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Feds: Basketball coach bribed by indicted Florida man

Jul. 21, 2018 2:43 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Federal authorities say a Florida businessman already charged with orchestrating a massive Medicare fraud scheme bribed a former university basketball coach to help get his son admitted to an Ivy League university. Prosecutors allege the payments were intended to help the son of nursing home...

Alabama attorney, company official convicted in bribery case

Jul. 20, 2018 9:22 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A prominent Alabama attorney and a coal company executive were convicted Friday on federal charges involving bribery of a state lawmaker. The verdict against Joel Gilbert, a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm, and Drummond Co. Vice President David Roberson was announced after...

S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

Jul. 20, 2018 4:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws. She now faces the prospect of more than three decades behind bars. She's already serving a 24-year prison term...

Arkansas nonprofit head pleads guilty in corruption probe

Jul. 19, 2018 7:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The former head of a defunct Arkansas nonprofit that helped at-risk youth pleaded guilty Thursday to diverting more than $120,000 from the group to an unnamed state senator in a widening corruption probe that has already ensnared several former lawmakers. Jerry Walsh pleaded guilty...

Ex-New York senator and son convicted of extortion, bribery

Jul. 17, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son were convicted on Tuesday of extortion, wire fraud and bribery charges of pressuring businesses to give the son no-show jobs or else risk losing the powerful Republican's political support. A jury in federal court in Manhattan deliberated...

Former Maryland state senator sentenced in bribery case

Jul. 17, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former Maryland state senator to three and a half years in prison in a bribery case. U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett ordered the sentence Tuesday for Nathaniel Oaks. The sentence for the 71-year-old Baltimore Democrat will be followed by three years of...

A former New York state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges

Jul. 17, 2018 2:19 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York state Senate leader and his son have been convicted of bribery and extortion charges.

Ex-Venezuelan energy official pleads guilty in graft case

Jul. 16, 2018 6:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former official at a state-run electric company in Caracas, Venezuela, pleaded guilty Monday to money laundering conspiracy relating to an alleged multibillion-dollar graft scheme in the Venezuelan oil industry. Luis Carlos de Leon-Perez, a 42-year-old dual citizen of the United States and...

The Latest: Death toll leaps to 128 in Pakistan bombing

Jul. 13, 2018 4:29 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The Latest on Pakistan's upcoming national elections and the return of Nawaz Sharif (all times local): 12:55 a.m. A Pakistani government official says the death toll from a suicide bombing at an election rally in the country's southwest has risen to 128. Provincial caretaker Home...

Brazil files charges against former executive of U.S company

Jul. 13, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian prosecutors have filed corruption and money laundering charges against Paul Bragg, the former chief executive officer of Houston-based offshore drilling contractor Vantage Drilling Federal prosecutors said in a Thursday night statement that Bragg was involved in the payment of...