Tag: Bribery

Latvia's central bank chief Ilmars Rimsevics faces allegations that he received bribes of at least 100,000 euros

Top European Central Bank Boss Denies Bribery Charges

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Latvian member of the European Central Bank’s top policymaking board has rejected charges of bribery. Latvian broadcaster LSM cites Ilmars Rimsevics, head of the Baltic country’s central bank, as saying: “I completely deny all these

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Border Patrol Agent Sentenced for Helping Smuggle Drugs

A federal judge in Arizona sentenced a former Border Patrol to seven and a half years in prison for his role in helping smuggle marijuana into Arizona. The agent received bribes for assisting in the smuggling effort.

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Menendez ‘Severely Admonished’ by Senate Ethics Committee

The Senate Ethics Committee announced a finding on Thursday evening that New Jersey Senator Robert Mendez (D-NJ) violated federal law and Senate rules by accepting unreported gifts from a friend and political ally. The committee said Menendez then used the power of his office to assist the friend. The New Jersey Democrat avoided a conviction in a federal corruption trial in 2017.

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Ex-Customs Officer Sent to Prison for Immigrant Smuggling 

A federal judge in South Texas sentenced a former customs officer to prison for his role in a failed human smuggling scheme. The law enforcement officer used his position at an international port of entry to allow an illegal immigrant to enter the country.

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Texas College Trustee Gets Six Years for Taking Bribes

A former Texas community college board member will spend nearly six years in federal prison for taking more than a quarter of a million dollars in bribes in exchange for using his position as a trustee to help people secure contracts.

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5 Texas Border Sheriffs Who Were Linked to Mexican Cartels

The ties between elected officials and the Mexican transnational criminal organizations we call “cartels” do not stop at the U.S.-Mexico border. In many instances, such corruption manifested on the north side of the line. We detail below five such instances where Texas border sheriffs were indicted and sentenced to prison for such ties.

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Report Shows Need to Secure Border from Official Corruption

The small number of bribery and corruption cases by employees at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could have a wider ranging impact on border security and immigration enforcement. The department’s 250,000 employees and vast law enforcement activities are about to be turned over to a new DHS Secretary who will have to address the emerging issue of official corruption.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez is taken away from city hall by police, in Crystal City, Texas, after allegedly disrupting a City Council meeting while fighting a recall effort that began before his indictment this month in a public corruption investigation …

More Corruption Charges Filed Against South Texas Mayor, City Manager

Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed 15 additional corruption charges against the mayor and city manager of the south Texas town of Crystal City. The new charges include wire fraud, theft of services, and additional conspiracy charges.

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Former CalPERS CEO Sentenced to 4 Years for Taking Huge Bribes

Fred Buenrostro, the former Chief Executive Officer of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) was sentenced to 4.5 years in federal prison this week for what a U.S. District termed “a spectacular breach of trust.”

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IMF: World Cost of Bribes up to $2 Trillion Annually

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a report Wednesday finding that annual cost of bribes paid in both developing countries and advanced economies amounts to $1.5 to $2 trillion globally.

In this photo taken on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, Crystal City Mayor Ricardo Lopez is taken away from city hall by police, in Crystal City, Texas, after allegedly disrupting a City Council meeting while fighting a recall effort that began before his indictment this month in a public corruption investigation …

Crystal City Mayor Arrested Again, ‘He was Inciting a Riot,’ Says Police Chief

The embattled Mayor of Crystal City, already facing a recall election, was arrested Tuesday night during a city council meeting after the mayor and citizens got into a pushing and yelling match that got out of hand. Things got worse for the mayor when he was found with an illegal pill in his pocket when he was processed into the jail.

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48 Georgia Prison Guards Busted in Corruption Scandal

About four dozen current and retired state prison guards were arrested and charged with bribery and distribution of drugs after a series of raids across the state of Georgia on Thursday morning.

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South Texas Town’s City Hall Shut Down by FBI

A multi-agency law enforcement task force raided and shut down the city hall building of the town of Crystal City, Texas, on Thursday. Five city officials and a Texas businessman were arrested on corruption charges.

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Religious Liberty, Public Corruption

WASHINGTON—Former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R-VA) bribery conviction, as well as the constitutionality of state laws banning money from going to religious schools, have joined the Supreme Court’s docket, as the justices on Friday filled eight spots on their docket for cases to be decided by the time the current year’s term ends in June.

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Staffer Sentenced for False Claims Against Carl Demaio

Former campaign staffer Todd Bosnich was sentenced on Monday after pleading guilty to instigating and then obstructing an FBI investigation into Republican Carl DeMaio during the 2014 election based on false accusations.

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Rahm Emanuel Withholds Records on Possible Involvement in Chicago School Contract Scandal

Last week, a former Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO was indicted on charges that she took bribes while steering up to $23 million in no-bid contracts to a consulting firm she once worked for, and some wonder if Emanuel’s office had a hand in that scandal. But the mayor’s office is blocking the release of records that could shed light on that relationship.

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Former Chicago Public Schools Chief to Plead Guilty to Bribery Charges

It was reported on Thursday that former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett intends to plead guilty to charges that she took bribes while steering up to $23 million in no-bid contracts to a consulting firm she worked for prior to taking over as head of the CPS.

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UN Bribery Investigation Ropes in Former General Assembly Leader

U.S. authorities have charged six people in connection with an alleged bribery scheme at the UN, including a former head of the General Assembly. The bribes were for real estate developments in Macau, a peninsula in mainland China.