Frank De Stefano
Australian mayor
Frank De Stefano
Frank de Stefano was mayor and councillor of Geelong, Victoria from 1983 to 1993. In 1988 De Stefano was awarded the Order of Australia medal for his services to migrant communities. De Stefano resigned from the Order on 2 October 2008]. In 2003 he was imprisoned for ten years on twelve theft charges totaling A$8,606,101.47.
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Franz-Stefan Gady: Germany's Band of Brothers
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
More than seven million Germans and 53,000 Austrians tuned in last Sunday evening when the public-service German television broadcaster ZDF aired the first part of the World War II miniseries Unsere Muetter, Unsere Vaeter (Our Mothers, Our Fathers). It is Germany's decade late response to HBO's war time series, Band of Brothers. In many ways this is a watershed event in German television history. For the first time, a television series deals with the experiences of average German youth during the war close up, à la reality TV, apolitical and focused on individuals rather than the bigger political and military picture of Germany in the 1940s. Above all else, the series is an appeal to German and Austrian society as a whole to reach out to the silent and slowly withering generation of men and women who lived through the biggest carnage in Central Europe's recent history. By the end of this decade, there will few living witnesses who experienced the zeitgeist and horror of Na ...
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Franz-Stefan Gady: Iraq, Stalingrad, Gettysburg and the Limits of Remembrance
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot," exclaims Shakespeare's Henry V in his fervid St. Crispian's day speech on the eve of the battle of Agincourt in 1415. In the observance of this month's 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq there appears to be no danger of consigning this event to oblivion. Most soldiers who participated in the invasion are still (relatively) young, and the historical verdict about the war is far from settled. In a few decades, however, Henry's words will echo true, and we will all but have forgotten this brief American foray into the Middle East. Anniversaries show us the eventual futility and limits of human remembrance -- especially when it comes to tragic political events like wars and battles. 2013 marks a striking confluence of martial anniversaries: the 200th anniversary of the 'Battle of Nations,' or the Battle of Leipzig, as it is known today, the biggest and bloodiest engagement of the Napoleonic Wars; the 150th anniversary of the Bat ...
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Franz-Stefan Gady: Consequences of Obama's 'Asia Pivot'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In the kaleidoscopic world of power politics in Asia, the United States' pivot to that region may yield the unintentional consequences of fostering closer strategic ties between the two Asian giants -- China and India -- which could result in a strategic alliance ostensibly hostile to Western interests in the region. Analysts will be quick to point out that the 'all weather friendship' between the two countries, has hit a natural ceiling due to the strategic competition between the (re)emerging powers. For example, China is deepening its ties with Pakistan militarily (both countries signed a military cooperation agreement in September 2012), provides nuclear support, and has finally taken over management of the port of Gwadar on Pakistan's Makran coast. India on the other hand is trying to counter China's influence in Asia by fostering closer ties with the countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), especially in the field of naval cooperation, which ...
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Franz-Stefan Gady: The United States, China and India: Unintended Consequences of Great Power Politics
The Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Obama administration should nevertheless carefully evaluate its relationship with India in the next four years and beware of the unintentional but often hazardous consequences of Great Power politics. Read More... More on China
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Monday Morning Coffee: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - Capitol Ideas with John L. Micek (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Natal greetings go out this morning to readers Frank Stefano of Edinboro, Pa., and Daniel Hartman. Congrats all around. Third and State is all about the Marcellus shales today; Tony Phyrillas says the Berks County League of Women Voters may disband
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  • 2009
    Age 61
    The Adult Parole Board deemed De Stefano to be a 'suitable candidate' in a hearing held during the third week of June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The Parole Board disclosed that De Stefano, who was bankrupted whilst in jail, would not serve his home detention in Geelong.
    It was reported in the Geelong Advertiser on 23 June 2009 that De Stefano would serve out the remainder of his sentence in home detention.
    More Details Hide Details De Stefano will be released from prison and tagged electronically on 13 July, six months earlier than the minimum term of seven years he was sentenced to.
  • 2000
    Age 52
    Allan was murdered in May 2000 and his body has never been found.
    More Details Hide Details De Stefano told the jury during cross-examination at each trial that he was borrowing large sums of money from Clarke to feed his own gambling addiction, and had met Clarke when frequenting the Crown Casino high rollers room. He said all loans from Clarke were repaid within 24 hours. David Pearson, forensic accountant with the Victoria Police Major Fraud Group, told the jury that De Stefano was laundering money via Clarke using a series of round robin financial transactions channelled through Allan's trust account totalling $3,75 million. These funds were eventually converted into cheques payable to Crown Casino Much of the money laundered had been replaced, but $140,000 lent to De Stefano was still outstanding. As of March 2007, there is still a street named after him in North Geelong. This is a rare honour for a living convicted criminal.
    I have no difficulty in accepting the statement of his father that the period of time between April 2000 and the time of his death was a "nightmare" for both Tomislav Papic and his parents.
    More Details Hide Details De Stefano gambled approximately A$6.6 million during many visits to Crown Casino in Melbourne and spending the remainder (approx. A$1.5 million) on personal expenses, including travel, renovations on his Eastern Beach (Geelong) home and donations to the Liberal Party. De Stefano was charged with twelve charges of theft. He admitted to all counts, totalling over $8 million from clients as follows: Geelong Football Club President, Frank Costa described De Stefano as a hero to Geelong's Italian community, saying "He was a fellow who did an awful lot of very, very good community work in Geelong, that's why it was such as shock to everybody. He was heavily involved in many forms of community support. He was on the council for many years, he was Mayor, he did an awful lot for migrants coming into Geelong."
  • 1978
    Age 30
    De Stefano operated an accountancy business in Geelong from 1978 until 19 April 2000, when he was asked to report to the Geelong police station.
    More Details Hide Details He cooperated with police and detailed his theft of approximately $8 million from clients. De Stefano was bailed, and on 13 March 2003, later appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria for sentencing where he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with a minimum period of seven years. Some of those he stole from included Tomislav Papic, a quadriplegic who was awarded a record A$6 million settlement in a successful lawsuit against the Geelong Hospital. Justice Kellam referred to the thefts of Papic's compensation payout as "heartless", saying at De Stefano's sentencing hearing, The theft of $4.98 million from Nexus (Geelong) Pty Ltd is particularly callous and cruel. It was a gross breach of the trust reposed in you. You met with Tomislav Papic on numerous occasions. There can be no doubt that you, at all times, were fully aware of the nature of the grievous injuries from which he suffered and the fact that he required the funds achieved by him as compensation for his horrendous accident to achieve any degree of independence and dignity. The theft by you of his funds took away his independence. Clearly, that must have been known by you. Your conduct in relation to this count was in my view heartless. Tomislav Papic died in October 2001. The victim impact statement filed by his father sets out clearly the trauma that he and his family suffered by reason of your theft.
  • 1948
    Age 0
    Born in 1948.
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