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Former Congresswoman Guilty on 18 Fraud Charges

Ex-Florida Rep. Corinne Brown's charity misused almost everything it raised

(Newser) - Former US Rep. Corrine Brown's "One Door for Education" charity raised $833,000 between 2012 and 2016 to award scholarships to disadvantaged students—but prosecutors say only $1,200 was spent on a total of two scholarships. Brown, a Democrat who represented a Florida district in Congress for... More »

Manafort Had Murky Dealings Routed Through Cyprus: Report

Treasury investigating ex-Trump campaign chief's offshore financial transactions

(Newser) - US Treasury Department agents have recently obtained information about offshore financial transactions involving President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, as part of a federal anti-corruption probe into his work in Eastern Europe, the AP reports. Information about Manafort's transactions was turned over earlier this year to agents... 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 »

7 Examples of Baltimore Cops' Alleged Corruption

They're all charged with racketeering

(Newser) - They weren't cops—they were "1930s-style gangsters," according to their police chief. Seven Baltimore officers who were part of an elite task force created to take illegal guns off the street have been charged in a corruption scandal after a yearlong investigation, reports the Baltimore Sun . Some... 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 »

Philippines Suspends Drug War for War on Corrupt Cops

Move follows police murder of businessman

(Newser) - The Philippines has suspended its merciless war on drugs in order to "cleanse" police forces of corruption, officials say. The move comes after a killing seen as excessive even in a campaign that has seen at least 7,000 extrajudicial killings, the BBC reports. Officials say Jee Ick-joo, a... More »

Israeli Cops Question Netanyahu for 3 Hours

Corruption probe now a full criminal investigation: Israeli AG

(Newser) - Israeli police investigators descended on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's home Monday to continue a corruption probe, and while officials are being tight-lipped on what was discussed, a police spokesman revealed that questioning revolved around Netanyahu being "under caution on the suspicions of receiving benefits," CNN reports. The... More »

India's Shocking Move to Catch Tax Evaders

It's pulling its two largest bank notes from circulation

(Newser) - A surprise announcement out of India Tuesday night is being called by local media a "surgical strike" against currency corruption that's infiltrated the nation, the BBC reports. Per CNNMoney , India Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the country's two largest current bank notes—the 500-rupee note and... More »

Iran to Lash 'Serial Human Rights Abuser'

If he doesn't buy his way out, that is

(Newser) - As a judge, and then prosecutor general in Tehran from 2003 to 2009, Saeed Mortazavi earned a reputation as a "serial human rights abuser" and "butcher of the press" for his role in quieting journalists and political dissenters. Now, he may get a taste of his own medicine.... More »

NYPD Corruption Case: Air Travel for Prostitute

Businessman allegedly paid for perk during trip to Vegas with police officials

(Newser) - Charges brought against four men arrested Monday in a widening city corruption probe include lurid claims that a police department commander roomed with a prostitute during a Las Vegas trip as businessmen spent tens of thousands of dollars to ensure uniformed officers were available as their private security force. Two... More »

NYC Corruption Probe Nabs 2 Bigwigs

Correction officers' union head, hedge fund founder arrested

(Newser) - The longtime head of the nation's largest municipal jail guard union was paid tens of thousands of dollars in cash, delivered in a luxury handbag, in exchange for steering $20 million in union money to a hedge fund in 2014, according to a criminal complaint. Norman Seabrook, the brash... More »

Corrupt NY Dem Leader Gets 12 Years

Sheldon Silver was one of the state's most powerful politicians

(Newser) - Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a backroom master whose name was synonymous with political power in New York for a generation, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison, destined to take his place atop the state's crowded lineup of crooked politicians behind bars. Silver, a 72-year-old Manhattan Democrat,... More »

NYPD Brass May Have Exchanged Expensive Trips for Favors

20 high-ranking NYPD members have been implicated

(Newser) - Approximately 20 members of NYPD brass, including a number of chiefs, are being implicated in a corruption investigation by the FBI, the New York Times reports. They're suspected of accepting expensive gifts, including tickets to the Super Bowl, according to the New York Daily News . The New York Post... More »

The 10 Least Corrupt Nations

Denmark, Finland, Sweden top the list

(Newser) - Scandinavian countries apparently know how to steer clear of corruption. Anti-corruption body Transparency International is out with its annual list of the least corrupt countries in the world, based on expert opinions, and Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all find a spot in the top 10. Denmark tops the list with... More »

Probe: Nothing Shady About PM's Mystery $681M Gift

All aboveboard, according to Malaysia's attorney general

(Newser) - Malaysia's attorney general said Tuesday that $681 million channeled into Prime Minister Najib Razak's private accounts was a personal donation from Saudi Arabia's royal family and cleared him of any criminal wrongdoing, the AP reports. The announcement capped months of uncertainty for Najib, who has come under... More »

Gamblers Fix Pro Tennis Matches: Report

Investigators accuse officials of letting problem fester

(Newser) - First FIFA , now this? Yep, evidence has emerged of possible widespread match-fixing in the pristine world of professional tennis. According to documents obtained by the BBC and Buzzfeed , investigators hired by the Association of Tennis Professionals uncovered signs of corrupt betting syndicates and gamblers buying off well-ranked players—but... More »

'China's Warren Buffett' Resurfaces

Guo was 'assisting authorities'

(Newser) - The billionaire known as "China's Warren Buffett" has resurfaced after briefly disappearing last week , but his presence failed to reassure investors in Fosun Group. The conglomerate's shares dived more than 10% when trading resumed Monday, and Chairman Guo Guangchang appeared in public at a corporate meeting, the... More »

'China's Warren Buffett' Is Missing

Billionaire Guo Guangchang may be in police custody: reports

(Newser) - One of China's richest men is missing. The developing story is fairly murky: Employees of Fosun Group, which owns Club Med and Cirque du Soleil and is run by billionaire Guo Guangchang, say they've been unable to contact their boss since noon Thursday. Guo—known as "China'... More »

US Indicts 16 More in FIFA Corruption Probe

'The betrayal of trust set forth here is outrageous'

(Newser) - Five current and former members of FIFA's ruling executive committee were among 16 additional men indicted on corruption charges Thursday as part of US prosecutors' widening investigation into soccer corruption. The indictment takes down an entire generation of soccer leaders in South America, a bedrock of FIFA and World... More »

'Most Feared' NY Politician Guilty of Corruption

Sheldon Silver earned $4m from shady schemes

(Newser) - US Attorney Preet Bharara has won a massive victory in his quest to get rid of what he calls a "cauldron of corruption" in New York's state capital. Sheldon Silver, the former longtime New York State Assembly speaker, has been found guilty of federal corruption charges and faces... More »

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