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Former New Orleans city inspector gets 30 months in prison for taking bribes

A former New Orleans building inspector has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison for taking at least $65,000 in bribes. The sentence was handed down Thursday for Kevin Richardson, 59, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate reported. Richardson left...

Two Catholic universities sued over financial aid practices

The University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Georgetown University in Washington are among a group of some 16 private educational institutions named in a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to fix student financial aid distribution formulas among them. The effect...

Ex-Detroit Councilman Andre Spivey seeks probation in bribery case

Former Detroit Councilman Andre Spivey, who pleaded guilty to bribery in September, began asking for money in 2016 when his children’s tuition bills and other family expenses began to mount, according to court records filed Tuesday. While prosecutors said he was driven by...

Balfour Beatty to pay $65m over US military fraud

Balfour Beatty is to pay $65.4m (£49m) to the US Government after pleading guilty to major fraud relating to falsified military housing maintenance records. The contractor’s US subsidiary Balfour Beatty Communities provided maintenance at 55 military bases, earning performance fees...

Bulgaria moves to abandon ‘golden passports’ scheme

Bulgaria's new government moved to abolish a much-criticised "golden passports" scheme which offered Bulgarian citizenship in reward for large investments in the country. The practice, in place since 2013, has made it possible for foreigners to apply for a residence...

Former L.A. city attorney’s official agrees to plead guilty in DWP scandal

A former high-level lawyer in Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer’s office has agreed to plead guilty in the federal corruption probe of the Department of Water and Power billing debacle, becoming the first staffer under Feuer to do so. Thomas Peters,...

Former Selmer town alderman sentenced to 4 years on drug charges

Former Selmer Alderman, Nickolas Atkins, 42, was sentenced to federal prison for 48 months for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. Attorney Joseph C. Murphy Jr. announced the sentence last week. According to information presented in court,...

Judge acquits Tennessee State Sen. Katrina Robinson on 2 wire fraud charges

U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman has acquitted Tennessee State Sen. Katrina Robinson of two counts of wire fraud but left two of her four counts remaining. Robinson was found guilty in a jury trial in September 2021 of the four counts of wire fraud in...

Lebanese Judge Imposes Travel Ban on Central Bank Governor Amid Corruption Probe

A Lebanese judge said on Tuesday she had imposed a travel ban on central bank governor Riad Salameh, who is at the centre of investigations into alleged fraud and other misconduct launched after Lebanon was plunged into a deep...

Georgia DA pleads guilty to unprofessional conduct, resigns

A suspended Georgia district attorney who was accused of improperly seeking to have a court dismiss a charge against a female employee he is accused of sexually harassing has pleaded guilty to unprofessional conduct. Dick Donovan pleaded guilty under Georgia’s...

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