Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl yells to his players during an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee, Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Auburn imposes postseason ban for former assistant's scheme

Nov. 22, 2020 7:58 PM EST

Auburn’s basketball team won’t participate in postseason play this season as a self-imposed penalty stemming from a bribery scheme involving former assistant coach Chuck Person. The university announced the self-imposed postseason ban on Sunday over Person's steering young athletes toward advisers...

In this June 24, 2020, photo is Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld at Cincinnati City Hall. Sittenfeld who has been planning to run for mayor has been indicted on federal corruption charges. An indictment Thursday, Nov. 19, shows that Democrat Sittenfeld faces six federal counts related to bribery and extortion. He pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate and was released with restrictions (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

3rd arrested Cincinnati official insists he is innocent

Nov. 20, 2020 12:20 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Cincinnati City Council member — the third this year to be arrested on corruption allegations — insisted Friday that he is innocent. Democrat P.G. Sittenfeld was arrested Thursday under an indictment alleging he solicited $40,000 in payments to his political action...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, left, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.  Giannulli has reported to prison to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters’ way into college. Giannulli’s wife, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin, is already behind bars for her role in the college admissions bribery scheme involving prominent parents and elite schools across the country. She began her two-month prison term late last month. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)

Mossimo Giannulli reports to prison in college bribery case

Nov. 19, 2020 7:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli reported to prison on Thursday to begin serving his five-month sentence for bribing his daughters' way into college, officials said. Giannulli's wife, “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin, is already behind bars for her role in the college...

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, listens to during a news conference at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. Three more Democrats withdrew support on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020,from Speaker Michael Madigan's continued control of the Illinois House after his closest confidant and three others were indicted in a long-running bribery scheme involving utility giant ComEd. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Irked Illinois governor to Speaker: End 'political circus'

Nov. 19, 2020 6:16 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said taxpayers “don't deserve a political circus” on Thursday when he gave powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan a choice: Answer questions about a federal bribery investigation which implicates him, or give up the gavel after three...

Former guard sentenced for smuggling contraband into prison

Nov. 19, 2020 5:46 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former federal prison guard in South Florida was sentenced Thursday to 5 years and 10 months in prison for smuggling cell phones, cigarettes and other contraband into the facility where he worked. Victor DeJesus Jr., 48, was sentenced in Miami federal court, according to court records. He...

Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli reports to prison for 5-month sentence for paying bribes in college admissions scam

Nov. 19, 2020 2:14 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli reports to prison for 5-month sentence for paying bribes in college admissions scam.

Woman charged with trying to smuggle cell phones into prison

Nov. 19, 2020 11:47 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri woman has been indicted after she allegedly tried to have cell phones smuggled into a federal prison in Kansas. Karilyn Primeau, 47, of Smithville, Missouri, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister...

Judge Raymond Zondo, chairman of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, arrives in court, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Former President Jacob Zuma is appearing before a state commission investigating serious allegations of corruption during his tenure as head of state between 2009 and 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Ex-South African leader Zuma walks out on graft commission

Nov. 19, 2020 6:01 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma staged a walkout Thursday at the commission investigating graft in government during his tenure after failing in his legal bid for the commission's chairman to recuse himself. Zuma was set to take the witness stand after the ruling, but he left...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, delivers his remarks after being elected the Speaker of the House for his 19th term during the inauguration ceremony for the Illinois House of Representatives for the 101st General Assembly at the University of Illinois Springfield's Sangamon Auditorium, in Springfield, Ill. Four people, including an associate of Madigan, have been charged with orchestrating a bribery scheme with Commonwealth Edison. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

4 indicted in scheme to allegedly influence Speaker Madigan

Nov. 18, 2020 10:31 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Four people, including an associate of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges they orchestrated a bribery scheme with Commonwealth Edison. The alleged scheme provided do-nothing jobs to Madigan loyalists in exchange for the...

Couple gets prison time for paying bribes in college scam

Nov. 17, 2020 3:55 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A California couple got prison time Tuesday for paying $250,000 to get their daughter into the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruit — the latest sentencing in the college admissions bribery scheme that's roiled the worlds of higher education, sports and...