Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Drug trafficker tells of bribe to ex-president of Mexico

Jan. 15, 2019 6:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Colombian drug trafficker testified Tuesday that Mexican cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman boasted about paying a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico to call off a manhunt for the notorious kingpin. Alex Cifuentes spoke about the alleged bribe to former President...

Takeda corruption probe sullies 2020 Tokyo Olympics and IOC

Jan. 15, 2019 3:44 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tsunekazu Takeda, the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee and a powerful IOC member, again denied corruption allegations against him, suggesting on Tuesday that any guilt was with others at the Japanese body. Takeda read a seven-minute prepared text and then took no questions from...

Ex-Atlanta official collapses during sentencing for bribery

Jan. 14, 2019 7:41 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The sentencing hearing for a former high-ranking Atlanta city official was dramatically cut short Monday when she collapsed to the floor as the judge sentenced her to prison. Katrina Taylor-Parks, 49, pleaded guilty in August to conspiring to accept bribes while she was former Atlanta Mayor...

Cyprus' top court hits back at nepotism, collusion claims

Jan. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' supreme court says allegations by the attorney general's brother that a web of familial ties between judges and lawyers has resulted in favorable rulings are an unfounded and "blatant attack" on the judicial system. The court said Monday that the allegations by veteran lawyer...

Ex-correctional officer sentenced in Maryland bribery case

Jan. 14, 2019 11:43 AM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A former correctional officer has been sentenced to a decade in prison after pleading guilty to bribery and conspiracy, marking the end of a two-year investigation into corruption inside Maryland's prisons. Phillipe Jordan Jr. was sentenced Friday. Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced...

Former Arkansas lawmaker charged in scheme to bribe judge

Jan. 11, 2019 4:54 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury's award in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. A federal indictment unsealed Friday shows former state Sen. Gilbert...

Prison guard gets 3 years in prison in Turkey-related case

Jan. 11, 2019 4:23 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York federal prison guard who admitted accepting over $25,000 in cash bribes to smuggle cellphones, alcohol and food to a wealthy Turkish gold trader who was awaiting trial was sentenced Friday to three years in prison. Judge Richard Sullivan said he wanted the public, prison...

Former lobbyist in Kentucky gets nearly 3 years for bribery

Jan. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Democratic lobbyist convicted of bribing a top official in the Kentucky attorney general's office was sentenced on Thursday to more than 2 ½ years in prison. James Sullivan received two years and nine months and was fined $25,000 by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell....

Spanish police arrest tennis players in match-fixing ring

Jan. 10, 2019 8:22 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say 28 professional tennis players, including one who participated in last year's U.S. Open, have been linked to an international organized group accused of fixing matches. Authorities said on Thursday the players tainted results after taking bribes from an Armenian ring that...

Former CEO pleads guilty to fentanyl spray kickback scheme

Jan. 9, 2019 5:01 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former chief executive of a company that produces a potentially addictive fentanyl spray pleaded guilty Wednesday to scheming with his colleagues to bribe doctors into increasing prescriptions to boost sales. Former Insys Therapeutics CEO Michael Babich also agreed to cooperate with...