Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

4 accused of $99 million pharmacy fraud scheme

Sep. 16, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Four people who owned or worked at pharmacies in New Jersey and New York City bribed doctors to send them prescriptions and received millions of dollars in reimbursements for medications they didn't send to patients or even have in stock, an indictment released Monday alleged. The $99...

College bribery scandal revives debate over Connecticut case

Sep. 15, 2019 3:08 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — Actress Felicity Huffman's 14-day jail sentence in the college admissions scandal is reviving debate over the case of a black, homeless mother in Connecticut who received a much longer prison sentence. The Connecticut Post reports that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie...

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's Netanyahu

Sep. 15, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to hold on to power in Tuesday's historic repeat election as the shadow of various corruption charges loom over his future. Israel's attorney general has recommended pressing criminal charges against him in three separate corruption...

North Macedonia prosecutor dismissed over corruption scandal

Sep. 14, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Lawmakers in North Macedonia have dismissed a special prosecutor tasked with investigating high-level corruption who herself has been detained under suspicion of involvement in a high-profile graft scandal. All 102 lawmakers present at the session in the 120-member parliament...

The Latest: Huffman says she accepts college scam punishment

Sep. 13, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of actress Felicity Huffman in the nationwide college admissions bribery scam (all times local): 4:05 p.m. "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman says she takes full responsibility for her role in the college admissions scandal and deserves her punishment. A...

'I was stupid': Huffman gets 14 days in college scam

Sep. 13, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to 14 days in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's SAT scores, tearfully apologizing to the teenager for not trusting her to get into college on her own. "I was frightened, I was stupid, and I was so wrong," Huffman,...

Prosecutor: Ex-tribal chief pleads guilty to bribery charge

Sep. 13, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A former principal chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation has pleaded guilty to bribery related to work for the Wetumka-based Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town. Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Horn says George Tiger pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Muskogee to the charge filed Aug....

Ex-city official pleads guilty in City Hall bribery scandal

Sep. 13, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Boston city official charged with accepting a $50,000 bribe has pleaded guilty. John Lynch, the former director of real estate at a division of the Boston Planning and Development Agency, appeared Thursday in federal court in Boston. Lynch says he took a bribe from a Boston real...

NJ financier adviser praised at NCAA scandal sentencing

Sep. 12, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey financial adviser was praised for his cooperation and a judge spared him from prison Thursday after he admitted his role in a college basketball scandal. Munish Sood, 47, was fined $25,000 but was not sentenced to prison or forced to be supervised by probation authorities. U.S....

Florida businessman gets 20 years in $1B Medicare fraud

Sep. 12, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida health care executive was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for orchestrating what prosecutors described as a massive $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence on Philip Esformes, 50, in one of the biggest such cases in U.S....