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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Map of Organizations with Reputed Ties to Teachers Group

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This week's cover story, "Your Rags to Their Riches," examines Campus California, the nonprofit behind the used-clothing dropoff boxes that have been popping up around the Bay Area. Matt Smith's story explores possible connections between that group -- which calls itself an independent local charity -- and an international organization that European prosecutors say has been run by a Danish fugitive wanted for financial crimes.

The fugitive is Mogens Amdi Petersen, and his organization is Teachers Group. It was founded in the 1970s by a group of instructors with shared leftist ideals; Danish legal documents allege it has grown into a multinational conglomerate that specializes in earning, skimming, and hiding vast quantities of money.

Connections between Teachers Group entities are mostly kept secret. But according to reports by law enforcement and investigative journalists, loans, rental arrangements, brokerage deals, and other forms of money transfer and unified control suggest links inside a larger organization. Indeed, when you look at the employees of these organizations, the same faces keep popping up. The reputed network includes plantations, manufacturing operations, U.S. land holdings, and offshore shell companies within shell companies.

The accompanying graphic is a map of reputed Teachers Group entities,

which are spread over every continent except for Antarctica.

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