Latest Bribery, graft and conflicts of interest News

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 file photo, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility as the judge deliberates during a sentencing hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C .A new motion filed, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Bergdahl lawyers say judge's job application posed conflict

Sep. 18, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A new motion filed in the case of former U.S Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is asking the highest appeals court for the U.S. military to overturn his conviction, citing an alleged conflict of interest involving the judge who originally presided over his sentencing. The motion filed Friday...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019, file photo, former Illinois Sen. Terry Link, D-Vernon Hills, is seen at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Link pleaded guilty Wednesday, Sept, 16, 2020 to tax evasion in federal court. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He's the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government's ongoing criminal investigations into public corruption. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP File)

Ex-Illinois lawmaker pleads guilty to federal tax charge

Sep. 16, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Former longtime Illinois state Sen. Terry Link pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal tax charge. The Democrat, who resigned last week, had been in office since 1997. He’s the latest state legislator to be charged in the federal government’s ongoing criminal investigations into...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva arrives for a meeting with the Italian Cgil union, in Rome. Prosecutors in Brazil’s sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation on Monday, Sept. 24, charged former the former President with money laundering, less than a year after the country’s top court ordered him freed from jail while he appealed his conviction in another case. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Brazil's da Silva faces new charge of money laundering

Sep. 14, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Prosecutors in Brazil's sprawling Car Wash corruption investigation on Monday charged former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with money laundering, less than a year after the country's top court ordered him freed from jail while he appealed his conviction in another case. ...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Paris Saint Germain owner Nasser bin Ghanim Al-Khelaifi waves to teams fans at the end of their soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England. Qatari soccer and television executive Nasser al-Khelaifi will go on trial starting Sept. 14, 2020 in Switzerland in September, implicated in providing a holiday villa to a FIFA official linked to a World Cup broadcasting deal. The court has listed 10 days in September to hear the case against al-Khelaifi, former top FIFA official Jerome Valcke and another broadcasting executive who was not identified. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

Swiss court puts Qatari on trial in soccer case next week

Sep. 11, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — In Switzerland’s federal criminal court on Monday, Nasser al-Khelaifi will become the first Qatari to stand trial almost six years after FIFA asked prosecutors to investigate the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests. Al-Khelaifi, the president of Champions League finalist Paris...

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 faces 2 fresh graft charges

Sep. 11, 2020 2:41 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s former finance minister pleaded not guilty Friday to two new corruption charges, saying the legal moves against him were politically motivated ahead of impending elections. Lim Guan Eng was charged last month with three counts of corruption linked to his...

FILE - In this July 26, 2017, file photo, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks at a news conference at the Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Illinois House Republicans have moved to form a special investigative committee on Speaker Madigan, who has been implicated in a federal bribery investigation. Republicans petitioned to form the committee this week, saying Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, that the House must

GOP leader files charge against longtime Illinois speaker

Sep. 10, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The top Republican in the Illinois House filed a breach of public trust charge Thursday against Democratic Speaker Michael Madigan, the longest-serving legislative leader in U.S. history, as a special committee began investigating Madigan's alleged role in a decade-long bribery...

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during his visit to the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem. With Netanyahu lashing out at him nearly every day, Israel’s attorney general is pressing the prime minister to sign a conflict-of-interest agreement that would bar him from influencing key appointments that could affect his corruption trial. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Israel's Netanyahu pressed to sign conflict-of-interest deal

Sep. 10, 2020 12:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — With Israel's prime minister lashing out at him nearly every day, the country's attorney general is pressing Benjamin Netanyahu to sign a conflict-of-interest agreement barring him from influencing key appointments that could affect his corruption trial. Charged in a series of scandals,...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019, file photo, Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston with her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, left, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In August 2020, the couple was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty for paying bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowing recruits. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo, File)

Few parents, coaches still fighting charges in college scam

Sep. 10, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — TV actresses. A well-known fashion designer. Business leaders. Entrepreneurs. One by one, they have admitted to using their wealth to bribe and cheat their kids' ways into top universities across the country, often as athletic recruits for sports their children didn't even play. The...

Ex-Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder sits in the House of Representatives in the Ohio Statehouse after returning for the first time since being charged in a $60 million bribery scandal. The morning House session had just ended Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

State watchdog seeks probe of utility tied to bribery scheme

Sep. 9, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's consumer watchdog has asked a regulatory agency to conduct an independent investigation of the state's largest electric utility, FirstEnergy Corp., that federal authorities have tied to a $60 million bribery scheme involving one of Ohio's most powerful politicians. The Ohio...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu adjusts his face mask during his visit to the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (Alex Kolomoisky/Pool Photo via AP)

Netanyahu slams Israeli police amid report about cover-up

Sep. 8, 2020 3:41 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the country's law enforcement system on Tuesday, continuing a crusade to discredit those who have pressed corruption cases against him ahead of the resumption of his trial early next year. Netanyahu's latest tirade came in response to...