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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 »

'Stressed Out' Juror Sends 'Highly Unusual' Note to Judge

In New York corruption trial, she asked to be sent home after 2 hours

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times calls "highly unusual," a "stressed out" juror sent a note to the judge asking if she could go home after less than two hours of deliberations. "I don’t feel like I can be myself right now!" the... More »

Corrupt Jade Trade Turns Burma Into 'Hell on Earth'

Report says it's "the biggest natural resource heist in modern history"

(Newser) - The jade trade in Burma "may well be the biggest natural resource heist in modern history," according to a report published Friday by an international anti-corruption organization. That organization, Global Witness, puts the value of the jade produced in 2014 in Burma at at least $31 billion—more... More »

Star Student Scores Zero in All of Her Final Exams

Mariam Malak's family smells corruption in odd case

(Newser) - Imagine flunking all seven of your high-school finals with a total score of zero. Now imagine doing this as a star student with dreams of a medical career, and you'll better understand Mariam Malak, "one of Egypt's top performing high school students," the BBC reports. "... More »

Corruption Scandal Takes Down Guatemala's Prez

Otto Perez Molina resigns amid accusations of fraud, bribery

(Newser) - Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has resigned in the face of a corruption scandal that has brought his government to the brink. A spokesman says Perez Molina submitted his resignation at midnight after he was ordered to stand in front of a judge in the customs fraud case, which already... More »

MIA Mayor Accused of Running Town via WhatsApp

And of stealing $4M from school fund in one of Brazil's poorest states

(Newser) - While people in the Brazilian town of Bom Jardim were facing daily economic struggles and teachers stopped getting their paychecks, prosecutors say Mayor Lidiane Leite was partying it up in the Maranhao state capital—and running the town under her charge from 170 miles away via WhatsApp, the BBC reports.... More »

China Not Messing Around Hunting Down Fugitive in US

Brother of ex-aide to ex China president may have 'sensitive' info on Chinese leaders

(Newser) - The Obama administration has warned China to stop sending over undercover agents to wrangle its "economic fugitives," but that hasn't stopped Xi Jinping's henchmen from traveling overseas to find the brother of a man who used to be a top aide to ex-Chinese President Hu Jintao.... More »

Rogue Cops? 158 Drug Convictions Tossed in Philly

Narcotics officers were accused of being crooked

(Newser) - To the shock of at least one man who left court free as a result, a Philadelphia judge yesterday reversed 158 narcotics convictions considered tainted by police corruption, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. As part of the reversals, two people will be released from prison and another 60 will have their... More »

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