Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Bank CEO pleads not guilty in bid to get Trump post

May. 23, 2019 9:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A banker who prosecutors say tried to buy himself a senior post in President Donald Trump's administration by making risky loans to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pleaded not guilty Thursday to a financial institution bribery charge as his lawyer said he's done nothing wrong....

The Latest: Stephen Calk pleads not guilty in loan scheme

May. 23, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on the charges against bank CEO Stephen Calk (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A banker charged in New York with issuing loans to win a role in President Donald Trump's administration has pleaded not guilty. Stephen Calk entered the plea during an appearance in Manhattan federal court...

Mexico official says former Pemex chief was sanctioned

May. 23, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former executive at Mexico's state-owned oil company who was sanctioned this week by the comptroller's office has been identified as Pemex's former director Emilio Lozoya by the head of the country's financial intelligence unit. Santiago Nieto, who investigates crimes for Mexico's...

PSG president targeted by French corruption probe

May. 23, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is under investigation for corruption related to Qatar's bids to host the 2017 and 2019 track world championships, a judicial official said Thursday. The official told The Associated Press the preliminary charge of "active corruption" was filed...

3 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scam

May. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam. Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court. They are among 14 parents who have agreed to admit to...

Lawyer, vintner plead guilty in college admissions case

May. 21, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A New York lawyer and a Napa Valley vintner have admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme. Gordon Caplan and Agustin Huneeus Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court. Caplan was co-chairman of the prominent law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The...

Russia: Spy arrests reflect anti-corruption fight

May. 20, 2019 9:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the arrest of three senior officers of Russia's top spy agency reflects a no-holds-barred fight against corruption. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday when asked about the arrests that the Kremlin has coordinated anti-corruption efforts...

South Africa ex-president Jacob Zuma in court for corruption

May. 20, 2019 4:57 AM EDT

PIETERMARITZBURG, South Africa (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma is in court facing charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering. Zuma, 77, appeared at the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province Monday on charges of receiving bribes when the government...

Court ruling puts Guatemala vote, anti-graft fight in doubt

May. 16, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A high court ruling barring a crusading former prosecutor's candidacy has turned Guatemala's presidential election on its ear less than a month before the vote, and raised concerns about what will happen to years of efforts to fight endemic corruption. The rejection of Thelma Aldana's...

Georgetown to expel 2 students linked to admissions scandal

May. 16, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., says it is expelling two students linked to an admissions scandal involving the school's former tennis coach. Former coach Gordon Ernst has pleaded not guilty to accepting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as tennis...