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              A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland.   The fina

    This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland. The fina

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland. The financial organization Amber Gold was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients like Bozena Oracz are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland.   The fina

    This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland. The fina

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    This Aug. 23, 2012 photo shows Bozena Oracz, 58, as she describes falling prey to a financial scheme that has stripped her of the bulk of her life savings, in Warsaw, Poland. The financial organization Amber Gold was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients like Bozena Oracz are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              The photograph shows an outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable

    The photograph shows an outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    The photograph shows an outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme.

    Posted: 8/28/2012 6:48:19 AM EST
    A closed outlet of the financial institute Amber Gold in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, after the organization was liquidated and has emerged as an unsustainable pyramid scheme. Amber Gold promised guaranteed returns of between 10 to 14 percent annually for what it claimed were investments in gold and for many of its clients who grew up under communism the prospects of high returns on investments was too much to resist. Now officials say it operated like a pyramid scheme, and thousands of its clients are facing the prospect of never seeing their money again.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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              FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 has sentenced, w

    FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 has sentenced, w

    Posted: 6/20/2012 1:53:41 PM EST
    FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 has sentenced, without the right to appeal, Nastase to two years in prison after convicting him of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign. The ruling is the first time a former Romanian premier has been sentenced to prison since communism ended in the country in 1989.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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              FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2004, file picture Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase talks to reporters after seeing exit polls of the elections in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest co

    FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2004, file picture Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase talks to reporters after seeing exit polls of the elections in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest co

    Posted: 6/20/2012 1:53:41 PM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2004, file picture Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase talks to reporters after seeing exit polls of the elections in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, sentenced Nastase to two years in prison after convicting him of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign. The ruling is the first time a former Romanian premier has been sentenced to prison since communism ended in the country in 1989.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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              FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, sentenced Nasta

    FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, sentenced Nasta

    Posted: 6/20/2012 1:53:41 PM EST
    FILE - In this March 9, 2004, file picture former Romanian Premier Adrian Nastase wears a hat in Bucharest, Romania. Romania's highest court on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, sentenced Nastase to two years in prison after convicting him of illegally raising funds for a failed presidential campaign. The ruling is the first time a former Romanian premier has been sentenced to prison since communism ended in the country in 1989.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 9:15:55 PM EST
    Maria Cristina Osorio, a 57-year-old retired nurse, walks into a downtown Santiago theater for the screening of a documentary on Gen. Augusto Pinochet carrying a bust of the former strongman in Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 10, 2012. The film casts Pinochet as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.(AP Photo/Luis Henao)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 9:15:55 PM EST
    Supporters hold pictures of Gen. Augusto Pinochet during the screening of a documentary in a downtown theater in Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 10, 2012. The film casts Pinochet as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.(AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Caballero)
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    Posted: 6/10/2012 6:35:48 PM EST
    Supporters hold pictures of Gen. Augusto Pinochet during the screening of a documentary in a downtown theater in Santiago, Chile, Sunday June 10, 2012. The film casts Pinochet as a national hero who saved Chile from communism and who died victimized by leftists who accused him of embezzlement and human rights crimes.(AP Photo/Victor Ruiz Caballero)
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    Cuba's President Castro waves to the crowd while walking with Pope Benedict XVI in Santiago de Cuba

    Posted: 6/2/2012 10:27:57 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro waves to the crowd while walking with Pope Benedict XVI (L) after his arrival in Santiago de Cuba March 26, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - Cuba's President Castro waves to crowd in Santiago de Cuba

    Cuba's President Castro waves to crowd in Santiago de Cuba

    Posted: 6/2/2012 10:23:33 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro waves to the crowd while walking with Pope Benedict XVI (L) after his arrival in Santiago de Cuba March 26, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - Cuba's President Castro attends Mayday parade in Havana

    Cuba's President Castro attends Mayday parade in Havana

    Posted: 6/2/2012 10:20:32 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana May 1, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - Cuba's President Castro attends Mayday parade in Havana

    Cuba's President Castro attends Mayday parade in Havana

    Posted: 6/2/2012 10:15:11 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana May 1, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - Cuba's President Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana

    Cuba's President Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana

    Posted: 6/2/2012 10:11:36 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana May 1, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - Cuba's President Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana

    Cuba's President Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana

    Posted: 6/2/2012 9:48:03 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro attends the Mayday parade in Havana May 1, 2012. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. Their task, he has said, is to correct mistakes made during their 53 years of leadership, which will require "days and years of work" that he intends to finish. Picture taken May 1, 2012. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ANNIVERSARY)
  •  - File photo of Cuban President Castro after the ALBA (Boliviarian Alternative for the Americas) summit in Caracas

    File photo of Cuban President Castro after the ALBA (Boliviarian Alternative for the Americas) summit in Caracas

    Posted: 6/2/2012 9:13:32 PM EST
    Cuban President Raul Castro reacts as he prepares to enter a car after the ALBA (Boliviarian Alternative for the Americas) summit in Caracas in this February 5, 2012 file photo. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS)
  •  - File photo of Cuba's President Castro at May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square

    File photo of Cuba's President Castro at May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square

    Posted: 6/2/2012 9:11:27 PM EST
    Cuba's President Raul Castro gestures at the May Day parade in Havana's Revolution Square in this May 1, 2012 file photo. Castro turns 81 on June 3, 2012, another year on in his race against time to reform Cuba's economy and try to assure the survival of communism after he and his elderly colleagues are gone. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan/Files (CUBA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)