Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Ethics panel opens investigation into GOP's Madison Cawthorn

May. 23, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn had a conflict of interest in a cryptocurrency he promoted and engaged in an improper relationship with a member of his staff, the panel said Monday. The investigation is...

Light sentences in 2 US cases targeting graft in Venezuela

May. 23, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two U.S. criminal cases targeting Venezuela’s government ended Monday in a four-year prison sentence for a Miami businessman who serviced the country’s Russian fighter jets and a light sentence for another individual who implicated a fierce opponent of President Nicolas Maduro in...

Former sheriff gets 12 years for bribery, money laundering

May. 20, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Tidewater Virginia sheriff was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for bribery and money laundering. Former Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe apologized to the court before the sentence was issued, news outlets reported. McCabe was ordered into custody in...

Veteran Miami DEA agents charged in bribery conspiracy

May. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

A current U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent and a former supervisor in the agency were charged Friday with leaking confidential law enforcement information to defense lawyers in Miami in exchange for $70,000 in cash. A five-count indictment unsealed in New York charges the...

Parents convicted in college scam remain free during appeal

May. 19, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two men convicted of buying their kids’ way into top universities will stay out of prison while they appeal their cases in the college admissions bribery scheme, a Boston judge ordered Thursday. Also Thursday, another judge ruled that a woman who worked for the...

Ex-interim mayor in Puerto Rico pleads guilty to corruption

May. 19, 2022 15:36 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A former interim mayor in Puerto Rico pleaded guilty Thursday to participating in a bribery conspiracy just weeks after the ex-mayor he replaced pleaded guilty in the same case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Ramón Conde Meléndez, who also once...

Ex-Fort Bragg worker gets 3 years for taking bribes

May. 19, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man who worked at Fort Bragg was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in prison for bribery and money laundering related to government contracts, according to a federal prosecutor. U.S. Attorney Michael Easley said in a news release...

Ex-Charlotte Mayor Cannon doesn't advance in council primary

May. 18, 2022 11:02 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A former mayor of North Carolina's largest city, disgraced from a corruption investigation that ultimately sent him to federal prison, has come up short in his bid to return to municipal office. Patrick Cannon finished last in a six-candidate race in...

2 plead guilty in scheme to manipulate Amazon Marketplace

May. 18, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two more defendants have pleaded guilty for their role in a multimillion-dollar scheme to manipulate the Amazon Marketplace e-commerce platform. Six people have been charged in the conspiracy, which federal prosecutors say involved paying bribes to get Amazon...

Wisconsin judge skeptical of election grant arguments

May. 17, 2022 16:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday voiced skepticism about a lawsuit challenging the legality of private grant money awarded to Madison to help run the 2020 election, calling some of the arguments “ridiculous,” a “stretch” and “close to preposterous." The lawsuit...