Last Monday representatives of the Melbourne University Greek Association (MUnGA) paid a visit to one of Melbourne’s oldest Greek schools, St Vasilios in Brunswick. The visit was a chance for the committee to present a generous and thoughtful donations to the students, including a TV set and five Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek Oxford dictionaries. The members took the opportunity to stress the importance of Greek language teaching as a means of preserving the Hellenic identity in younger generations of the diaspora. Members of the MUnGA committee: · Jordan Moshcovitis – President · Nicholas Tzoutzidis – Vice President · Stylianos Nikias – Secretary · Perry Athanasopoulos – Media officer · Pamela Papadopoulos – National Union of Greek Students (NUGAS) representative · Jasmine Mesourouni – Cultural Affiliations officer · Yiorgios Yiappos – Treasurer MUnGA general committee: · Alexander Vounisios · Irini Levou · John Papaemmanouil · Artemis Sfendourakis · Theana Bethavas · Arthur Gioulekas · Alexandros Yiappos · Jaeger Konidaris · Natasha Psaras · Kristen Politis · Ioanna Yiappos · John Nicolaidis · Mark Donato Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
A Vancouver woman was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland to three years’ probation, including six months’ home detention, for a money laundering scheme involving an automobile dealership.Karla Gaitan, 38, pleaded guilty March 2, 2010, to a single count of money laundering.The investigation began in August 2008, when investigators suspected Gaitan and her business, Kaind Auto Sales, were involved with a number of suspected drug dealers in the Portland area. An inventory showed that Gaitan had purchased a high number of cars at auto auction — 2,072 cars for more than $4 million between 2005 and 2008 — but had very little inventory.“This led investigators to suspect that the buyers were laundering illegal money,” according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.In August 2008, undercover IRS agents, posing as drug dealers, gave Gaitan $15,000 in cash for a SUV so that a concealed compartment could be built into it to transport money and drugs.