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Ex-UPS exec’s son faces fraud charges in scheme over Maxim magazine – Reuters

U.S. prosecutors on Thursday charged the son of a former United Parcel Service Inc executive with impersonating his father to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars that was intended to finance the purchase of Maxim magazine last year.

Calvin Darden Jr., 39, faces two counts of wire fraud for his role in an elaborate scheme involving fake emails and bank statements to obtain more than $8 million and attempt to secure another $20 million, the prosecutors said.

Darden was arrested Wednesday after what a prosecutor described as a manhunt. He is the son of Calvin Darden Sr., a former vice president of U.S. operations at UPS.

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UPS Board Increases Quarterly Dividend

The UPS (NYSE: UPS) Board of Directors today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.67 per share, up $0.05 or 8.1%, from $0.62 per share, on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares. The dividend increase is in recognition of the company’s solid cash flow performance and commitment to delivering shareowner value.

The dividend is payable March 11, 2014, to shareowners of record on February 24, 2014.

“During 2013, UPS generated $5.3 billion in free cash flow, enabling reinvestment for growth,” said Scott Davis, UPS chairman and CEO. “In addition, we increased our shareholder distributions, paying dividends of $2.3 billion and repurchased more than $3.8 billion in UPS shares. This latest dividend increase shows that the UPS business model consistently generates improved returns to shareowners.”

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UPS Driver Caught In Oakland Shootout Walks Away Unhurt

The driver said bullets started whizzing by as at least one person opened fire into a passing car, so he backed his truck up, jumped up and ran for cover.

By the time police had arrived, the truck had been ransacked, missing two packages, a cell phone, and the driver’s backpack.

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UPS Expects to Move 118 Million Flowers During the 2014 Valentine’s Day Season

Love is in the air and on the ground as UPS® (NYSE: UPS) prepares to transport an estimated 118 million flowers for Valentine’s Day. Most of the flowers imported for Cupid’s holiday come from Latin American countries such as Colombia and Ecuador. More than 90 percent of the imported blossoms travel through Miami International Airport, where UPS is the largest air cargo carrier.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average consumer is expected to spend $133.91 on Valentine’s Day gifts with total spending expected to hit more than $17 billion. One-third of this year’s gift-givers will purchase flowers, and UPS will be kicking it into high gear for the celebration, which marks one of UPS’s busiest single delivery days of the year

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UPS Continues Global Healthcare Expansion with Purchase of UK Healthcare Logistics Innovator

Acquisition of Polar Speed Expands UPS Specialized Healthcare Network, Enhances Temperature-Sensitive Solutions

UPS® (NYSE: UPS) today announced it has completed the purchase of U.K.-based Polar Speed, an innovative provider of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical supply chain solutions in the U.K. The acquisition further strengthens UPS’s healthcare network across Europe, providing healthcare companies access to a single source for logistics solutions across the continent.

The purchase is part of UPS’s successful healthcare strategy and brings new value to customers in this growing market. Polar Speed is recognized for its commitment to pharmaceutical logistics customers. It specializes in active temperature-controlled deliveries to hospitals, pharmacies, wholesalers and surgery centers as well as end patients. Polar Speed also offers unique capabilities within the growing homecare direct-to-consumer delivery market. Its customers include some of the best known pharmaceutical brands in the world.