Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

New graft probe targets Guatemala first lady

Feb. 22, 2019 5:26 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors said Friday they have opened an investigation into first lady Patricia Marroquin de Morales related to apparently unreported campaign checks during President Jimmy Morales' election bid. The announcement follows an investigative report by El Periodico that found that in...

US hits Congo officials with travel bans for graft, abuses

Feb. 22, 2019 4:33 PM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday hit senior Congolese officials with travel bans for their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses surrounding December elections. The State Department said the officials include the president of the country's National Assembly, the...

Chinese-Australian billionaire wins media defamation suit

Feb. 22, 2019 6:34 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Chinese-Australian billionaire Chau Chak Wing was awarded 280,000 Australian dollars ($200,000) in damages on Friday by an Australian judge who ruled he was defamed by a media report that insinuated he bribed a former United Nations general assembly president. The businessman,...

Pakistan orders 9-day detention for held provincial official

Feb. 21, 2019 6:17 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani court has extended the detention of a provincial assembly speaker and opposition member arrested on corruption allegations. The court ordered that Agha Siraj Durrani, the speaker of the parliament in Sindh province, be held for nine more days to allow an anti-graft body...

Lithuania detains 26, including judges, in corruption probe

Feb. 20, 2019 11:05 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian official says 26 people, including eight judges in different courts, have been detained in a corruption probe, suspected of "large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers in the court system." Zydrunas Bartkus, head of Lithuania's anti-corruption...

Former top Chinese general sentenced to life for corruption

Feb. 20, 2019 6:24 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A former top Chinese general has been given a life sentence for taking and distributing bribes and possessing a large amount of property whose origins he could not account for. Fang Fenghui, former chief of the People's Liberation Army's joint staff department, is the latest military figure...

Pakistani court indicts opposition leader in housing scam

Feb. 18, 2019 1:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal has indicted the country's opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif over his alleged links to a multi-million dollar housing scam in the eastern city of Lahore. Sharif was arrested in October on charges of abusing power as chief minister of Punjab from 2013...

Opioid maker used rap video to push powerful painkiller

Feb. 15, 2019 3:19 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps to push the drug. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of...

Ex-Cognizant execs accused of bribing Indian officials

Feb. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department alleges two former executives for Cognizant Technology Solutions paid about $2 million in bribes to Indian officials to build an office campus in the country. Prosecutors said Friday the information technology giant's former president, Gordon Coburn, and ex-chief...

Ex-telecom execs acquitted of paying bribes in Uzbekistan

Feb. 15, 2019 6:53 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Three former executives of telecom company Telia were acquitted Friday of paying bribes in Uzbekistan, with the Swedish court citing lack of evidence. The executives were accused of bribing an Uzbek partner from 2007 to 2010 when Telia, then known as TeliaSonera, set up business...