Alan Stanford The financier and cricket mogul was found guilty by a US jury of running a US$7 billion Ponzi scheme. He was convicted on 13 of 14 counts of fraud, conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice. If the sentences run concurrently Stanford, 61, who spent the past three years in jail, is likely to face at least 20 years more behind bars. Anwar al-Balkimy The lawmaker from Egypt's most conservative Islamist party was forced to resign from parliament after he was caught lying to cover up a nose job, by claiming his bandaged face was the result of a carjacking and beating. Balkimy represented the Al-Nour party, which follows a strict interpretation of Islam that forbids cosmetic surgery as meddling in God's work. Tony Chan Chun-chuen The self-styled fung shui master lost his second legal battle in a week when the High Court ruled in favour of the commissioner for inland revenue and found that Chan owed the government HK$330 million in unpaid taxes. The Court of Appeal said that the commission was justified in rejecting Chan's request for more time to challenge 25 tax assessments and did not accept that he had not received the payment notices, which were all sent at different times.