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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 »

S. Korea's Humiliated Former President Faces a New Ordeal

Park Geun-hye is indicted on corruption charges and faces life in prison

(Newser) - South Korean prosecutors on Monday indicted ex-President Park Geun-hye on bribery, extortion, abuse of power, and other high-profile corruption charges that could potentially send her to jail for life, reports the AP . It is the latest in a series of humiliations for Park, who was impeached in December, stripped of... More »

They Were the Navy 'Cool Kids.' Their Parties Were, Er, Unusual

Sordid details emerge in growing 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

(Newser) - Officers in a burgeoning Navy bribery scandal called themselves the Lion King's Harem, the Wolfpack, the Cool Kids, and the Brotherhood. They scouted for others who might also accept sex, trips, and other lavish perks from a Malaysian defense contractor known as "Fat Leonard" in exchange for classified... 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 »

S. Korea Stunned by Arrest of Samsung Leader

Lee accused of bribing government

(Newser) - South Korea was taken by surprise Friday with the arrest of the scion of the country's richest family and de facto leader at Samsung over his alleged involvement in a massive corruption scandal that engulfed the president and riveted the nation. Prosecutors believe Lee Jae-yong, 48, a vice chairman... 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 »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Samsung Boss

Lee Jae-yong accused of embezzlement, bribery

(Newser) - In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president , the AP reports. Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old... 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 »

Ex-Israeli PM Goes to Prison

Ehud Olmert still says he's innocent

(Newser) - Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday began a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice , defiantly proclaiming his innocence in a farewell video as he became the first Israeli premier to be placed behind bars, the AP reports. His imprisonment capped a stunning fall from grace that... More »

Ex-UN Head Took $1M in Bribes: Prosecutors

Ex-General Assembly chief John Ashe accused of cashing in on Chinese mogul

(Newser) - A former UN General Assembly president was arrested Tuesday and charged with accepting over $1 million in bribes and a trip to New Orleans from a billionaire Chinese real estate mogul and other businesspeople to pave the way for lucrative investments. John Ashe, the UN ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda... 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 »

Utah Busts 2 Ex-AGs on Bevy of Corruption Charges

John Swallow, Mark Shurtleff were subjects of lengthy bribery investigation

(Newser) - Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said two former Utah attorneys general, John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff, were arrested today after a bribery probe that stemmed from their cozy relationships with several businessmen during their time in office. Swallow was booked on four felony charges, including receiving or soliciting... More »

Fall Complete: Ex-NOLA Mayor Gets 10 Years

Democrat Ray Nagin convicted on corruption charges in February

(Newser) - Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his conviction on bribery, money laundering, and other corruption charges. Prosecutors said the actions for which he was convicted spanned his two terms as mayor—including the chaotic years after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.... 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 »

Israel Ex-PM Gets 6 Years for Bribery

Ehud Olmert plans to appeal 'unjust' verdict

(Newser) - Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for bribery today, capping a stunning fall from grace for one of the most powerful men in the country. According to the verdict, in the years before Olmert became prime minister in 2006, millions of dollars... 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 »

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