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Friendship or Corruption? Senator's Rare Trial Set to Begin

It has the potential to reshape the Senate

(Newser) - "That’s one thing that makes this case interesting: It asks the existential question as to when friendship ends and corruption begins." So says a former federal prosecutor of the corruption trial, which is kicking off Wednesday, of Sen. Robert Menendez. The 63-year-old New Jersey Democrat is the... More »

Netanyahu Might Be in Real Trouble

Indictments loom as a former confidant turns against him

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu has been Israel's prime minister since 2009, the longest run since that of Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion. That streak, however, might be in jeopardy thanks to a convoluted chain of events that involves two separate corruption investigations, a former confidant who has turned against him,... More »

Banksy's Latest Stunt Could Bring Election Legal Woes

Artist says he'll send free print to anyone who proves they didn't vote Tory in UK election

(Newser) - The UK's general election is set for June 8 , and the conservative Tories continue to lead in the polls , to varying degrees. One Bristol native, however, is hoping voters cast a ballot for anyone but, and his name is making headlines for how he's making that desire known.... More »

Ex-Admiral Who Chose 'Karaoke Over Character' Hears Fate

Navy's Robert Gilbeau sentenced to 18 months in prison for lying in bribery case

(Newser) - An ex-admiral in the US Navy who served his country for nearly four decades was "tempted by parties and prostitutes" and ultimately chose "karaoke over character," US prosecutors say, and he's now been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for that choice. Reuters reports that 56-year-old... More »

'Trial of the Century' Begins in S. Korea

It'll be fierce, if first hearing is any indication

(Newser) - The "trial of the century" has begun in South Korea, where a vice chairman at Samsung Electronics faces bribery and embezzlement charges after allegedly giving $36 million to President Park Geun-hye and her close friend Choi Soon-sil in order to win government support for a 2015 merger. Lee Jae-Yong,... More »

Once Brazil's Richest Man, He Now Shares a Cell With 6

Eike Batista in prison in Rio on bribery charges

(Newser) - Oil tycoon Eike Batista was Brazil's richest man and the seventh richest man in the world in 2012, with a $35 billion fortune and sports cars parked in his living room, reports the Wall Street Journal . Then came his remarkable fall: A year later, he was overwhelmed by debt... More »

12 Detroit Principals Charged in Bribery Scheme

Feds say they took kickbacks from supplier

(Newser) - Detroit's battered public school system got another black eye on Tuesday when federal prosecutors filed bribery charges against 12 current and former principals over an alleged school supply scam. US Attorney Barbara McQuade says the sordid scheme involved businessman Norman Shy, who allegedly scammed Detroit Public Schools for millions,... More »

Whistleblower Wins $51M in Medical Device Kickback Case

Ex-compliance officer for Olympus says doctors, administrators got grants, trips

(Newser) - A whistleblower who worked for Olympus Corporation of the Americas for 20 years will receive $51 million from the company after it admitted to a scheme of bribery and kickbacks and agreed Tuesday to pay $646 million in fines, CNNMoney reports. John Slowik was named the company's compliance officer... More »

Zero Dark Thirty Filmmakers Accused of Bribing CIA

Sensitive information allegedly secured with dinners, cheap jewelry

(Newser) - The music industry sometimes uses payola to achieve its goals, and the movie industry apparently uses ... fake pearl earrings and tequila. The screenwriter and director of the hit film Zero Dark Thirty are accused of bribing CIA officials to receive sensitive information, according to CIA documents obtained by Vice . The... More »

Now Nike May Be Embroiled in FIFA Scandal

Sportswear giant says it is cooperating with investigators

(Newser) - In the US' indictment of FIFA officials is an allegation that an unnamed sportswear company bribed a Brazilian soccer official to get a sponsorship agreement with the Brazilian federation. Bloomberg thinks that company is Nike—the deal outlined in the documents, it notes, "mirrors" the decade-long deal Nike made... More »

'Spectacular Fall' of Charlotte's Ex-Mayor Is Complete

Patrick Cannon admits to corruption charges

(Newser) - Metaphor alert: The former mayor of Charlotte, NC, literally fell today as he walked to court to plead guilty to corruption charges. And a bit later, the guilty plea itself was "the coda to a spectacular fall" for Patrick Cannon in city politics, reports the Charlotte Observer . The 47-year-old... More »

Va.'s McDonnell to Feds: Can You Indict Me Next Month?

US Attorney was ready to charge sitting governor

(Newser) - This was almost the week that, for the first time in state history, a sitting Virginia governor was indicted. US Attorney Dana Boente told Bob McDonnell last week that they were about to file charges against him and his wife related to the ongoing gifts scandal surrounding them, but McDonnell'... More »

Berlusconi Bribed 'Bunga Bunga' Women to Keep Quiet: Court

New probe likely for former Italian PM

(Newser) - Silvio Berlusconi paid women who attended his "bunga bunga" parties to keep silent during a probe, an Italian court says. Amid suspicion over the parties, investigators searched the homes of young women allegedly involved. Afterward, in January 2011, Berlusconi invited the women to talk with his lawyers—and the... More »

Hookers and Bribery, Oh My: Sordid Navy Scandal Widens

2nd high-ranking officer implicated

(Newser) - Two high-ranking naval officers have now been implicated in a crazy bribery scandal that involves prostitutes, luxury vacations, and even Lady Gaga tickets, reports Time . The broad strokes of the allegations are that Navy insiders directed ships in the Asia-Pacific region to dock at specific ports so a Navy contractor... More »

Michigan Woman Accused in $250K Sex Extortion Plot

FBI says ex-model sought hush money from 'wealthy businessman'

(Newser) - The police blotter offers a note of caution for 60-something rich guys who suddenly find themselves being wooed by stunningly attractive younger women: An ex-model who apparently thought she found a soft target ended up on the wrong side of an FBI sting in a $250,000 extortion plot. The... More »

JPMorgan Probed Over Hiring Practices in China

SEC investigates hire of powerful Chinese official's kids

(Newser) - Still under scrutiny for the London Whale fiasco , JPMorgan is now facing a new scandal: the SEC's anti-bribery unit is apparently now investigating whether the bank hired the children of powerful Chinese officials to help it win business in the Middle Kingdom. The New York Times has its hands... More »

To Boost Economy, Russia Frees Jailed Entrepreneurs

110K 'economic criminals' are currently in prison

(Newser) - Faced with economic malaise, Russia needs some entrepreneurs, and it knows just where to find them: in prison. Putin administration official Boris Titov has made it his mission to scour the prison camp system once known as the gulag for businessmen that could be granted amnesty. He's got no... More »

Corruption Trial Looms for China's Bo Xilai

Former pol accused of bribery, embezzlement

(Newser) - Nearly a year after his wife was sentenced in the death of a British businessman, former top Chinese politician Bo Xilai is headed for a trial of his own. He has been charged with corruption, bribery, embezzlement, and abuse of power, the BBC reports. The charges accuse Bo of using... More »

Drug Giant's Secret to Success Is Bribery: Cops

China says it busts scheme by Glaxo, travel agencies to bribe doctors

(Newser) - China says it knows how a few Shanghai travel agencies were managing huge revenues without many bookings, and the explanation isn't pretty: They were involved in an extensive bribery scheme with executives from drug giant GlaxoSmithKline, authorities say. The firms are accused of teaming up to bribe doctors and... More »

1 in 4 Humans Paid a Bribe Last Year

Global corruption survey finds widespread bribery

(Newser) - Roughly 27% of people worldwide have paid a bribe to a government agency in the last 12 months, according to the latest Global Corruption Barometer report from Transparency International. The survey covered more than 114,000 people across 107 countries, the Wall Street Journal reports, and on the bright side,... More »

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