway – Hathaway refutes the revised statement given by Rubin and then proceeds to change his own statement.
Despite intense questioning of Hathaway and Rubin, and further pressure on Lange – who refused two polygraph tests 1966-1969 (on the advices of his lawyer) – no further action was taken.
DARLING “COOKIE” KARYN KUPCINET MARCH 6 1941 – NOV 28 1963
The 1970 Edition of John Austin’s Hollywood’s Unsolved Mysteries devotes an entire chapter to this case alongside James Ellroy’s Crime Wave which I have heavily quoted (chapter Glamour Jungle).
I think the big question around Karyn’s death remains as to whether this was accidental and a series of unfortunate coincidences or if this was a case of a toxic love affair turned murderous. The political spin that people put on this is a product of the closeness to JFK’s assassination but ultimately to link Karyn to the president is sheer ridiculousness.
With car-halting beauty and charisma to boot and a powerful, respected father, who knows where Karyn could have gone in her life and it is a tragedy that she was taken from us at the age of 22. That being said; it seems apparent that she had her own demons to conquer and much like Marilyn Monroe, she never got the help she needed before it was too late.
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The Mystery Millionaire Who Haunted London’s Insider-Trading Trial

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-07-03/the-mystery-millionaire-who-haunted-london-s-insider-trading-trial July 2, 2019, 9:01 PM PDT
When Alshair Fiyaz, a wealthy businessman with a shaggy mane of hair, walked into the garden of London’s Four Seasons Hotel on a pleasant June evening five years ago, he had no idea he was being followed. He was there to meet Walid Choucair, a trader wearing a hoodie who collected “Star Wars” memorabilia and expensive guitars. Neither one noticed an officer from the National Crime Agency stick a recording device in the greenery.

The investigator was tracking Fiyaz in connection with an insider-trading probe being conducted by the NCA, the U.K. equivalent of the FBI. Choucair wasn’t a suspect, and the officer didn’t know who he was before planting the bug. But after the meeting, the officer followed Choucair to an apartment near the Royal Albert Hall on the edge of Hyde Park.

That fateful encounter at the Four Seasons, recounted in court, would turn Choucair, whose life was an adrenaline-charged chase for information about big deals, into Europe’s most high-profile insider-trading defendant. And his two trials—the first ended last year in a hung jury, the second with a conviction last week—opened a window on a loose network of traders from London to Dubai as well as a multinational investigation into suspected insider trading.

Fiyaz’s name, and details of the Four Seasons meeting, came up frequently at the trials. Choucair said he often discussed trades with Fiyaz, who was so successful he’d bought an 86-meter yacht and a polo club. The two had partied at Tramp, a London club frequented by rock stars and royals, where they spent thousands of dollars on three-liter bottles of Cristal. Financial institutions alerted U.K. regulators about Fiyaz’s trading 71 times in 2013 and 2014, Choucair’s lawyer told the court, citing information from the regulator. Yet Fiyaz wasn’t in the dock. He’s never been charged with a crime and denies any wrongdoing.

But evidence, testimony and legal filings from Choucair’s trials, as well as interviews with traders, their friends, lawyers and people close to the investigation suggest Fiyaz may have been part of a network that cultivated ties to bankers, shared tips via burner phones to avoid detection, fed information to journalists and often secretly monitored each other’s trades. Using their own money or funds from wealthy associates, they made tens of millions of dollars betting on stocks just before a news splash popped the share price. In 2014, the core group of about a dozen traders made more than $100 million, a figure arrived at by adding up figures in legal filings and conversations with traders.

Regulators in France and the U.K., where abnormal trading occurs ahead of more than one in five takeovers, spotted the uncanny timing of transactions by Fiyaz, Choucair and others. In addition to Choucair and Fabiana Abdel-Malek, a UBS Group AG compliance officer convicted at the same trial of providing him with information from a confidential bank database, seven men, including Geneva-based trader Alexis Kuperfis and former Societe Generale SA banker Stephane Fima, have been charged with insider trading in France. All have contested the charges. Another trader was arrested in Serbia in November on a U.S. warrant that alleged he committed securities fraud and was extradited in May, Serbian court officials confirmed. U.S. prosecutors are working with European counterparts on their own probe, Bloomberg News reported last month.

A spokeswoman for Fiyaz said in an email that he has “never been questioned, charged or convicted of insider trading or financial misconduct of any kind in the U.K. or any jurisdiction.” She said the suspicious activity reports related to only 27 trades and were triggered because financial institutions are required to flag transactions when a trader makes more than 10,000 pounds ($13,000) a day, and that Fiyaz hasn’t been the subject of any adverse regulatory findings. Loic Henriot, a lawyer for Kuperfis, said his client has never been part of a network of traders exchanging information. David-Olivier Kaminski, an attorney for Fima, said his client has nothing to do with the investigations that led to Choucair’s conviction.

Choucair, now 40, testified at his trial about his first conversation with Fiyaz, six years his senior, at a pricey Chinese restaurant in London around 2005. They had seen each other at Tramp, where Choucair, the son of a Lebanese construction executive, was a member. Fiyaz and his brother Javed started showing up that year, according to two people familiar with the club scene. They would arrive in separate Rolls-Royces, descend the stairs, pass the red-neon Let’s Get Tramped sign and set up camp in a corner, surrounded by a clutch of women. Choucair would spend thousands of dollars in that den two or three times a month. Whenever he ordered a $4,000 bottle of Champagne, the staff would play the “Star Wars” theme music and announce “Lebanon is in the house,” according to people who’d been there with him.

Choucair was out with a friend who knew Fiyaz when they spotted each other at the Chinese restaurant. They got to talking. “We spent the whole night having drinks, which I was very good at, and having a conversation, which he was very good at,” Choucair would testify at his trial 14 years later, trying to explain that his stock tips were coming from traders like Fiyaz and Kuperfis and not from his friend at UBS.

Choucair had a privileged upbringing in London. He boarded at Mill Hill, a 212-year-old school set on 150 acres of lush parkland. But it was something more avant-garde that first got his heart racing as a young boy. Watching TV one day, he saw Guns N’ Roses’ wild-haired guitarist Slash tear through a solo and decided he, too, wanted to be a guitar hero. When he was 18, his father died and he inherited a fortune. He spent the next years in a blur of benders, and, in his sober moments, completed a business degree at King’s College London, he said at his trial. He bought an Aston Martin, started collecting guitars and filled his apartment with life-size figures from his other boyhood obsession, “Star Wars.”

Fiyaz was raised with his brother in Belgium, where their father, a Pakistani businessman, had settled. They got started at the family company and made their money from shipping and investments ranging from Nigerian oil blocks to Danish department stores and a chocolatier, according to people who’ve met them and information on their websites. But they also attracted the attention of Belgian police, who suspected them of carrying out a scheme to avoid paying value-added taxes, two people familiar with the matter say. The investigation was closed after Fiyaz and his brother agreed to a settlement including a seven-figure payment, one of the people said. Neither was charged, and there was no admission of wrongdoing. Fiyaz’s spokeswoman said the dispute was over whether sales by his company were exempt.

By the mid-2000s, the brothers had moved to London, where they caused a stir in the Mayfair social scene. Alshair, the younger and more athletic of the two, was permanently dressed to go out. He and Javed faced each other across a pair of imposing desks in an office behind the Dorchester Hotel, where they ran their shipping business. They told people they were looking for fresh investment opportunities.

When Choucair saw Fiyaz’s trading setup, he testified, he was intrigued and wanted in. He said that Fiyaz and Kuperfis, nicknamed the Cowboy because he hit the mark so often, showed him how to competitively trade contracts for difference, or CFDs, derivatives that allow a person to bet on a company’s stock without owning shares. It’s a way of trading on margin. With a relatively small down payment, profits and losses can exceed those when buying shares. Many countries have restricted their sale because retail investors can underestimate the risks and incur outsize losses.

Choucair and his associates were a paradoxical bunch. They relied on each other for tip-offs but were suspicious that others were spying on them. Fiyaz accused his brokers of telling people about his positions in the market, according to four of the traders. Some accused him of scoping out their trading positions. Discretion was paramount, and that included using untraceable communications, Choucair testified. Choucair soon had four handsets with unregistered SIM cards for the traders he was talking to. Fiyaz insisted he keep a line dedicated to him, Choucair said in court. Every few months, the traders replaced their SIM cards, and, often, their devices. Fiyaz’s spokeswoman declined to comment on the specifics of Choucair’s testimony but said the jury that convicted him had found it to be untruthful.

In 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission froze assets belonging to Fiyaz and another trader, saying they were suspected of making millions of dollars with the help of inside information on trades related to Lonza Group AG’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Arch Chemicals Inc., which Fiyaz benefited from. Authorities dropped the case the next year because of a lack of evidence, and Fiyaz wasn’t accused of insider trading. Investigators lamented that the other trader had harmed the probe by discarding a BlackBerry that SEC lawyers believed contained text messages about his activity, according to U.S. court filings.

In Choucair’s case, the Financial Conduct Authority, which led the probe, was convinced it had found his insider. Choucair met Abdel-Malek through their mothers. Choucair’s had asked Abdel-Malek’s to make curtains for the tall windows in her son's apartment. They hit it off and introduced the two children to each other. Abdel-Malek, the oldest of three daughters of religious Coptic Christians from Egypt, was kept on a tight leash, even when she got a position at UBS in London in 2007. By early 2013, Abdel-Malek was a relatively experienced compliance officer at a newly restructured division of the bank. She could look at any deal in which UBS was involved.

She had little contact with Choucair for years. But that spring they reconnected, and he invited her and a friend to Tramp to celebrate his birthday, she testified in court. He spent 10,000 pounds that night on Champagne, vodka and club sandwiches, it came out in court, and the party lasted until 3 a.m. Their friendship developed, though both said the relationship wasn’t romantic. Later that spring, he bought her a BlackBerry identical to her work model with a disposable SIM card.

Prosecutors had company database records showing Abdel-Malek was trawling for deals. She testified that she did this to improve her deals literacy, something her managers had asked her to do. Over the next year, prosecutors said, there were about 30 transactions she kept coming back to, telling Choucair when something was imminent, though the pair were only charged in connection with five of them. When prosecutors presented a motive to the jury, they said the glamour of going to Tramp was enough.

Meanwhile, the wider group of traders kept nailing stock picks before news of pending mergers broke. Fiyaz and Kuperfis made about 55 million euros ($62 million) combined trading ahead of the announcement of General Electric Co.’s 2014 deal to acquire most of Alstom SA, court records and people familiar with the matter said. Fiyaz’s spokeswoman said she was unwilling to comment on his trading earnings but denied any impropriety.

Over time, Fiyaz acquired a mansion on the outskirts of Paris, the Polo Club of St. Tropez and a yacht named Ecstasea with two helicopter landing pads that once belonged to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. While it’s unknown how much Fiyaz paid for the yacht, the previous owner bought it for 100 million euros in 2009, according to a U.K. court document. In 2016, Fiyaz hosted a party aboard Ecstasea for the benefit of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, his spokeswoman said. She declined on privacy grounds to say how much he paid for the yacht.

But the suspected trading network was heading for trouble. Even before the GE-Alstom deal, a friend of another member of the group, a deals lawyer, was getting divorced. It got nasty, and the lawyer’s former brother-in-law wrote a letter to French investigators saying he’d overheard him exchanging tips with a trader, according to people familiar with the information.

Investigators had already dedicated resources to cracking down on insider trading, spurred in part by the French government’s anger that information about the GE-Alstom deal was leaked to the press. The regulators built up phone records connecting the group, the people familiar with the matter said. They secured wiretaps, including for the burner phone of a hair salon owner at one of Paris’s most exclusive hotels, whom they suspected of being a go-between, according to French investigative documents. The trail led to French ski resorts, the Cayman Islands, Geneva and eventually to the garden of London’s Four Seasons Hotel.

A transcript of the recording made at the Four Seasons and shown to the jury at Choucair’s trial revealed he was talking to someone on the phone about a deal for a U.S. energy company. Choucair testified that the person was Jeffrey McCracken, at the time head of deals coverage at Bloomberg News.

Choucair said he often spoke to reporters, sometimes at the behest of other traders, in the hope they would confirm his tips and publish an article that would cause the share price to spike. That day, Choucair testified in the second trial, Fiyaz had come to London to discuss the energy deal. McCracken, who left Bloomberg in 2017 to join CNBC and hasn’t been accused of any wrongdoing, declined to comment.

Bloomberg reporters regularly receive tips from people active in the market and were first to report on several deals mentioned in this article. The news organization’s policy is not to publish any information without confirming with people who have direct knowledge of the matter. The policy also prohibits telling sources when a story will be published.

Choucair seemed to know about the investigation before his arrest. In November 2014, he called Kuperfis to warn him. There’s a “big f--king investigation,” he blurted out in a conversation recorded by French investigators and played at Choucair’s trial. Within weeks, Kuperfis and two others were raided in France and Geneva. Kuperfis has been charged with insider trading in France in connection with his trading ahead of chemical producer Air Liquide SA’s $10 billion takeover of Airgas Inc., but he has challenged the legality of the wiretaps, and the case hasn’t come to trial. His lawyer said he couldn’t comment on the case other than to say the charges are unfounded.

Choucair’s lawyers said in court that his client knew about the probe because he was told by Fiyaz, who, the lawyer recounted, had claimed he had gotten the information from a National Crime Agency interpreter, according to the judge's summary of the allegations, which weren’t shared with the jury. Before his arrest, Choucair had written a letter that he hid under a rug in his apartment and that was discovered by investigators, according to the judge’s summary. In it, the summary said, he described what Fiyaz had told him about his NCA sources. The NCA said in December that it’s investigating the matter. Fiyaz’s spokeswoman said he has never had any relationship with investigators at the NCA or other regulatory agencies.

Choucair had his apartment swept for bugs, one person familiar with the matter said, though none were found. He called the FCA, his lawyer said in court. Then, at 6:30 a.m. one morning in September 2015, there was a knock on the door. About a dozen NCA officers had come to arrest him for insider trading. “I knew you were coming,” Choucair said, according to an account his lawyer gave in court.

Across the street, they searched his mother’s house. A few miles away, Abdel-Malek’s sister woke her in her bedroom on the top floor of their family home. Two NCA officers were there to arrest her. They found a printout of price-sensitive information in a Chanel handbag and, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a new 30,000-pound Rolex, worth more than a quarter of her annual salary, along with a receipt. The jury wasn’t told about the watch.

A few months after his release, Choucair was called back to the police station. Two FCA investigators sat opposite him in a small featureless room. They kept asking him about Fiyaz, Kuperfis and others, Choucair’s lawyer said in court. Choucair kept quiet.

During the first trial last fall, Abdel-Malek’s white-haired father sat in the gallery with clenched teeth, clutching a wooden cross and family photographs. Prosecutors couldn’t point to any payments she received, and Choucair was convincing on the witness stand. His lawyer told the jury that Fiyaz and other traders were just as likely a source of information for Choucair as Abdel-Malek. After all, they had bet far more heavily on the very same trades, and Choucair had been in frequent contact with them beforehand.

In December, a few days before the end of the first trial, Choucair returned to Tramp. He was playing guitar with his band White Collar. The room was dark, and Choucair, wearing a hoodie and Converse sneakers, lingered in the background, barely moving to the music. The other four band members, wearing leather, tattoos and eye-liner, filled the tiny stage. Then Choucair stepped forward to sing Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life. By the time the group was on to Guns N’ Roses’ Sweet Child O’ Mine, the electric bass player was pulling his shirt off and climbing onto the drum kit below a chandelier. One band member grabbed the microphone and egged the crowd on. “This might be our last gig,” he said, without explaining that the man who was bankrolling the group might go to jail.

It wasn’t Choucair’s last gig. The jury was unable to come to a verdict. At the second trial this year, Fiyaz involved himself more in the proceedings. At times, he had as many as five lawyers in the courtroom. One was a defense counsel who told the judge that Choucair had falsely accused Fiyaz of wrongdoing. “These are very serious allegations which are made against my client,” the lawyer said. “These are allegations which he denies. He’s never been arrested or charged in relation to any of these matters. The FCA has never cautioned him or even invited him in in relation to any of these matters. He is a man of previous good character.”

Then, just before Choucair was cross-examined, the FCA told the jury it had received information that Fiyaz, via an intermediary, had an insider at Citigroup Inc. The agency said it didn’t have time to investigate if any confidential information had been passed to Fiyaz. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported additional details about the alleged intermediary. A Citigroup spokeswoman declined to comment. Fiyaz “vehemently denies” that he traded on inside information obtained from Citigroup or any other financial institution, his spokeswoman said.

This time the Fiyaz-was-my-tipster defense didn’t work. Choucair and Abdel-Malek were both convicted on all five counts and sentenced to three years in prison. Both plan to appeal.

Fiyaz wasn’t in court during the eight-week trial, or for the verdict. Traders and lawyers weren’t sure where he was. One said Argentina. Another said he’d been seen at an Alpine ski chalet. In May, Fiyaz’s name appeared on the roster of a polo team contesting the Sun Trophy at his club in France, which once paraded scantily clad models and white Bentleys in front of guests. (Fiyaz’s spokeswoman said he wasn’t involved in the day-to-day operations of the club and doesn’t condone the objectification of women.)

But on an uncharacteristically rainy Sunday, there was no sign of Fiyaz on or off the polo pitch tucked away in a forest about 20 minutes west of St. Tropez by car. In the members’ section, a dozen spectators sitting in wicker armchairs, sheltered by awnings, braved the bad weather to watch Fiyaz’s team take a 5-2 drubbing. When asked after the match why Fiyaz had been replaced by another player, a worker at the club said he had been ordered not to talk. The reason, his spokeswoman said a few weeks later, was that it happened to fall during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Fiyaz was fasting.

— With assistance by Gordana Filipovic and Alan Katz
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England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [14/01/19 - 20/01/19]

Contents
Monday 14th January
Tuesday 15th January
Wednesday 16th January
Thursday 17th January
Friday 18th January
Saturday 19th January
Sunday 20th January
Last Week's Index
December Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [29/10/18 - 04/11/18]

Contents
Monday 29th October
Tuesday 30th October
Wednesday 31st October
Thursday 1st November
Friday 2nd November
Saturday 3rd November
Sunday 4th November
Last Week's Index
September Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Arsenal | Wolves | 1 | 1.62 | 2 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [31/12/18 - 06/01/19]

Contents
Monday 31st December
Tuesday 1st January
Wednesday 2nd January
Thursday 3rd January
Friday 4th January
Saturday 5th January
Sunday 6th January
Last Week's Index
November Bot Report
Naughty and Nice - 2018
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [19/11/18 - 25/11/18]

Contents
Monday 19th November
Tuesday 20th November
Wednesday 21st November
Thursday 22nd November
Friday 23rd November
Saturday 24th November
Sunday 25th November
Last Week's Index
October Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Arsenal | Wolves | 1 | 1.62 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [26/11/18 - 02/12/18]

Contents
Monday 26th November
Tuesday 27th November
Wednesday 28th November
Thursday 29th November
Friday 30th November
Saturday 1st December
Sunday 2nd December
Last Week's Index
October Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Arsenal | Wolves | 1 | 1.62 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [21/01/19 - 27/01/19]

Contents
Monday 21st January
Tuesday 22nd January
Wednesday 23rd January
Thursday 24th January
Friday 25th January
Saturday 26th January
Sunday 27th January
Last Week's Index
December Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [10/12/18 - 16/12/18]

Contents
Monday 10th December
Tuesday 11th December
Wednesday 12th December
Thursday 13th December
Friday 14th December
Saturday 15th December
Sunday 16th December
Last Week's Index
November Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
Spain | La Liga | Girona | Valencia | DNB 2 | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [18/02/19 - 24/02/19]

Contents
Monday 18th February
Tuesday 19th February
Wednesday 20th February
Thursday 21st February
Friday 22nd February
Saturday 23rd February
Sunday 24th February
Last Week's Index
January Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [11/02/19 - 17/02/19]

Contents
Monday 11th February
Tuesday 12th February
Wednesday 13th February
Thursday 14th February
Friday 15th February
Saturday 16th February
Sunday 17th February
Last Week's Index
January Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [17/12/18 - 23/12/18]

Contents
Monday 17th December
Tuesday 18th December
Wednesday 19th December
Thursday 20th December
Friday 21st December
Saturday 22nd December
Sunday 23rd December
Last Week's Index
November Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
Spain | La Liga | Girona | Valencia | DNB 2 | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live Thread [18/03/19 - 24/03/19]

Contents
Monday 18th March
Tuesday 19th March
Wednesday 20th March
Thursday 21st March
Friday 22nd March
Saturday 23rd March
Sunday 24th March
Last Week's Index
February Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [22/10/18 - 28/10/18]

Contents
Monday 22nd October
Tuesday 23rd October
Wednesday 24th October
Thursday 25th October
Friday 26th October
Saturday 27th October
Sunday 28th October
Last Week's Index
September Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Arsenal | Wolves | 1 | 1.62 | 2 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [12/11/18 - 18/11/18]

Contents
Monday 12th November
Tuesday 13th November
Wednesday 14th November
Thursday 15th November
Friday 16th November
Saturday 17th November
Sunday 18th November
Last Week's Index
October Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Arsenal | Wolves | 1 | 1.62 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [24/12/18 - 30/12/18]

Contents
Monday 24th December
Tuesday 25th December
Wednesday 26th December
Thursday 27th December
Friday 28th December
Saturday 29th December
Sunday 30th December
Last Week's Index
November Bot Report
Naughty and Nice - 2018
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
Spain | La Liga | Girona | Valencia | DNB 2 | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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Weekly Live & Index Thread [04/02/19 - 10/02/19]

Contents
Monday 4th February
Tuesday 5th February
Wednesday 6th February
Thursday 7th February
Friday 8th February
Saturday 9th February
Sunday 10th February
Last Week's Index
January Bot Report
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Formatting here (using old reddit):

Country | Division | HomeTeam | AwayTeam | Prediction | Odds | Wager | Result |
:--|:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:-- |:--
England | Premier League | Manchester United | Fulham | Over 1.5 H | 2.00 | 1 | Pending |
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