Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Honolulu building inspector pleads not guilty in bribe case

Apr. 13, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu building inspector pleaded not guilty Tuesday to allegations he took bribes in exchange for favors, including nullifying a Waikiki building code violation. Jason Dadez is among five former and current employees of the Honolulu Department of...

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma must pay legal fees

Apr. 13, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma has been denied state funding for his legal fees in an upcoming corruption trial and has been ordered to pay back an estimated $2 million in lawyers' charges that he has received over the years. The ruling...

Broadband nonprofit's ex-CEO charged with misusing funds

Apr. 10, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man who served as CEO of a broadband nonprofit has been indicted on federal charges that he misused government contract money and used more than $160,000 in company funds to pay for a boat and a family vacation. A grand jury on Thursday...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib vows to fight bankruptcy over tax bill

Apr. 07, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak said he has received a bankruptcy notice for failing to pay $411 million in taxes, slamming it as a political move to wreck his career. In a Facebook post, Najib said the bankruptcy notice was...

Honolulu building plans examiner admits to taking bribes

Apr. 07, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu building plans examiner admitted during a court hearing Wednesday that she expedited a local architect's projects in exchange for bribes. Kanani Padeken, who was put on paid leave from the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting, and...

Oil trader admits to role in major Ecuador bribery scheme

Apr. 07, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former representative for commodities giant Gunvor pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping channel more than $22 million in bribes to high-level officials in Ecuador in exchange for lucrative contracts with the state-run oil company. As part of his plea deal in...

Prison guard charged in drug smuggling scheme

Apr. 06, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A federal prison guard in Florida has been accused of participating in a scheme to smuggle drugs into a facility, officials said. A federal grand jury in Ocala returned an indictment last week against Wayne Grant Jr., who's charged with receipt of a...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib appeals graft conviction in 1MDB saga

Apr. 05, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court on Monday began hearing an appeal by ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak to overturn his conviction and 12-year jail sentence linked to the massive looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that brought down his government in 2018. ...

Designer Mossimo Giannulli released from California prison

Apr. 03, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli has been released from a California prison and is under home confinement following his imprisonment for his role in a college admissions bribery scheme, according to a person familiar with the matter. Giannulli, 57,...

6 charged in Honolulu planning, permitting bribery scheme

Mar. 31, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu officials in the city's planning and permitting department took bribes from architects, contractors and others in exchange for expediting or approving projects, U.S. prosecutors said. A now-retired building plans examiner accepted at least...