Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility as the judge deliberates during a sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C .A new motion filed, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Bergdahl lawyers say judge's job application posed conflict

Sep. 18, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday...

Parties dispute how far feds will let Madigan probe go

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. attorney investigating a state government bribery scandal that implicates the longtime House speaker on Thursday OK'd a separate probe by a House committee, but Democrats and Republicans don't agree one how far it can go. The chairman of the special investigating...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, former Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, is seen at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020 to tax evasion in federal court. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He's the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government's ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Sep. 16, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former longtime Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal tax charge. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into...

Agency to review spending by utility tied to bribery probe

Sep. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A regulatory agency that oversees utility rates in Ohio has asked an electric company tied to an alleged $60 million bribery scheme to show it did not use customers' money to support passage of legislation to subsidize two struggling nuclear power plants. The Public Utilities Commission of...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives for a meeting with the Italian Cgil union, in Rome. Prosecutors in Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation on Monday, Sept. 24, charged former the former President with money laundering, less than a year after the country’s top court ordered him freed from jail while he appealed his conviction in another case. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Brazil's da Silva faces new charge of money laundering

Sep. 14, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in Brazil's sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation on Monday charged former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with money laundering, less than a year after the country's top court ordered him freed from jail while he appealed his conviction in another case. ...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Sep. 14, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers: Browns season is finally here, but what will it look like for fans and players? Clevland Plain Dealer Sept. 12 Gov. Mike DeWine has given a gift to the Browns and Bengals during the NFL’s COVID-19-shadowed season this year -- a...

Fifth indicted in a scheme to rig state education contracts

Sep. 11, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Memphis lawyer has been indicted for conspiring with a former top official in the Mississippi Department of Education to rig contracts and steal public money, authorities said Friday. Errol Harmon, 47, is charged with conspiracy, bribery, and interstate transportation in aid of...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi will go on trial starting Sept. 14, 2020 in Switzerland in September, implicated in providing a holiday villa to a FIFA official linked to a World Cup broadcasting deal. The court has listed 10 days in September to hear the case against al-Khelaifi, former top FIFA official Jerome Valcke and another broadcasting executive who was not identified. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss court puts Qatari on trial in soccer case next week

Sep. 11, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In Switzerland’s federal criminal court on Monday, Nasser al-Khelaifi will become the first Qatari to stand trial almost six years after FIFA asked prosecutors to investigate the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Al-Khelaifi, the president of Champions League finalist Paris...

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to media outside court house in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Lim has been charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March, and his party slammed the criminal charge as political persecution by the new government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's ex-finance minister faces 2 fresh graft charges

Sep. 11, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Friday to two new corruption charges, saying the legal moves against him were politically motivated ahead of impending elections. Lim Guan Eng was charged last month with three counts of corruption linked to his...

Indian Health doctor pleads guilty to receiving kickbacks

Sep. 10, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former Indian Health Services doctor who worked in Browning pleaded guilty Thursday to charges that he received kickbacks for prescribing a costly diabetes medication that had to be filled at an outside pharmacy, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Arnold Scott Devous, 68, of...