Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Correction: Mayor Charged story

Sep. 18, 2019 8:55 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — In a story Sept. 17 about a preliminary mayoral election in Fall River, Massachusetts, The Associated Press reported erroneously that embattled incumbent mayor Jasiel Correia will face Paul Coogan and Erica Scott-Pacheco in the Nov. 5 general election. He will face only Coogan. A...

Utah lawmakers to pay ex-Attorney General $1.5M settlement

Sep. 17, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Legislature has formally approved a settlement with former state Attorney General John Swallow after he was acquitted of bribery. The $1.5 million settlement was agreed upon in a special session Monday to reimburse the former attorney general for his legal fees. Officials say...

New parent charged in admissions scam, linked to $400K bribe

Sep. 17, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A woman accused of paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit has become the 52nd person charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Xiaoning Sui, 48, of Surrey, British...

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....