Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

FILE - March 15, 2019, David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada, leaves following his federal court hearing in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston. Sidoo pleaded guilty to charges in March and is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, for paying to have someone take a college entrance exam in place of his two sons. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Ex-Canadian football player gets 3 months for college scam

Jul. 15, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

A former Canadian Football League player was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons, while a California mother got five weeks behind bars for paying $9,000 to have online classes taken on her son’s behalf. David Sidoo, who played...

Judge cuts bribery sentence of suburban Detroit contractor

Jul. 15, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has cut short the sentence of an engineering contractor convicted of paying a series of bribes to a public official in suburban Detroit. Paulin Modi, 50, had been sentenced last year to one year in prison after the Troy man was convicted of paying bribes totaling...

FILE - In this April 3, 2019, file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, front, and her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli, left, depart federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In a court filing on Monday, July 13, 2020, lawyers for the couple, who admitted to paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits, asked a judge to lower their bail from $1 million to $100,000, saying they will not flee ahead of their August sentencing in the college admissions bribery case. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

Loughlin, Giannulli want $1M bail cut in college scam case

Jul. 14, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, want their bail cut from $1 million to $100,000, telling a judge they will not flee ahead of their sentencing in the college admissions bribery case. In a court filing on Monday, lawyers for the...

POOL - Iraqi security forces stand guard at the Iraq-Iran border crossing of Mandali in northern province of Diyala, Iraq, Saturday, July, 11, 2020. Al-Kadhimi launched a campaign in the northern province of Diyala to enforce the proper payment of taxes on imported goods and recover

Iraq's PM takes step in battle against border corruption

Jul. 11, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

MANDALI, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's prime minister took a first step Saturday to combat cross-border corruption that has long plagued the country's frontiers as part of a reform plan to grapple with unprecedented financial shortfalls. Mustafa al-Kadhimi launched a campaign to recover “hundreds of...

FILE - This March 12, 2019, file photo shows the University Village area of the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. A California couple has agreed to plead guilty to paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

California couple agrees to guilty pleas in college scam

Jul. 10, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California couple agreed Friday to plead guilty to paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a fake volleyball recruit. Diane Blake and Todd Blake will plead guilty in front of a judge at a future date, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston...

Nigeria anti-corruption chief suspended, accused of graft

Jul. 10, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The head of Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency has been suspended from office following corruption allegations against him. President Muhammadu Buhari approved the suspension of Ibrahim Magu as chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission “in order to allow...

FILE - This May 27, 2019, file photo shows the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles world headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. A federal judge in Detroit dismissed General Motors’ lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, alleging that rival Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Judge dismisses GM's bribery lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler

Jul. 8, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge in Detroit has tossed out General Motors’ lawsuit alleging that Fiat Chrysler paid off union leaders to get better contract terms than GM. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Paul Borman wrote that GM’s alleged injuries were not caused by FCA violating...

The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martinelli Linares, right, and his brother Luis Enrique stand inside a holding cell at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The brothers were detained Monday on an international warrant from Interpol on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Sons of ex-Panama president held in Guatemala on US charges

Jul. 7, 2020 7:38 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli will be held in jail in Guatemala pending hearings Friday, officials said Tuesday as the U.S. government seeks their extradition for their alleged role in a bribery and money laundering scheme. Luis Enrique, 38, and Ricardo...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2019 file photo, Venezuela's self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference at the Popular Will party headquarters, backdropped by a banner featuring party founder and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court ordered the takeover of Popular Will Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolas Maduro’s critics before upcoming legislative elections. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)

Venezuela high court orders takeover of Guaidó's party

Jul. 7, 2020 4:19 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government-stacked Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the takeover of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's political party, the latest in a series of moves against President Nicolás Maduro’s critics ahead of upcoming legislative elections. The decision...

The sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, Ricardo Martnelli Linares, center left, and his brother Luis Enrique Martinelli Linares, center right, are accompanied by their lawyers before a hearing at the judicial court building in Guatemala City, Monday, July 6, 2020. Guatemalan police detained the Martinelli brothers on an Interpol warrant for money laundering, as they attempted to board a private plane out of the country. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

2 sons of ex-Panama leader Martinelli arrested in Guatemala

Jul. 6, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli were arrested Monday in Guatemala as they tried to board a private plane out of the country. Luis Enrique and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli were supposedly headed to Panama with stops scheduled in El Salvador and Nicaragua, said...