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Guatemala: Ex-economy minister sought on graft charges

Jan. 16, 2020 8:39 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former economy minister was declared a fugitive from justice Thursday, a day after he appeared in court to face corruption allegations. Chief anti-impunity prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval said Acisclo Valladares Urruela was not at his residence when authorities went there in the...

New filing in college bribery case against Loughlin, husband

Jan. 16, 2020 4:06 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new prosecution filing in the college admissions cheating case targets defense claims by actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California in the guise of...

Ex-CPA pleads guilty to bribery in Hoover Dam audit contract

Jan. 15, 2020 7:29 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former Las Vegas certified public accountant has become the second man to plead guilty in a bribery scheme involving a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation contract at Hoover Dam and tax fraud, the Internal Revenue Service said Wednesday. Dustin Lewis’ pleas on Tuesday to two conspiracy...

Guatemala: former minister, lawmakers face graft probes

Jan. 15, 2020 3:02 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former economy minister in Guatemala appeared in court to face corruption allegations on Wednesday, a day after leaving office amid a change of government and losing the immunity from prosecution he enjoyed as a Cabinet official. Acisclo Valladares Urruela wasn't the only one to...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, investor John Wilson arrives at federal court in Boston, with his wife Leslie, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. A federal grand jury in Boston returned an additional indictment charging Wilson with filing a false tax return. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Parent faces new tax fraud charge in college bribery case

Jan. 14, 2020 5:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts real estate developer accused of paying $220,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California faces a new tax fraud charge. John Wilson, 59, of Lynnfield, Mass., was indicted Tuesday on one count of filing a false tax return. He has previously pleaded not guilty...

FILE - In this May 17, 2011  file photo, a New York City Department of Corrections bus passes the sign near the gate at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York.  Four correctional officers at Rikers Island jail have been suspended without pay after they allegedly stood by and failed to stop a teenage inmate from hanging himself on Thanksgiving, leaving him hospitalized in intensive care. Nicholas Feliciano, 18, remained unconscious in a hospital prison ward Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 a week after he nearly died in his Rikers Island jail cell, according to the Legal Aid Society, the public defender organization that represents him in court.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

6 guards, 15 others charged in Rikers Island bribery case

Jan. 14, 2020 1:38 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors announced charges Tuesday against six New York City correctional officers accused of taking thousands of dollars in bribes to smuggle drugs to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex. Fifteen other people, including several inmates, also were charged in criminal...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov, Poo)

Israel's lawmakers deliver setback for Netanyahu immunity

Jan. 13, 2020 2:41 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli lawmakers on Monday approved the formation of a committee to consider Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request for legal immunity, a major setback for the embattled leader who is seeking to fend off corruption charges. Netanyahu was charged in November with fraud, breach of...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston. Kapoor and former top employees of the pharmaceutical company are facing a reckoning for their role in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say boosted sales of a powerful, highly addictive painkiller and helped fuel the national opioid epidemic.
Starting Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, seven people who worked for Insys Therapeutics will appear in Boston to be sentenced by a federal judge. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Ex-drug company execs face reckoning in opioid bribery case

Jan. 12, 2020 3:27 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The founder and former top employees of a pharmaceutical company are facing a reckoning for their role in a bribery scheme that prosecutors say boosted sales of a powerful, highly addictive painkiller and helped fuel the national opioid epidemic. Starting Monday, seven people who worked for...

In this Thursday Jan. 9, 2020 photo Polish Senate Speaker Tomasz Grodzki speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Following fall elections, Speaker Tomasz Grodzki, from the centrist opposition, has become the only politician with any real power to put up roadblocks to the populist ruling party as it seeks to exert full control of the judicial system. A prominent surgeon, Grodzki is using that role as much as he can, angering the government, which has been seeking to discredit him with claims he took bribes as a doctor. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish Senate speaker pushes back against bribe allegations

Jan. 10, 2020 2:27 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prominent transplant surgeon who serves as speaker of Poland's Senate defended himself from allegations that he took bribes from patients, claims that appeared in state-controlled media and which the doctor-politician's supporters said were an attempt to discredit a government...

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, walks out from the courtroom at the court house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for his corruption trial Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Razak has started his defense Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in his first corruption trial linked to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund, that helped led to his downfall last year. (AP Photo)

Malaysian graft buster: Voice clips show cover-up by ex-PM

Jan. 8, 2020 2:00 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday released a series of audio recordings allegedly showing former Prime Minister Najib Razak seeking help from Abu Dhabi's crown prince and colluding with a former prosecutor to conceal wrongdoings linked to a massive corruption...