Latest Political corruption News

Jury seated for corruption trial of former state senator

Jul. 24, 2021 13:07 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A 12-person jury and three alternates have been selected for the corruption trial of a Republican former Arkansas state senator charged with bribery, wire fraud and conspiracy. Gilbert Baker, 64, has pleaded not guilty to funneling campaign...

Michigan resident says noose in window meant for politicians

Jul. 24, 2021 11:41 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A white man in western Michigan said a noose he hung in a window was a statement against corrupt politicians and had nothing to do with race. Someone took a photo of the noose in a second-floor window at Greg Kazemier’s Grand Rapids home and...

Anti-corruption prosecutor praised by US flees Guatemala

Jul. 24, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

LAS CHINAMAS, El Salvador (AP) — Anti-corruption prosecutor Juan Francisco Sandoval fled Guatemala late Friday, arriving in neighboring El Salvador just hours after he was removed from his post. Consuelo Porras, Guatemala’s attorney general, had accused the former...

Guatemala anti-corruption prosecutor praised by US ousted

Jul. 23, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala’s attorney general has removed the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity less than two months after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris stressed the office’s importance amid a growing push against anti-corruption efforts in the country....

Baltimore's mayor unveils new violence prevention plan

Jul. 23, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Aiming to treat gun violence as a public health crisis, Baltimore’s mayor on Friday unveiled a five-year violence reduction plan for the U.S. city where violent crime rates have remained high since a 2015 surge. Mayor Brandon Scott, who took office...

Mayor indicted in public corruption case denies charges

Jul. 23, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

WAPAKONETA, Ohio (AP) — A mayor in western Ohio has been indicted on public corruption charges involving business deals with his family and his own company. A county grand jury on Thursday indicted Wapakoneta Mayor Thomas Stinebaugh on charges of theft in office,...

El Salvador seeks arrest of former president for corruption

Jul. 23, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Prosecutors in El Salvador have issued an arrest warrant for former president Salvador Sánchez Cerén on charges of embezzlement and money laundering. Attorney General Rodolfo Delgado said Thursday the charges are related to crimes...

Moss Point ex-mayor gets 30-month prison sentence for fraud

Jul. 22, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi mayor was sentenced Thursday to two years and six months in federal prison and his wife was sentenced to probation, months after each pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the federal government. Mario King, a Democrat, was...

Co-conspirator of former Fall River mayor sentenced

Jul. 22, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An associate of the recently convicted former mayor of Fall River has been sentenced for his role in a scheme to extort money from marijuana vendors. Federal prosecutors said Hildegar Camara was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation, including 18...

South Africa's jailed ex-leader attends brother's funeral

Jul. 22, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African president Jacob Zuma was allowed to leave prison briefly Thursday to attend his brother’s funeral. Zuma is currently serving a 15-month sentence for defying an order from the Constitutional Court, the country's highest court,...