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U.S. sanctions Ukraine officials over interference in 2020 election

The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Kremlin-linked individuals and four entities for attempting to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The U.S. Treasury Department described the targeted sanctions as the “inner circle” of Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii...

US prosecutors accused Honduran president of collecting bribes from drug traffickers

US federal prosecutors have filed motions saying the Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, took bribes from drug traffickers and had the country’s armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the US. The documents quote Hernández as saying he...

Florida medical doctor pleads guilty to falsifying clinical trial data for asthma medication

A Florida medical doctor pleaded guilty to conspiring to falsify clinical trial data regarding an asthma medication, the Department of Justice announced today. Dr. Yvelice Villaman Bencosme, 64, of Miami, Florida, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Southern...

Romania prosecutors probe ex-minister Costel Alexe over bribery and embezzlement allegations

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) announced that the prosecutors have officially started the criminal investigation against the former Liberal environment minister Costel Alexe for bribery and incitement to embezzlement. DNA prosecutors say that, in March-April 2020, Alexe, who was environment...

Taiwan prosecutors charge former judge for corruption

The Taipei Shilin District Prosecutors’ Office has charged former judge Chen Mei-chin with financial fraud, possessing assets of unknown origin and other breaches of the Anti-Corruption Act. The indictment was made public earlier this week, after the Ministry of Justice’s...

Boeing fined $2.5bn for fraud linked to 737 Max crashes

Boeing has been fined $2.5bn by the US justice department after being charged with fraud and conspiracy in connection with two fatal crashes of its 737 Max airliner. Boeing’s employees chose “the path of profit over candor by concealing material...

Former state District Judge Rudy Delgado loses appeal case in bribery conviction

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of former state District Judge Rudy Delgado on Tuesday. A jury convicted Delgado on bribery, obstruction of justice and federal Travel Act charges after a six-day trial in July 2019....

San Francisco developer agrees to $1.2m fine in bribery case involving ex-councilman Jose Huizar

A real estate company whose 35-story residential tower is a major part of the federal bribery case against former Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar has agreed to pay $1.2 million to resolve its portion of the investigation, prosecutors said Thursday. Carmel Partners,...

Deutsche Bank agrees $100 million settlement to avoid bribery charge

Deutsche Bank AG agreed to pay $100 million to settle criminal allegations, including that it bribed foreign officials and manipulated the market for precious-metals futures through a trading tactic known as spoofing. The Frankfurt-based bank agreed to a deal in...

Utility watchdog files complaint against ComEd over its involvement in bribery case

The watchdog Citizens Utility Board filed a complaint in federal court late Tuesday against ComEd over the utility’s admissions in a blockbuster bribery case last summer. Federal prosecutors accused ComEd in July of sending $1.3 million to associates of House...

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