Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

Warrants: SCDMV work took cash, concert tickets as bribes

Jan. 27, 2022 14:41 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles employee faces three bribery counts after investigators say he took cash or concert tickets to let people pass various driving tests. The employee was arrested Tuesday, the State Law Enforcement Division said. ...

Another Navy officer pleads guilty in wide-spanning scandal

Jan. 26, 2022 20:20 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A U.S. Navy commander admitted in federal court to sending a Malaysian defense contractor classified ship schedules for the Navy’s 7th Fleet in exchange for extravagant meals, luxury travel, cash and the services of prostitutes. Commander Stephen Shedd is the...

Friend of Florida tax collector in Gaetz case pleads guilty

Jan. 26, 2022 15:03 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former employee in the office of a Florida tax collector whose arrest triggered an investigation into U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz has pleaded guilty to fraud and drug charges. Court documents showed that Joseph Ellicott pleaded guilty on Monday to conspiracy to...

Another guilty plea in Honolulu permits bribery scheme

Jan. 25, 2022 19:03 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A former building plans examiner with the Honolulu planning department pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking bribes in exchange for expediting the approval of permit applications. “I took money, which I shouldn't have, to help these people to get their permits ......

Sheldon Silver, NY power broker sent to prison, dead at 77

Jan. 24, 2022 20:43 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, one of the most powerful figures in state government for two decades before his conviction on corruption charges, has died in federal custody. He was 77. Silver died Monday, the federal Bureau of Prisons said,...

Kuwait pursues corruption charges in Eurofighter plane deal

Jan. 24, 2022 15:04 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kuwait's government said Monday that it had referred two senior military officers for prosecution in a major corruption case related to the country's purchase of Eurofighter Typhoon combat planes, after an investigation into the jets' improperly inflated price....

City can also represent Honolulu officers in teen's shooting

Jan. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu attorneys may represent both the city and three police officers in a civil lawsuit by the family of a 16-year-old boy shot and killed by police, a judge ruled Friday in response to a motion by the teen’s relatives arguing the officers need to have their own lawyers to...

Ex-Detroit council member gets 2 years in prison for bribes

Jan. 19, 2022 11:42 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit City Council member who quit after pleading guilty to a bribery scheme was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison. Andre Spivey acknowledged his “very poor choices" in accepting $36,000 but had hoped to get probation. His sentence still was far...

Bulgarian president takes oath of office for second term

Jan. 19, 2022 06:31 AM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgarian President Rumen Radev took the oath of office Wednesday for his second term. Radev, who is the country’s fifth democratically elected president, was sworn in at a ceremony in parliament together with Vice President Iliana Yotova. ...

Political aide to Texas agriculture commissioner indicted

Jan. 18, 2022 21:22 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A longtime aide to Texas' agriculture commissioner was indicted Tuesday on charges of soliciting thousands of dollars in bribes from farmers in exchange for licenses to produce hemp. Todd Smith, a top aid to Commissioner Sid Miller, was indicted by a Travis...