Harvard Investment Agent Didn't Want To Overstep His Bounds Re: Asking For A Slightly Flashier Bribe Than US News & World Report's #19 On 2010 Affordable Midsize Cars List

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Though it's entirely possible that hedid attempt to overstep his bounds in a negotiation that went down like this:

"If I'm gonna do this for you I want a Cadillac. With the seat warmers."
"You'll get a Chrysler Sebring and you'll like it."
"Bull shit! Bull shit!"
"YOU WANT A DODGE STRATUS? 'CAUSE WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN."
"No...no I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking."
"It's okay, you're emotional."
"Do you think I can get it in red?"
"Sure, we'll see what we can do."

An investment agent who represented Harvard University faces charges in Romania that he took more than $1 million in bribes to induce the school to buy forest land at inflated prices. Dragos Lipan Secu arranged with unnamed sellers to artificially boost prices that Scolopax, a Harvard-owned company, paid for timberland between 2007 and 2009, anti-corruption prosecutors said in a statement Jan. 21, the day after Lipan Secu was arrested. Lipan Secu collected bribes valued at 4.45 million lei ($1.3 million), as well as a 2007 trip to the Canary Islands and a Chrysler Sebring car, prosecutors said. He was also charged with money laundering, and his wife, Mariana, was arrested for complicity. The two are being held in preventive custody in Bihor county and are facing more than 10 years in jail.

Harvard Overpaid for Timber as Romanian Agent Held for Bribery [Bloomberg]

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