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Feds seek 21 months for Hot Pockets heiress in college scam

Feb. 25, 2020 5:44 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutorsare seeking nearly two years in prison for an heiress to the Hot Pockets microwavable snack fortune who agreed to pay $300,000 to cheat the college admissions process for her daughters in a nationwide bribery scheme. Michelle Janavs, whose family developed Hot Pockets before...

Michael Center, former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, runs from federal court in Boston, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, after being sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Ex-coach gets 6 months in college scam, runs from courthouse

Feb. 24, 2020 5:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin sprinted away from a scrum of reporters and his own lawyers Monday after he was sentenced to six months in prison for taking a $100,000 bribe as part of a sweeping college admissions scam. Michael Center collapsed into his...

Xiaoning Sui, a Chinese national residing in British Columbia, Canada, leaves federal court, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Boston, after pleading guilty to paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Parent pleads guilty in college admissions scheme

Feb. 21, 2020 4:41 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A woman charged in the college admissions scandal pleaded guilty Friday to paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit. Xiaoning Sui, 49, a Chinese citizen who lives in Surrey, British Columbia, pleaded guilty to a single count of...

Relatives post a photo of Fatima, a 7-year-old girl who was abducted from the entrance of the Enrique C. Rebsamen primary school and later murdered, at her home in Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The girl's body was found wrapped in a bag and abandoned in a rural area on Saturday and was identified by genetic testing. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexican suspect once lived with dead girl's family

Feb. 20, 2020 1:56 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A woman who allegedly took a seven-year-old girl away from school to be killed may have lived with the girl's family for a while in Mexico City to escape domestic violence. The revelation may explain why the girl identified only as “Fatima” went willingly with the suspect...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday Feb. 20, 2020 by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to World Cup television rights. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss prosecutors charge Al-Khelaifi in FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 8:18 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi was charged Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection with a wider bribery investigation linked to FIFA and World Cup television rights. The office of Switzerland’s attorney general filed an indictment charging Al-Khelaifi...

Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi in a FIFA bribery case

Feb. 20, 2020 5:40 AM EST
BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss federal prosecutors have indicted Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi in a FIFA bribery case.
Former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrives to attend his trial at the Seoul High Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Nearly a year after he was bailed out of jail while facing corruption charges, Lee was taken back into custody on Wednesday after an appeals court sentenced him to a lengthier prison term of 17 year over bribery, embezzlement and other convictions. (Lim Hun-jung/Yonhap via AP)

Ex-S. Korea President Lee sent back to jail over corruption

Feb. 19, 2020 4:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly a year after he was bailed out of jail while facing corruption charges, former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was taken back into custody on Wednesday after an appeals court sentenced him to a lengthier prison term of 17 year over bribery, embezzlement and other...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting, in Jerusalem, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign

Feb. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The criminal trial for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, court officials announced Tuesday, shaking up the final stretch of a contentious election campaign and hurting the longtime Israeli leader’s hopes of forming a new government after the vote. The...

Border Patrol ex-agent gets 6-year term for aiding smugglers

Feb. 15, 2020 6:22 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A former U.S. Border Patrol agent who admitted helping traffickers smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border has been sentenced to six years in prison on drug and bribery convictions. A federal judge in Tucson on Friday imposed the prison term on 50-year-old Jose Antonio Yanez of...

FILE - This undated photo provided by Robert Brown Public Relations shows Greg Lindberg. Lindberg, and two associates, accused of fraud conspiracy and bribery counts related to an alleged scheme of giving up to $2 million in campaign money to help Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey in exchange for Causey pushing aside a senior deputy, go on trial next week. (Robert Brown Public Relations/Greg Lindberg via AP, File)

Political corruption trial of big N Carolina donor to start

Feb. 15, 2020 10:26 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An insurance company magnate and two associates go on trial this week on charges they conspired to bribe an elected North Carolina regulator with up to $2 million in campaign money so scrutiny of his businesses would ease. U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn will preside over the case...