Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Doctor among painkiller's top dispensers is convicted

Dec. 5, 2019 6:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York doctor described as one of the nation's top dispensers of a highly addictive painkiller 50 to 100 times as potent as morphine was convicted Thursday of accepting over $300,000 in bribes disguised as speaker fees to write prescriptions. Gordon Freedman, 59, of Mount Kisco, was...

Articles of impeachment: Explaining what's next in the House

Dec. 5, 2019 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Democrats will draft articles of impeachment against President Trump, a crucial step toward a vote of the full House. The articles are likely to mostly encompass Democrats' findings on Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Democrats are still...

R Kelly hit with new charges in NYC

Dec. 5, 2019 5:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors in New York City hit indicted singer R. Kelly with new bribery charges Thursday that appear to be related to his 1994 marriage to a teenager. A revised indictment in federal court in Brooklyn accuses R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a “fraudulent identification...

Former FAA inspector gets 6 years for bribery, fraud scheme

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to six years and three months in prison for his part in a bribery and fraud scheme. A federal jury in Miami found Manuel Fernandez, 42, guilty in June of 21 criminal counts, including bribery,...

Close associates of Israeli PM to be indicted in graft case

Dec. 5, 2019 2:54 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s state prosecutor said Thursday he intends to indict seven men, including close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a sweeping graft case related to a possible conflict of interest involving a $2 billion purchase of German submarines. State prosecutor Shai...

Amid scandal, UAW leaders name Rory Gamble as president

Dec. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Members of the United Auto Workers executive board have voted to appoint Rory Gamble as the union's new president. He will serve the remainder of former President Gary Jones' term, which runs until the union’s convention in June of 2022. Jones stepped down last month after being...

UK anti-fraud agency investigating commodities firm Glencore

Dec. 5, 2019 10:43 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Commodities company Glencore says it’s facing an investigation by the British government’s fraud investigator amid suspicions of bribery. The company and Britain’s Serious Fraud Office confirmed the investigation in two-line statements. The fraud office said Thursday it...

Former Indian finance minister protests economic policies

Dec. 5, 2019 2:57 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A former Indian finance minister just released on bail in a bribery case joined a protest Thursday of the government’s economic policies, which are being blamed for India’s slowest economic growth in six years. Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the lower growth rate...

Local union leaders send Fiat Chrysler contract to members

Dec. 4, 2019 5:41 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Union leaders from Fiat Chrysler factories are sending a new four-year contract to a membership vote. The 47,000 members of the United Auto Workers union at the company will vote on the deal starting Friday. Local leaders assembled on Wednesday in Detroit to go over the pact, which...

Former Indian finance minister Chidambaram granted bail

Dec. 4, 2019 10:30 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the release of a key opposition Congress party leader on bail in a case involving alleged bribery and money laundering benefitting his son’s company. Palaniappan Chidambaram, a former finance minister, has denied the allegations and...