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Top Brazil court acquits head of Workers' Party of graft

Jun. 20, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Justices on Brazil's highest court acquitted the Workers' Party president of corruption and money-laundering charges in a case stemming from the country's mammoth graft investigation. Supreme Court justices ruled late Tuesday that prosecutors provided no evidence corroborating the...

Corruption retrial begins for ex-New York Senate leader, son

Jun. 19, 2018 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son returned to a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday for the start of their retrial on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood told prospective jurors that Skelos and his son, Adam, were facing public corruption charges and she was...

Lobbyist convicted of Kentucky deputy attorney general bribe

Jun. 18, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Democratic lobbyist has been convicted of bribing Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement officer in a case voters are likely to see in political ads for next year's race for governor. A federal jury said James Sullivan was trying to bribe Deputy Attorney General Tim Longmeyer in March of...

Romania: Criminal justice revisions worsen graft worries

Jun. 18, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian lawmakers approved revised criminal justice statutes Monday that critics called a setback for prosecuting corruption, votes that took place hours after an American diplomat urged Romania to keep fighting official corruption to prevent "hostile powers" from undermining the...

Spanish king's brother-in-law begins prison term for graft

Jun. 18, 2018 4:40 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion, Spanish prison authorities said Monday. An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division said Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila,...

Chinese insurance regulator admits guilt in graft case

Jun. 15, 2018 3:54 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former chief insurance regulator has pleaded guilty to taking bribes over 12 years in exchange for helping people obtain loans, promotions and other favors, a state news agency reported. Xiang Junbo was the highest-ranking figure in Chinese finance to be ensnared in an anti-graft...

Ex-Kentucky official testifies in lobbyist's bribery trial

Jun. 13, 2018 8:01 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — In 2016, Kentucky's No. 2 law enforcement official gave a lobbyist a ride to his car. Tim Longmeyer had known Jim Sullivan for years, back when Longmeyer was the secretary of the Personnel Cabinet under former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear. When offered the ride, Longmeyer was the...

Brothers who ran $100M health fraud scam sentenced to prison

Jun. 13, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two brothers who admitting bribing doctors in a $100 million health care scheme were sentenced to prison Wednesday, closing a case that featured accounts of cash bribes, prostitutes and $300,000 luxury cars. David Nicoll, 44, considered the orchestrator of the seven-year scheme,...

The Latest: 2nd brother gets 43 months in medical lab scam

Jun. 13, 2018 1:45 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of two brothers who ran a $100 million health fraud scheme between 2006 and 2013 (all times local): 1:40 p.m. The second of two brothers involved in a bribes-for-referrals health fraud scam that brought in more than $100 million has been sentenced to 43...

4 years later, graft taints 10 Brazilian World Cup stadiums

Jun. 12, 2018 10:04 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Four years after the World Cup, Brazil's massive corruption probes have cleared only two of the 12 stadiums. The privately owned arenas in Curitiba and Porto Alegre have gone through other problems, though, along with management disagreements. Here is an update on each of the stadiums...