Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2017, file photo, Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil, arrives to federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Marin, the former head of Brazilian soccer, was granted compassionate release from a U.S. federal prison on Monday, March 30, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic, his sentence cut short by about eight months. Marin was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2018 for his participation in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to soccer tournaments. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Fle)

Prison sentence of Brazil soccer executive Marin cut short

Mar. 30, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of Brazilian soccer was granted compassionate release from a U.S. federal prison on Monday amid the new coronavirus pandemic, his sentence cut short by about eight months. José Maria Marin was sentenced to four years in prison in August 2018 for his participation in a...

College bribery scandal figure freed early over virus fear

Mar. 26, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California winemaker who was convicted in the college admissions bribery scandal has been released early from federal prison because of concerns over the coronavirus. Agustin Huneeus Jr., 54, was freed on March 17, two weeks before the end of his five-month prison term, after U.S....

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston.

Loughlin, Giannulli: College bribery charges must be tossed

Mar. 25, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — “Full House” Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of “extraordinary” misconduct. ...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel. Israel's President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday, March 15 said he has decided to give Gantz the first opportunity to form a new government following an inconclusive national election this month. Rivlin's office announced his decision late Sunday after consulting with leaders of all of the parties elected to parliament. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government

Mar. 15, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future. The...

FILE - March 15, 2019, David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada, leaves following his federal court hearing in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy charge in Boston federal court on Friday, March 13, 2020. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Ex-Canadian football player admits to college scam

Mar. 13, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Canadian Football League player pleaded guilty Friday to participating in a college admissions cheating scheme by hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons. David Sidoo, a businessman from Vancouver, British Columbia, pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy charge in...

Pakistan anti-graft body arrests newspaper, TV mogul Rehman

Mar. 12, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's anti-graft body Thursday ordered the arrest of the owner and editor-in-chief of Pakistan's largest independent group of newspapers and TV stations in a decades-old case related to allegations of tax evasion in a real estate purchase. Mir Shakilur Rehman's Jang Group of...

Miami crime expert to plead guilty in Venezuela graft case

Mar. 11, 2020 10:40 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A University of Miami professor who is a top expert on money laundering in Latin America is scheduled to plead guilty for trying to hide $3 million in proceeds from a corruption scheme with Venezuela's socialist government. Bruce Bagley, 73, was arrested in November on three counts of money...

New trial ordered for ex-US Army colonel in bribe scheme

Mar. 11, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge ordered a new trial Wednesday for a retired U.S. Army colonel convicted of bribing Haitian government officials, saying his lawyer failed to adequately defend him. Joseph Baptiste, of Fulton, Maryland, was convicted by a jury in June of soliciting bribes from undercover...

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks to reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Senate panel postpones subpoena vote in Hunter Biden probe

Mar. 11, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-led Senate committee has postponed a subpoena vote as part of its investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, though the chairman of the panel says the probe related to the Democratic presidential front-runner will move forward. The Senate Homeland...

In this April 3, 2019, photo, Lori Loughlin, left, arrives at federal court in Boston with her attorney Sean Berkowitz to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Berkowitz, a former federal prosecutor, has a reputation for being fearless, yet cool-headed and a master at navigating complex cases. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Loughlin, Giannulli lawyer is prosecutors' 'worst nightmare'

Mar. 11, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — After winning guilty verdicts against top Enron executives in one of the most high-profile cases of corporate fraud, the lead prosecutor declared: “No matter how rich and powerful you are, you have to play by the rules.” More than a decade later, that same lawyer, Sean...