Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Professor who wrote corruption book charged with laundering

Nov. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida professor of international studies who co-wrote a book about organized crime was arrested Monday on federal charges that he laundered corruption proceeds from Venezuela. Bruce Bagley, 73, of Coral Gables, Florida, was freed on $300,000 bail after an appearance in Miami federal...

Indiana mayor indicted over alleged bribe for contract

Nov. 18, 2019 5:23 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana mayor was arrested Monday after being indicted for allegedly taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for a public contract. The theft of government funds charge unsealed Monday alleges Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler accepted the bribe from an unidentified company in exchange for...

3 charged with bribery at DMV office

Nov. 18, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Two employees with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles have been charged with taking bribes to let a man avoid a line to pay automobile fees. News outlets report that warrants show 21-year-old Alyson Leigh McFerrin and 25-year-old Anna Elizabeth Seay are accused of...

The Latest: Central Indiana mayor indicted over bribe

Nov. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EST

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a central Indiana mayor by FBI agents (all times local): 4:10 p.m. A central Indiana mayor has been indicted on a federal charge of theft of government funds for allegedly taking a $5,000 bribe in exchange for a public contract. An indictment unsealed Monday...

Former Malaysian PM Najib’s third corruption trial opens

Nov. 18, 2019 12:17 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s third corruption trial opened Monday, with prosecutors saying Najib had tampered with a government audit of the 1MDB state investment fund in a bid to avoid civil and criminal proceedings. Najib, 66, faces multiple corruption...

Arroyo’s replacement chosen with his organization’s support

Nov. 16, 2019 11:39 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County Democrats have chosen a utility company executive to fill the legislative seat vacated by former Rep. Luis Arroyo (loo-EES' uh-ROY'-yoh) after he was charged with bribery. But the Chicago Tribune reports that Eva-Dina Delgado was tabbed Friday night with votes from...

Warrant: Officer accepted bribe, stole $95 for his birthday

Nov. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EST

NEW ROADS, La. (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana say a police officer was arrested for accepting a bribe to fix a court summons issue and for stealing money from a confidential informant fund for his birthday. News outlets report 42-year-old Michael Shane Fabre was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count...

Ex-tennis club chief pleads guilty in college bribery case

Nov. 15, 2019 4:04 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former president of a private tennis club in Texas has pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. Martin Fox entered the plea in Boston’s federal court Friday. The 62-year-old from Houston had previously agreed to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a deal...

Iowa public defender quits side police job after criticism

Nov. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A supervisor in the Iowa public defender’s office quit his longtime side job as a police officer after critics said his dual roles created a conflict of interest, according to a resignation letter released Friday. Mike Adams, supervisor of the special defense unit, resigned...

Ex-officer admits smuggling drugs to federal prison inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:10 AM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former corrections officer has admitted smuggling drugs and other contraband to inmates at a federal prison in return for cash bribes. Paul Wright pleaded guilty Thursday to a bribery charge. The 34-year-old Berlin man now faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced Feb....