Augustine Asiedu, the Last King of New York?

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How do you know New York's still the capital of the world? Our car-service kingpins are actual kingpins. Augustine Asiedu, the president of a Brooklyn limo company called Fone-A-Car, has been charged with looting the business to finance a million-dollar election campaign in his native Ghana. The kicker? Dude won — and now, under the name Nana Amoakoh, he serves in the country's parliament. Which, needless to say, complicates extradition. We went looking for an official bio of Mr. Asiedu/Amoakoh, but the Ghanaian government's Website is down (now, that doesn't bode well for a country). We're left to imagine his campaign slogan: "Our guy will be there in five minutes. Vote Amoakoh."

Owner Is Accused of Looting His Car Service to Seek Office in Africa [NYT]