HIGH FINANCE: Broken, Broken, Broken

High above downtown Rio de Janeiro, in the hilly Santa Teresa district, a chauffeured Oldsmobile last week pulled up to a modern apartment building. As a pudgy, genial-looking man stepped out, English-speaking Brazilian Detective Sadoc Reis called out: "Hi, Lowell." "Fine," replied Lowell McAfee Birrell, 52, wanted in Manhattan on charges that he stole stock worth $14 million from two U.S. companies (TIME. July 20).

"Please come along with me," said Detective Reis, showing his credentials. "You're wanted for questioning." Answered Birrell smoothly: "Certainly, sir. It's a pleasure to be in a...

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