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US targets graft in Venezuela's flagship food box program

Oct. 21, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Federal prosecutors have unveiled criminal charges against an alleged corruption ring accused of paying millions of dollars in bribes to a top ally of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to profit from lucrative contracts to import food and medicine at a time of widespread...

Texts detail how Ohio regulator gave FirstEnergy inside help

Oct. 21, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Newly surfaced texts between FirstEnergy Corp. executives detail a series of favors delivered to the company by Ohio's top utility regulator, a man under scrutiny in an ongoing federal corruption probe. Akron-based FirstEnergy had a friend on the...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. Police said the...

Los Angeles City Council suspends indicted councilman

Oct. 20, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas pleaded not guilty Wednesday to public corruption charges only hours after his colleagues suspended him and the city controller cut off his pay. Ridley-Thomas, 66, entered pleas to bribery, fraud and conspiracy for...

US sentence reduced for Hugo Chavez's former bodyguard

Oct. 20, 2021 12:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Hugo Chávez's former bodyguard, who became one of the earliest and most-effective witnesses for U.S. investigations into corruption in Venezuela, is scheduled to be released from prison in the coming months. On Tuesday, a Miami federal judge reduced from...

Credit Suisse faces penalties over Mozambique loan deals

Oct. 20, 2021 11:04 AM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — Credit Suisse has announced settlements totaling nearly $700 million with British and U.S. authorities over lending to Mozambique state-owned companies that Swiss regulators say violated anti-money laundering rules. The Swiss financial markets authority...

Mississippi man pleads to federal charge of retaliation

Oct. 19, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has admitted filing a false claim that he was owed $500,000 because an FBI agent and others refused to drop state criminal charges against him. Robert Earl Henderson Jr., 49, of Jackson, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of...

Ex-Mexican federal officer admits taking bribes from cartel

Oct. 19, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — A former Mexican federal police commander admitted Tuesday that he accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to help cartels ship cocaine into the United States. Ivan Reyes Arzate served for years as a main point of contact for...

Indicted LA councilman to 'step back,' but won't resign

Oct. 18, 2021 20:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Days after he was indicted on federal charges, Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said he will “immediately step back” from participation in council meetings and committees, but will not resign. Ridley-Thomas wrote in a letter to...

Venezuela halts talks after Maduro ally's extradition to US

Oct. 16, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Venezuela’s government said Saturday it would halt negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the U.S. of a close ally of President Nicolás Maduro who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South...