Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Groups ask utilities commission to investigate ex-chairman

Jan. 27, 2021 4:24 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Environmental advocacy groups asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio on Wednesday to expand its investigation of Ohio's largest electric utility to include whether the commission's former chairman was unduly influenced by the company, Akron-based FirstEnergy Corp. A motion...

FILE - Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, foreground, departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Giannulli is asking to serve the remainder of his five-month prison term at home, saying he spent eight weeks in solitary confinement before being transferred to a minimum security camp this week. Giannulli's lawyers said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Giannulli believed he would only be held in quarantine for a short time before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Mossimo Giannulli loses bid to finish prison term at home

Jan. 26, 2021 12:36 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli’s request to serve the remaining three months of his prison term in the college admissions bribery scheme at home was denied Tuesday by a federal judge. Giannulli argued he should be released to home confinement for the rest of his five-month...

FILE - In this May 29, 2014 photo, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman Cedric Cromwell sits behind his desk at the government center in Mashpee, Mass. Cromwell and the owner of a Rhode Island architecture firm were arrested Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, and charged in a bribery scheme involving the tribe's plans to build a resort casino in Taunton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Ex-tribal chairman seeks dismissal in casino bribery case

Jan. 25, 2021 11:31 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former chairman of a Massachusetts tribe is seeking to dismiss some of the federal bribery and extortion charges he's facing over the tribe's long planned casino project. Cedric Cromwell, former chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoags, filed a motion last week to dismiss three bribery counts....

Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong arrives at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Samsung scion Lee will not appeal a court ruling that sentenced him to two and a half years in prison for bribing South Korea's then-president for business favors. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Samsung scion Lee won't appeal prison sentence for bribery

Jan. 25, 2021 4:06 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong and prosecutors have decided not to appeal a court ruling that convicted him for bribing South Korea’s former president for business favors, confirming a prison term of two and a half years for the country’s most influential corporate...

Israeli protesters chant slogans during a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu In Jerusalem, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Protests against Israeli PM Netanyahu continue nationwide

Jan. 23, 2021 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Over a thousand protesters gathered in Jerusalem on Saturday for weekly demonstrations demanding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu step down over corruption charges, as smaller protests were staged at intersections and bridges across the country. Netanyahu faces charges of fraud,...

Lawyer for ex-DEA agent: Charges mired in anti-Italian bias

Jan. 22, 2021 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The indictment of a former federal agent charged with pocketing $250,000 in bribes to protect the Mafia is rooted in a “racial animus” toward Italian Americans, his lawyer contends. Federal prosecutors have failed to identify “a single penny” Joseph Bongiovanni...

FILE - In this  June 11, 2009 file photo, Bermuda's Prime Minister Ewart Brown gives a news conference in Hamilton, Bermuda. Brown, a physician who served as premier of the British territory from 2006 to 2010, was charged on Jan. 20, 2021, with 13 counts of corruption in an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme that spans at least a decade and involves a U.S.-based hospital.  (AP Photo/The Royal Gazette, Akil Simmons, File)

Government charges former Bermuda premier with corruption

Jan. 21, 2021 10:16 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bermuda’s former premier, Ewart Brown, has been charged with 13 counts of corruption in an alleged multimillion-dollar scheme that spans at least a decade and involves a U.S.-based hospital. Brown, a physician who led the British territory from 2006 to 2010, will plead...

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...