Thursday, December 9, 2021

Corruption

Macau police question junket mogul Chau after China city issues warrant

Macau said police were questioning Alvin Chau on Saturday, after a Chinese city issued an arrest warrant for the junket mogul, accusing him of operating gambling activities in mainland China. The Macau government said in a statement that Chau, founder of...

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...

Businessman pleads guilty to bribing ex-state Sen. Martin Sandoval to secure the purchase of state-owned property

A suburban businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges alleging he paid at least $15,000 in bribes to then-state Sen. Martin Sandoval to secure the purchase of state-owned property near his company in McCook. Vahooman Mirkhaef, 60, who goes by...

Former Detroit cop pleads guilty to accepting bribes from tower

The former Detroit police official who oversaw abandoned vehicle auctions pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to accepting bribes from an unnamed tower for nearly two years. Alonzo Jones, 55, of Detroit pleaded guilty to bribery concerning programs receiving federal...

Switzerland fines SBM $7.5 million for paying bribes in Africa

The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) found that SBM, from 2006 to the start of 2012, had paid more than $22mn and 1 million euros ($1.12mn) in bribes to public officials. SBM subsidiaries paid these principally...

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...

South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh faces 27 new charges of financial crimes

Suspended South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was indicted on 27 charges of embezzlement and other crimes, a prosecutor said on Friday, on top of previous charges of insurance fraud in a conspiracy to arrange his own death. A state grand...

Oakland County attorney convicted for conspiracy to bribe a politician

Jurors deliberated for about an hour Wednesday before convicting a lawyer of three federal bribery counts after prosecutors say he teamed with trash titan Chuck Rizzo to bribe a Macomb County politician. Jay Schwartz, 55, of Northville faces up to 10...

Luxembourg investigates Lebanon’s Central Bank governor Riad Salameh over alleged money laundering

Luxembourg judicial authorities have opened "a criminal case" in relation to Lebanese Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and his companies and assets, a judicial representative of the European Union country told Reuters on Monday. A representative of Lebanon's Central Bank said Mr Salameh had...

Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta pleads guilty to bribery in red-light camera probe

Longtime Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta resigned from office shortly before pleading guilty Wednesday to federal bribery charges alleging he took an envelope stuffed with a cash bribe from a representative of a red-light camera company that does business in...

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Loses Appeal of 1MDB Conviction

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former premier Najib Razak's conviction on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal...