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By Peter H. Frank | October 29, 1991
A federal judge in Trenton, N.J., issued an arrest warrant yesterday for Martin A. Bramson, one of three Howard County men indicted last month on charges stemming from an alleged international insurance scam, after he failed to appear at a hearing at which prosecutors were attempting to revoke his bail.The U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey scheduled yesterday's hearing to argue that Martin Bramson, 45, violated his bail this month by attempting to transfer $500,000 into a bank in the Federated States of Micronesia that allegedly was controlled by him and his brother, Leonard A. Bramson, who was also named in last month's indictment.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1998
In one of the harshest white-collar sentences in Maryland history, international swindler Martin Bramson was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison yesterday for masterminding a huge insurance fraud and money-laundering scheme that reached around the globe.Bramson, 52, a one-time fugitive from Columbia who opened a bar in Mexico while on the run, appeared calm and relaxed as Chief U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered him to federal prison."You're younger than I am. You will still have a lot of years left after your sentence," said Motz, who will allow 2 1/2 years of prison time that Bramson served in overseas jails to count toward his sentence.
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By Michael James . and Michael James .,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1997
Almost six years after fleeing the country, Martin Bramson appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday to face charges of bilking up to $20 million from doctors in a huge insurance fraud scheme that laundered money in banks around the world.Bramson, 51, sported a scruffy beard and wore dark sweat pants as he strode into the courtroom to be informed of the mail fraud and money laundering charges. His father, Norman, who previously served a prison term for fraud and was sitting in the front row, happily declared, "There he is!"
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 27, 1998
Martin Bramson, the Columbia resident who masterminded one of the nation's largest insurance fraud schemes, was sentenced by a New Jersey judge to more than eight years in federal prison yesterday.Bramson, 52, who faces additional prison time when he is sentenced Feb. 11 in Maryland, ran a giant con game with two of his relatives that swindled thousands of doctors and others in 48 states. The scheme bilked victims of more than $12 million and laundered the money in 588 banks around the world.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1996
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Kicked out of a Liechtenstein prison after 21 months and shorn of more than $3 million, international fugitive Martin Bramson has been thrust into a Swiss prison, awaiting yet another extradition attempt by frustrated U.S. authorities.The suspected multimillion-dollar con man from Maryland was jailed in Switzerland last night, having been secretly moved there overnight from the tiny nation of Liechtenstein.While the government ruled by Prince Hans-Adam II finally expelled Bramson from Liechtenstein, it refused to extradite him to the United States, saying it feared "inhuman and degrading punishment" by U.S. prosecutors.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1997
Martin Bramson, the one-time Maryland fugitive who led authorities on a worldwide chase after taking up to $20 million in a huge insurance fraud scheme, pleaded guilty yesterday to laundering money through a Swiss bank, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said.It was the first time that Bramson -- who during his six years on the run opened a bar outside Tijuana, Mexico, and battled extradition from jail cells in Liechtenstein and Switzerland -- has admitted guilt in the complex scam. He still faces charges of mail and wire fraud in Maryland.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1997
Still hoping to find a hidden treasure trove somewhere, attorneys representing those who were swindled by a Maryland family in a huge insurance scheme have located a safe-deposit box in Switzerland that they hope holds some of the stolen proceeds.The box at the Kantonalbank in Zurich is listed as belonging to Norman Bramson, who was convicted of mail fraud in a 12-year scheme of fraud and secret off-shore banking that bilked millions from doctors. Bramson's son Leonard was also convicted in the fraud, and his son Martin is awaiting trial.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1996
VADUZ, Liechtenstein -- Suspected swindler Martin Bramson remained in international limbo yesterday, locked in a Liechtenstein prison and awaiting the next move by U.S. authorities looking to bring him home to Maryland.The Liechtenstein government, which has frustrated U.S. justice officials by refusing to extradite Bramson since his arrest in the tiny European nation 21 months ago, wouldn't speak about the case yesterday and seemed to be getting frustrated.Government officials had tried to send Bramson to Swiss authorities Friday in a secret transfer at a bridge on the Rhine River, but the mission was canceled after Bramson claimed he couldn't walk out of his cell, authorities said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1997
Martin Bramson, the suspected multimillion-dollar con man who led U.S. authorities on a worldwide chase and spent the past 2 1/2 years in European prisons fighting extradition, is being flown back to the United States today, federal agents said.Bramson, jailed since last fall in a small Alpine village in Switzerland, lost his final appeal to the Swiss Supreme Court on July 16 and must face trial in Baltimore for masterminding one of America's largest insurance fraud schemes. Up to $20 million was swindled from doctors and hidden in more than 600 bank accounts around the world, court papers said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1998
In one of the harshest white-collar sentences in Maryland history, international swindler Martin Bramson was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison yesterday for masterminding a huge insurance fraud and money-laundering scheme that reached around the globe.Bramson, 52, a one-time fugitive from Columbia who opened a bar in Mexico while on the run, appeared calm and relaxed as Chief U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz ordered him to federal prison."You're younger than I am. You will still have a lot of years left after your sentence," said Motz, who will allow 2 1/2 years of prison time that Bramson served in overseas jails to count toward his sentence.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1997
Globe-trotting con man Martin Bramson, the mastermind in one of America's largest insurance fraud schemes, pleaded guilty yesterday to swindling more than $12 million from thousands of doctors and laundering the money in 588 banks around the world.The guilty plea ends one phase of the case against Bramson, a Maryland fugitive who was chased throughout Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean by Interpol before being tracked down in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. But the hunt continues for millions more that he may have stashed in foreign bank accounts.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1997
Martin Bramson, the one-time Maryland fugitive who led authorities on a worldwide chase after taking up to $20 million in a huge insurance fraud scheme, pleaded guilty yesterday to laundering money through a Swiss bank, federal prosecutors in New Jersey said.It was the first time that Bramson -- who during his six years on the run opened a bar outside Tijuana, Mexico, and battled extradition from jail cells in Liechtenstein and Switzerland -- has admitted guilt in the complex scam. He still faces charges of mail and wire fraud in Maryland.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 14, 1997
Still hoping to find a hidden treasure trove somewhere, attorneys representing those who were swindled by a Maryland family in a huge insurance scheme have located a safe-deposit box in Switzerland that they hope holds some of the stolen proceeds.The box at the Kantonalbank in Zurich is listed as belonging to Norman Bramson, who was convicted of mail fraud in a 12-year scheme of fraud and secret off-shore banking that bilked millions from doctors. Bramson's son Leonard was also convicted in the fraud, and his son Martin is awaiting trial.
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By Michael James . and Michael James .,SUN STAFF | July 29, 1997
Almost six years after fleeing the country, Martin Bramson appeared before a federal magistrate yesterday to face charges of bilking up to $20 million from doctors in a huge insurance fraud scheme that laundered money in banks around the world.Bramson, 51, sported a scruffy beard and wore dark sweat pants as he strode into the courtroom to be informed of the mail fraud and money laundering charges. His father, Norman, who previously served a prison term for fraud and was sitting in the front row, happily declared, "There he is!"
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1997
Martin Bramson, the suspected multimillion-dollar con man who led U.S. authorities on a worldwide chase and spent the past 2 1/2 years in European prisons fighting extradition, is being flown back to the United States today, federal agents said.Bramson, jailed since last fall in a small Alpine village in Switzerland, lost his final appeal to the Swiss Supreme Court on July 16 and must face trial in Baltimore for masterminding one of America's largest insurance fraud schemes. Up to $20 million was swindled from doctors and hidden in more than 600 bank accounts around the world, court papers said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 31, 1996
ZURICH, Switzerland -- Kicked out of a Liechtenstein prison after 21 months and shorn of more than $3 million, international fugitive Martin Bramson has been thrust into a Swiss prison, awaiting yet another extradition attempt by frustrated U.S. authorities.The suspected multimillion-dollar con man from Maryland was jailed in Switzerland last night, having been secretly moved there overnight from the tiny nation of Liechtenstein.While the government ruled by Prince Hans-Adam II finally expelled Bramson from Liechtenstein, it refused to extradite him to the United States, saying it feared "inhuman and degrading punishment" by U.S. prosecutors.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | February 12, 1996
Leonard Bramson, who along with his father and brother devised a nationwide insurance fraud scheme that bilked at least $10 million from doctors, had his nine-year prison sentence reduced by 11 months Friday.Prosecutors in U.S. District Court in Baltimore were tight-lipped about the details, saying only that Mr. Bramson had provided information on "an unspecified case" in New Jersey and therefore earned the sentence reduction. The file was sealed.The development is but another mysterious chapter to the Bramson story.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 27, 1996
VADUZ, Liechtenstein -- Suspected swindler Martin Bramson remained in international limbo yesterday, locked in a Liechtenstein prison and awaiting the next move by U.S. authorities looking to bring him home to Maryland.The Liechtenstein government, which has frustrated U.S. justice officials by refusing to extradite Bramson since his arrest in the tiny European nation 21 months ago, wouldn't speak about the case yesterday and seemed to be getting frustrated.Government officials had tried to send Bramson to Swiss authorities Friday in a secret transfer at a bridge on the Rhine River, but the mission was canceled after Bramson claimed he couldn't walk out of his cell, authorities said.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1996
VADUZ, Liechtenstein -- With the snow-capped Alps as the backdrop and the misty Rhine River as the stage, Swiss police waited in vain yesterday afternoon at the next scheduled stop on the long, gilded trail of Martin Bramson.With the help of the Swiss, the U.S. government had hoped to finally get its hands on Bramson, 51, who is believed to have stolen up to $20 million by selling bogus malpractice insurance to doctors via a family-run scheme in Columbia, Md.Bramson's father and brother are in jail for their roles in the scheme, and yesterday Bramson was to have been arrested by the Swiss as he crossed into the country from Liechtenstein.
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