Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Iowa public defender quits side police job after criticism

Nov. 15, 2019 11:59 AM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A supervisor in the Iowa public defender’s office has resigned his longtime side job as a police officer after critics said it created a conflict of interest. Mike Adams, supervisor of the special defense unit, resigned last month from the Colfax Police Department, where he...

Ex-tennis club chief to plead guilty in college bribery case

Nov. 15, 2019 5:41 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former president of a private tennis club in Texas is expected to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal. Martin Fox is scheduled to appear in Boston’s federal court Friday. The 62-year-old from Houston previously agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge...

Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

Nov. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that Democrats have been using to describe President Donald Trump’s...

Ex-lobbyist faces Nov. 25 sentencing for Arkansas bribery

Nov. 13, 2019 6:06 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former lobbyist who pleaded guilty to bribing three former Arkansas lawmakers including the governor’s nephew will be sentenced this month, court records show. Rusty Cranford could face up to 10 years in federal prison for bribing Sen. Jon Woods, Rep. Hank Wilkins and...

Ex-insurance exec gets 6 months in college admissions scam

Nov. 13, 2019 5:53 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former California insurance executive was sentenced to six months in prison for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as fake athletic recruits. Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, California, was sentenced in Boston’s federal...

NC woman gets prison for hiding foreign athletes from ICE

Nov. 13, 2019 5:13 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The founder of a now-defunct private school in North Carolina has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hiding foreign student-athletes from federal immigration authorities. News outlet report 65-year-old Evelyn Mack was sentenced Tuesday after previously pleading guilty to...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib ordered to enter defense in 1MDB case

Nov. 11, 2019 10:49 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian judge on Monday ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to enter a defense at his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting at the 1MDB state investment fund that helped spur his shocking election ouster last year. Defense lawyers said...

Lobbying by sitting Illinois lawmakers under scrutiny

Nov. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government. The federal bribery charge last month against former Rep. Luis Arroyo laid bare the potential ethics tangle. Most states...

The Latest: Judge orders Najib to enter defense in 1MDB case

Nov. 11, 2019 1:55 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the corruption trial of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (all times local): 11:45 a.m. A Malaysian judge has ordered former Prime Minister Najib Razak to enter a defense in his first corruption trial linked to the massive looting at the 1MDB state...

Graft ruling for Malaysian ex-leader a test for government

Nov. 7, 2019 8:15 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An important court ruling Monday in the first corruption trial of former Malaysian leader Najib Razak will be a test of the legal system and of the credibility of the prime minister who brought about his shocking ouster from office last year. Najib is charged in five separate...