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Woman accused of selling fake Facebook stock Friday, 3rd February 2012
A woman from Wisconsin, US, has been charged with theft over accusations she tried to profit from Facebook’s much anticipated plans to go public by selling fake stock in the social media company.
In a criminal complaint on Thursday, prosecutors said Marianna Oleson told friends she obtained USD 1 million in stock because her daughter was an acquaintance of Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg. Oleson then persuaded several people to buy fictitious Facebook stock over a four-month period.
The Oshkosh woman was charged with 31 counts of theft, forgery and making misleading statements.
Asda records 10.7% growth in sales to Christmas Eve Friday, 13th January 2012
The nation’s second largest supermarket has reported a 10.7 per cent rise in sales growth in the four weeks to 24 December according to the latest report from Nielsen.
Strong trading was boosted by the acquisition of Netto 18 months ago, favourable comparisons and highly competitive promotions from the supermarket.
An Asda spokeswoman said it had “worked hard to deliver value” and had invested in service over the festive period.