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Former border officer sentenced to prison in bribery case

Jan. 21, 2021 12:11 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from Nogales to 2.5 years in prison on a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez sentenced 58-year-old Jose Rosalio Fuentes on Jan. 13 and ordered him to surrender by March 26...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons in California extend to former congressman

Jan. 20, 2021 6:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When then-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham admitted in 2005 to accepting $2.4 million in illegal gifts from defense contractors in exchange for government contracts and other favors, it was considered the largest bribery scandal in congressional history. The disgraced former...

DeWine rejects list of nominees for Ohio utility commission

Jan. 20, 2021 6:30 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine faced swift criticism from consumer advocates Wednesday after he rejected the entire slate of candidates nominated to replace a former top state utility regulator tainted by a $60 million federal bribery investigation and requested a new list. In a letter to the...

Trump pardons Mississippi physician convicted of bribery

Jan. 20, 2021 6:11 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — One of the people pardoned during Donald Trump's final hours as president is a Mississippi physician who pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge in 2012. Dr. Robert S. Corkern was the president, secretary and treasurer of Batesville Hospital Management, which handled business...

FILE - In this June 3, 2017, file photo, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. The former North Carolina congressman and state Republican Party leader who lied to FBI agents about a bribery scandal received a pardon on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, from outgoing President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)

Ex-Rep. Hayes pardoned by Trump for role in bribery scandal

Jan. 20, 2021 4:15 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina congressman and state Republican Party leader who lied to FBI agents about a bribery scandal received a pardon from outgoing President Donald Trump in his final hours in office. Federal authorities said ex-Rep. Robin Hayes participated in a scheme while GOP...

FILE - In this March 27, 2019, file photo, Robert Zangrillo departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The Miami developer and investor, one of many charged with paying bribes to get their children into elite universities, was pardoned early Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, by President Donald Trump. (Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Trump pardons dad charged in college admissions scandal

Jan. 20, 2021 2:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A prominent Miami developer and investor who was among a slew of wealthy parents charged with paying hefty bribes to get their children into elite universities was pardoned early Wednesday by President Donald Trump. Robert Zangrillo was arrested in March 2019 in a college admissions bribery...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, speaks with reporters in New York after pleading not guilty to charges that he ripped off donors to an online fundraising scheme to build a southern border wall. Trump is expected to pardon Bannon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, as part of a flurry of last-minute clemency action that appears to be still in flux in the last hours of his presidency. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Trump pardons ex-strategist Steve Bannon, dozens of others

Jan. 20, 2021 12:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned former chief strategist Steve Bannon in the final hours of his White House term as part of a flurry of clemency action that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-members of Congress and other allies of him and his family. The...

Augusta ex-pharmacist pardoned by Trump on health care fraud

Jan. 20, 2021 11:36 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A former Georgia pharmacist convicted of health care fraud is among 73 people pardoned by outgoing President Donald Trump. John Duncan Fordham of Augusta was convicted in 2005 of one count of health care fraud after an eight-day jury trial. Prosecutors alleged that Fordham kicked back...

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. South Korean court sentences Lee to 2 and a half years in prison over corruption case. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

Jan. 18, 2021 2:31 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a two and a half-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests and ousted South Korea’s then-president. In a...

A woman dances in a fountain in Paris Square, where protesters gathered outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's official residence in Jerusalem, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

In cold weather, anti-Netanyahu protests continue in Israel

Jan. 17, 2021 12:55 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of protesters braved a cold night in Jerusalem on Saturday to press on with their calls for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down over corruption charges against him. Demonstrators gathered at a Jerusalem square near Netanyahu’s official residence. The...