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Hungary investigating local angles of Microsoft bribery case

Aug. 23, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian prosecutors say they have launched an investigation into a bribery scheme involving Microsoft's Hungarian office. The Central Investigative Chief Prosecution Office said Friday that its probe is focusing on "fraud causing extraordinarily significant damages" and other...

Avenatti seeks trial delay amid effort to prove Nike claims

Aug. 22, 2019 6:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike $25 million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his outspoken...

Wake Forest coach charged in college admissions scam resigns

Aug. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The Wake Forest women's volleyball coach named in a scheme to help get wealthy children into elite schools has resigned. The school on Thursday announced the resignation of William Ferguson. He says in a statement that "it's essential that I step aside" to allow the program to...

Indian court orders ex-finance minister held for questioning

Aug. 22, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday ordered that a former finance minister belonging to the opposition Congress party be held for four days for questioning by investigators in suspected bribery and money laundering cases. Palaniappan Chidambaram appeared before Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar a day after...

4 Louisiana men to plead guilty in Mississippi bribe scheme

Aug. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

Four Louisiana men say they'll plead guilty to charges that they tried to bribe a Mississippi sheriff with $2,000 in casino chips, seeking lucrative jail contracts. Michael LeBlanc Sr. of Baton Rouge, Michael LeBlanc Jr. of Prairieville, Tawasky Ventroy of Opelousas and Jacque Jones of LaPlace have filed notices...

Lawyer for Israeli diamond magnate denies corruption claims

Aug. 14, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A lawyer for an Israeli diamond magnate facing charges in Switzerland of corruption and forging documents said Wednesday his client didn't send "a single dollar" to "anybody" in Guinea linked to the West African country's late former President Lansana Conte, rejecting allegations by a Geneva...

Ethics commissioner finds Canada PM Trudeau violated ethics

Aug. 14, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's ethics commissioner said Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured a former attorney general to halt the criminal prosecution of a company, a development that could imperil his re-election chances. The report comes just before the official start of...

Israeli tycoon ordered to trial over alleged Guinea bribes

Aug. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say an Israeli billionaire has been ordered to stand trial on corruption and bribery charges allegedly involving a widow of Guinea's former president. Prosecutors in Geneva allege that diamond-mining magnate Beny Steinmetz and two other defendants paid $10 million in bribes...

Bribe or donation? Parent's defense questions the difference

Aug. 9, 2019 11:12 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Robert Zangrillo is accused of paying $250,000 to get his daughter into college as a fake athlete. Prosecutors call it a bribe. But his lawyers say Zangrillo isn't much different from parents who make formal donations to try to give their children an advantage in the admissions process....

Trump, getting facts wrong, says he may free Blagojevich

Aug. 8, 2019 10:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has sent his clearest signal yet that he may be about to sign commutation papers freeing former Illinois governor and one-time "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant Rod Blagojevich from federal prison in Colorado. The 62-year-old Democrat, who was once best known and the...