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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...

Brazilian federal police arrest businessman Eike Batista

Aug. 8, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Federal police on Thursday arrested Brazilian businessman Eike Batista, once the holder of the country's biggest fortune, on suspicion of market manipulation and money laundering. This is the second time that authorities have arrested Batista, a former oil and mining magnate who in...

Thailand's fugitive ex-premier gets Serbian citizenship

Aug. 8, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Fugitive former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was sentenced in Thailand to five years in prison on graft-related charges, has received Serbian citizenship. State news agency Tanjug reported Thursday that the Serbian government granted her the citizenship "because it...

Pakistan again arrests daughter of convicted ex-PM Sharif

Aug. 8, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A spokeswoman for Pakistan's main opposition party says authorities detained the daughter of the country's convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while she was visiting her father in prison. Maryam Aurangzeb, spokeswoman for the Pakistan Muslim League party, said the arrest of...

UN probes corruption in its own agencies in Yemen aid effort

Aug. 5, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations investigators assembled in the departure hall of Sanaa's airport were preparing to leave with precious evidence: laptops and external drives collected from the staff of the World Health Organization. These computers, they believed, contained proof of corruption and fraud...