To the ballot box - by hook or by crook
German politicians have responded to the poor voter turnout in Sunday’s
European elections with calls for virtual ballot boxes and punitive
measures to combat voter apathy.
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Suspected Wall Street crook Madoff under house arrest
US authorities have placed Wall Street investment manager Bernard Madoff, who has been accused of a 50-billion-dollar fraud, under house arrest and required him to wear a trackable electronic tag. Madoff is under investigation for allegedly using new investors' money to pay interest to other investors. Madoff has reportedly confessed to the scheme, termed a Ponzi pyramid, which continued for ten years. The pyramid collapsed when clients demanded their money back as the global financial crisis hit. The US Securities and Exchange Commission is now examining ties between Madoff's niece and a former SEC attorney who reviewed the investment manager's business.
Ponzi pyramid 老鼠會 (美國版)
Informal. One who makes a living by dishonest methods.
By hook or by crook
By any means possible, in one way or another. For example, The car broke down, but I'll get there by hook or crook. This term has a disputed origin. A widely held theory is that it comes from the custom of allowing commoners to take as much wood from royal forests as they could reach with a shepherd's crook and cut down with a billhook. [1300s] Also see the synonym by any means.