Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Officer who guarded El Chapo's wife arrested in drug sting

Sep. 19, 2019 7:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City police officer who moonlighted as a bodyguard for the wife of convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in a drug sting Wednesday after prosecutors say he transported cocaine for an undercover officer posing as a drug dealer. Ishmael Bailey, 36,...

Labor pick will seek ethics advice on brokers conflict rule

Sep. 19, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for Labor secretary sought to quell concerns among Democrats that he's too close to the corporate world, telling lawmakers Thursday that if confirmed he'll ask ethics officials if he can participate in the crafting of a conflict of interest rule for...

North Carolina donor wants political bribery case dropped

Sep. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for the North Carolina insurance magnate charged with trying to bribe the state's top insurance regulator say the case should be dismissed because he was exercising his right to support elected officials who were responsive to constituents. Greg Lindberg's lawyers this week...

Indonesia sports minister resigns over corruption allegation

Sep. 19, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's sports minister resigned Thursday after being accused of stealing 26.5 billion rupiah ($1.8 million) in public money. Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi said at a news conference in the capital, Jakarta, that President Joko Widodo had accepted his resignation so he...

Prosecutor son's job prompts turning over telescope arrests

Sep. 18, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Hawaii attorney general's office will take over prosecution of protesters arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope. Big Island prosecutor Mitch Roth said Wednesday he turned over the cases in response to an Associated...

Pitino settles with Louisville, ready for 'new chapter'

Sep. 18, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A fiercely competitive coach on the court, Rick Pitino didn't want to fight in one anymore. So the University of Louisville Athletic Association and Pitino settled lawsuits stemming from his departure from the school, with the former men's basketball coach's personnel file changing...

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit has become the 52nd person charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Xiaoning Sui, 48, of Surrey, British...

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's Netanyahu

Sep. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to hold on to power in Tuesday's historic repeat election as the shadow of various corruption charges loom over his future. Israel's attorney general has recommended pressing criminal charges against him in three separate corruption...

North Macedonia prosecutor dismissed over corruption scandal

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia have dismissed a special prosecutor tasked with investigating high-level corruption who herself has been detained under suspicion of involvement in a high-profile graft scandal. All 102 lawmakers present at the session in the 120-member parliament...