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Former head of Brazil Olympics Committee gets 30 years in jail for buying votes for Rio 2016 games

The longtime head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee was reportedly sentenced to 30 years in prison for buying votes so Rio de Janeiro could host the 2016 Olympics Games. Carlos Arthur Nuzman was sentenced by Judge Marcelo Bretas to 30 years...

Hong Kong watchdog charged former lawmaker Chim Pui-chung with fraud, money laundering

Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog on Friday charged former lawmaker Chim Pui-chung and his son conspiracy to defraud the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and a listed company over an alleged “backdoor listing” agreement and money laundering. The ICAC said that Chim,...

Armenian ex-president Serzh Sargsyan charged with bribery

Armenia’s former president Serzh Sargsyan has been charged with taking a bribe, an accusation his lawyers say was made to distract from a security crisis on the Azerbaijani border. On November 22, Sargsyan’s lawyer posted on social media that he...

Hong Kong fines ICBC, UBS units, others $5.7m for violating anti-money laundering rules

Hong Kong's banking regulator has fined four banks, including local units of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (601398.SS) and UBS (UBSG.S), a combined HK$44.2 million ($5.67 million) for breaches of anti-money laundering rules. The four banks had failed to...

Mexico arrests businessman in Pegasus spyware case

Mexican prosecutors said Monday they have arrested a businessman on charges he used the Pegasus spyware to spy on a journalist. The software marketed by the Israeli spyware firm NSO Group has been implicated in government surveillance of opponents and...

Bangladesh’s ex-chief justice gets 11 years in jail for corruption

Bangladesh’s former chief justice has been sentenced in absentia to 11 years in jail for corruption in a case that opposition groups and supporters say is politically motivated. Surendra Kumar Sinha, 70, headed the Supreme Court when it ruled in...

Honduras arrest presidential candidate Santos Rodriguez on murder, drug-trafficking charges

Honduran authorities on Thursday arrested presidential candidate Santos Rodriguez over accusations of money laundering related to drug-trafficking and homicide, including the murder of a DEA informant. His arrest comes less than a month ahead of presidential elections in which the...

Mexican judge jails ex-Pemex boss Emilio Lozoya in corruption case

The former head of Mexico’s state-run oil company has finally been ordered to jail on Wednesday, a year after he was extradited from Spain but offered to turn state’s evidence against other ex-officials. Emilio Lozoya served as director of the...

Alex Saab, ally of Venezuelan President Maduro to plead not guilty to money laundering

Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman who became a special envoy for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, will plead not guilty to money laundering charges when arraigned on Monday, his lawyer Henry Bell told Reuters. In a case that pits the United...

Former Hawaii official pleads guilty to embezzling $38,000 and offering bribe

A former Hawaii public official from Hilo pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Oct. 13, to embezzling more than $38,000 from AmeriCorps and offering a bribe in return for CARES Act money. Stacy Higa, 58, admitted in the U.S. District Court for...

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