Off the Books


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Off the Books

A payment for which no record is kept. Off the books payments may simply result from poor record keeping. However, the term connotes illegal or unethical payments. For example, a bribe may be kept off the books.
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If the state takes the rule off the books, those continued lawsuits evaporate.
But scholars are barking up the wrong tree when they focus on work that is completely off the books. The more common practice is the envelope of cash slipped to an officially low-wage employee.
In Off the Books, SudhirAlladi Venkatesh posits that if a transaction occurs in the ghetto and no one writes it down, it still counts as trade.
During his service undercover American intelligence agent 'borrowed' his skills off the books, from his unit and used him to carry out planned assassinations.
The 63,500-student Cleveland school system reported just 620 excused absences last year, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer obtained e-mail exchanges among district staffers indicating the low figure "was no clerical error but the result of an orchestrated effort to keep student absences off the books." At first, absent pupils were marked present if they later received makeup assignments, but ultimately nearly all of the absences went unrecorded in reports to the state.
And Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey is confident that the 28year-old will be at Molineux, unless the club accept a bid for a striker they are eager to get off the books.
But until the last of the excess baggage is off the books and the only players left are the ones Moyes has brought in, we can't start thinking along the lines of Champions League football on a regular basis.
concealed about 540 million yen in taxable income, including some funds kept off the books, generated from construction of waste disposal plants in the three fiscal years through March 2002, informed sources said Wednesday.
He confesses that crime fighting at times requires some negotiations off the books. "Sometimes you have to let certain things go to get to what you need:' says Jackson.
would give up control of the World Trade Center site in exchange for New York's airports is off the books for good.
"At its simplest, the American underground is where economic activities remain off the books, where they are unrecorded, unreported, and in violation of the law," Schlosser writes.
The plan is to I "take all of the slots off the books that the money already went away for," said Chief of Staff Gen.