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Mayor facing bribery charge linked to red-light camera firm

Aug. 7, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The mayor of a suburban Chicago village is facing federal bribery charges in connection with a politically connected red-light camera firm, according to an indictment unveiled Friday. Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta is also charged with filing false tax returns and lying to the FBI and the...

Employee in college admissions bribery case to plead guilty

Aug. 7, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former employee of the consultant who authorities say ran a widespread college admissions bribery scheme that embroiled dozens of wealthy and famous parents has agreed to plead guilty, federal prosecutors said Friday. Mikaela Sanford, 34, of Folsom, California, will plead guilty to...

Judge: Prosecutor will stay on ex-cop's case in Floyd death

Aug. 7, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge overseeing the cases against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd has denied a request to have a local prosecutor removed. J. Kueng's attorney filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county’s top prosecutor,...

Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng speaks to media outside court house in Kuala Lumpur, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Lim has been charged with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project. Lim was part of a reformist government ousted in March, and his party slammed the criminal charge as political persecution by the new government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia's ex-finance minister charged over tunnel project

Aug. 7, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's former finance minister was charged Friday with corruption over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project, a move he slammed as political persecution by the new government. Lim Guan Eng, who was part of a reformist government ousted in March, pleaded not guilty to a...

Overland Park councilman charged with misdemeanor battery

Aug. 6, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — An Overland Park City Council member who is facing a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery has been removed from the city's public safety committee during the investigation. Councilman Scott Hamblin, 42, was charged after police were called to his home on July 21. No injuries...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A nuclear plant bailout law should be repealed immediately, Democratic members of the Ohio House announced Wednesday, July 22, 2020, as a bribery scandal involving one of the state’s most powerful lawmakers unfolded over the law’s passage. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

4 Ohio operatives plead not guilty in $60M bribery probe

Aug. 6, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio lobbyists and political operatives pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges they conspired as part of what one defendant called an “unholy alliance” aimed at bailing out two aging Ohio nuclear power plants. Former Republican House Speaker Larry Householder and...

Former NW Indiana sheriff resentenced for bribery, fraud

Aug. 6, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana sheriff has been resentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for accepting bribes from towing businesses. A federal judge in Hammond sentenced John Buncich on Wednesday to 151 months — three years less than the former Lake County...

Correction: Bribery Investigation-Ohio story

Aug. 6, 2020 12:31 PM EDT
CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story Aug. 5, 2020, about groups named in an FBI affidavit regarding an alleged Ohio corruption scheme, The Associated Press erroneously reported that D. Eric Lycan is currently the counsel for the Republican Party of Kentucky. He left the position in April 2019.

Oakland man gets life for execution-style double killing

Aug. 5, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Oakland criminal who authorities say bribed a law enforcement official for protection was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for killing a couple over a business deal. Wing Wo Ma, also known as “Fat Mark," was sentenced for the 2013 execution-style slayings in Mendocino...

Judge upholds corruption convictions of Lindberg, consultant

Aug. 5, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has upheld the convictions of two men found to be trying to bribe North Carolina's top insurance regulator with large political contributions so that scrutiny of a defendant's businesses would be eased. A jury in March found Greg E. Lindberg, an insurance magnate and...