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Defense says auditor not to blame for contract payments

Jun. 24, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Evidence presented Friday in the corruption trial of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness suggests McGuiness expected an employee to handle a controversial contractor payment at the heart of her criminal case, not knowing the employee would quit while on vacation. ...

Ex-aide admits lied to grand jury in auditor corruption case

Jun. 23, 2022 21:04 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former chief of staff to Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness admitted during testimony in her criminal corruption trial Thursday that he lied under oath to a grand jury that was investigating McGuiness. Thomas Van Horn acknowledged under cross-examination by...

Brazil judge releases former Bolsonaro minister from jail

Jun. 23, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian federal judge on Thursday released a former education minister of President Jair Bolsonaro a day after he was arrested by federal police in a graft investigation. Judge Ney Bello said Milton Ribeiro and four other suspects should be freed because they...

Ex-Venezuela mayor pleads guilty for $3.8 million in bribes

Jun. 23, 2022 12:47 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A onetime ally of the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez pleaded guilty in Miami on Thursday for taking $3.8 million in bribes in exchange for steering lucrative oil contracts from foreign-owned joint ventures to officials in Venezuela's socialist government and military. ...

Daughter testifies at corruption trial of Delaware auditor

Jun. 22, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The daughter of Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness testified Wednesday at her mother’s criminal corruption trial, saying she earned her pay after being hired for a part-time job in the auditor’s office but was treated poorly by other staffers. Elizabeth...

9th mayor in Puerto Rico this year accused of corruption

Jun. 21, 2022 17:27 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former Puerto Rico mayor who vanished earlier this year while still in his position appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty in a federal corruption case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said José Luis Cruz is accused of participating in a bribery...

Former Honolulu prosecutor indicted on bribery allegations

Jun. 17, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. grand jury has indicted Honolulu’s former top prosecutor and four others, alleging that employees of an engineering and architectural firm bribed Keith Kaneshiro with campaign donations in exchange for Kaneshiro’s prosecution of a former company employee. ...

Peruvian president faces investigation in corruption case

Jun. 17, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Pedro Castillo appeared Friday before national prosecutors to face questions as part of an investigation against him in which he is accused of being the leader of an alleged criminal conspiracy that received bribes for public works contracts. ...

AG to probe of Chaves County fatal deputy-involved shooting

Jun. 17, 2022 13:48 PM EDT

CHAVES COUNTY, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Attorney General's office is taking over the investigation into the shooting death of a suspect by Chaves County deputies. Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement Friday that District Attorney Dianna Luce asked for the review...

EXPLAINER: The scandal engulfing South Africa's president

Jun. 17, 2022 04:19 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could face criminal charges and is already facing calls to step down over claims that he tried to cover up the theft of millions of dollars in U.S. currency that was hidden inside furniture at his game farm. The...