Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Federal prison guard won't get jail in cigarette smuggling

May. 14, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

EDGEFIELD, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors have agreed not to seek prison time for a guard charged with smuggling cigarettes into a federal prison in South Carolina as long as he pays back around $100,000, according to court documents. Phillip Orlando Coleman will plead guilty to one count...

Accountant avoids prison time in college admissions scandal

May. 13, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — An accountant who worked for the consultant at the center of the college admissions bribery case has avoided prison for his role in the sweeping scheme. U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani on Friday sentenced Steven Masera, 72, to time already served, ordered...

Russian minister imprisoned for oil-related bribery released

May. 12, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

The highest ranking Russian official to go to prison in nearly two decades was released Thursday after serving more than half of an eight-year sentence for a bribery conviction. Former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev filed a petition for early release after serving...

State motor vehicles worker arrested for taking bribes

May. 11, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An Office of Motor Vehicles employee was arrested Wednesday for issuing fraudulent commercial driver's licenses and commercial learners permits in East Baton Rouge Parish who had not taken the related tests. Louisiana State Police said Reggie James Jr., 28,...

Former DEA agent sentenced to 135 months for taking bribes

May. 11, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former Drug Enforcement Administration agent who admitted to taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a drug trafficker was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller sentenced Nathan Koen, who pleaded guilty...

Former tribal leader convicted in casino bribery case

May. 05, 2022 20:55 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former leader of a Massachusetts Native American tribe was convicted Thursday of bribery and extortion charges related to the tribe's long-planned casino project, federal prosecutors said. But Cedric Cromwell, former leader of the Mashpee Wampanoag, was cleared by...

Feds want to seize LA mega-mansion in corruption case

May. 05, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government wants to seize a mega-mansion in an exclusive area of Los Angeles that it claims was purchased with millions in bribe money paid to the former finance minister of Armenia and his sons, it was announced Thursday. A complaint filed Monday in...

Ex-Venezuela mayor surrenders in Miami for oil bribe scheme

May. 05, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A one-time ally of Hugo Chávez wanted for prosecution by his socialist successor Nicolás Maduro has quietly surrendered in Miami in connection to a major bribery scheme involving joint oil ventures with foreign partners. Jhonnathan Marín was serving as mayor of the...

Myanmar's Suu Kyi charged with bribery as new trial opens

May. 02, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi went on trial Monday in a new corruption case against her, alleging she took $550,000 in bribes from a construction magnate. She is charged with two counts under the country's the Anti-Corruption Act, with each count punishable...

Appeals court thwarts Maduro ally's claim of diplomat status

May. 02, 2022 12:37 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals panel has thwarted an ally of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's attempts to be recognized as a foreign diplomat, leaving it to a lower court to decide for now whether he is immune from prosecution. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals panel did...