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Austria detains Ukraine tycoon after extradition ruling

Vienna - Austria arrested one of Ukraine's richest men, a fresh twist for the one-time ally of ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.

Panama sets up special office to probe alleged Odebrecht bribes

Panama - Panama's state prosecutor's office on Wednesday announced it was setting up a special office to investigate alleged bribery of officials by Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht as it bid to secure public projects.

Sons of Panama's ex-president deny bribes from Odebrecht

Panama - Two sons of Panamanian ex-president Ricardo Martinelli denied on Monday reports that they had received $6 million intended as a bribe for their father from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

Panama urges punishment of those who took Odebrecht bribes

Panama - Panama's government on Thursday warned of punishment for public employees who took any of the more than $59 million in bribes paid by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for contracts.

Russia detains investigators over huge mob boss bribes

Moscow - Russia's security service on Tuesday detained senior investigators on suspicion of taking bribes of up to $1 million from mafia bosses in return for letting their cases drop.

China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Bejing - Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft.

U.S. government continues action against drugs firm Norvatis

The U.S. government is seeking documents from the pharmaceutical company Novartis. This is for an investigation into the allegation the Swiss company provided so-called ‘kickback’ payments to doctors.

Ex-Israeli PM Olmert to serve jail time on bribery conviction

Jerusalem - Israel's top court on Tuesday upheld a bribery conviction against former premier Ehud Olmert, which will make him the country's first ex-prime minister to serve jail time.

Why France, pioneer against foreign bribery, has convicted zero firms

Paris - France has failed to convict a single company for corruption abroad since an international anti-bribery convention came into force 15 years ago. Some critics say it is now time to American-ise the judicial system.

Former UN General Assembly head arrested for bribery

New York - A former president of the UN General Assembly, John Ashe, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with taking $1.3 million in bribes from Chinese businessmen in a corruption scandal that stunned the world body.

Chicago sues red-light camera firm for bribery scheme

Chicago - The City of Chicago has filed suit against former red light camera operator, Redflex Traffic Systems, for more than $300 million on grounds the entire program was built on a $2 million bribery scheme.

FDA inspector held on bribery probe

A Taiwanese FDA inspector based in Taiwan, Chen Wen-hsiung, along with pharmaceutical associates, has been questioned by local authorities as part of an anti-corruption probe.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Fifa World Cup investigator comes out against 'erroneous' summary

Fifa was thisclose to tidying up claims of shady bid practices on the parts of cities competing for the privilege of hosting the next two World Cups, only to have its lead investigator call the report "erroneous" just hours later.

Op-Ed: Greek officials still playing dirty

While unwinding on the Greek sun-kissed island of Crete, embracing the clear sea and golden sand, one would never think that this is the same country that was plagued by protests, severe tax hikes and record unemployment for the past six years.

Former New Orleans mayor sentenced to 10 years

New Orleans - Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans during hurricane Katrina, was sentenced today to 10 years in federal prison for money laundering, bribery, and other corruption related charges.

Mafia boss says Italy judges took bribes to alter murder verdicts

Rome - A mafia boss turned informant has accused judges in Naples of having accepted bribes to acquit him of murders he has confessed to carrying out, Italian media said Thursday."There was a whole system set up in the court in Naples.

Bribes written on edible paper in Italy fraud inquiry

Rome - A bribes scandal in Venice started when investigators found corrupt accounts written out on edible paper to be consumed in case of a police raid, Italian media reported on Friday.

HP to pay $108 million in US to settle bribery probes

Washington - US computer giant Hewlett-Packard agreed to pay $108 million to settle investigations that it paid bribes to win public contracts in Russia, Poland and Mexico, officials said Wednesday.

Libyan fund sues France's SocGen for $1.5 bln

London - Libya's sovereign wealth fund is suing French bank Societe Generale in a British court for $1.5 billion (1.1 billion euros) for allegedly channelling bribes to allies of the son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, officials said on Monday.

Cisco says probing possible bribery in Russia, other countries

Cisco Systems Inc is investigating potential violations of U.S.

F1 supremo Ecclestone begins search for successor

London - Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he is looking for someone to succeed him at the head of the sport, as he prepares to face bribery charges in Germany.The 83-year-old British businessman is due to go on trial in Munich on April 24 to f...

Former Czech PM charged with bribery

Prague - Former Czech prime minister Petr Necas has been charged with bribery in a case that brought down his centre-right government last year and sparked a drawn-out political crisis, his lawyer and local media said Tuesday.Necas was informed Tuesday that cri...

Court rejects appeal by Bo Xilai, upholds life sentence

Jinan - A Chinese court has rejected the appeal of former Chonqing Communist party leader Bo Xilai, and has upheld his life sentence for bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power.

Navy commander and NCIS agent among the arrested in Navy scandal

San Diego - Earlier this week, a Navy commander, an NCIS agent, and a defense contractor were arrested on federal charges in two bribery schemes.

Chinese court allows Bo Xilai to appeal life sentence

Jinan - A Chinese court has agreed to consider an appeal by former Chongqing party leader, a one time rising star in China's political world, Bo Xilai.

China arrests two people linked to drug bribery claims

The co-founders of a business advisory company that has worked with GlaxoSmithKline have been arrested in China on suspicion of breaking laws related to purchasing personal information.

Italy arrests defence boss in bribery investigation

Milano - Giuseppe Orsi, the chief executive of Italy's largest defence company Finmeccanica, was arrested on Tuesday, along with the top executive at the company's helicopter division, AgustaWestland.

Berlusconi bribery trial ends with no verdict as time runs out

Rome - Former Italian Prime Minister evades punishment on charges of bribing British lawyer David Mills. The statute of limitations had run out and a verdict could not be reached.

Newt Gingrich was under FBI investigation for bribery

Little known to the American public Newt Gingrich and his then wife Marianne were the subject of a US Justice Department criminal investigation in the late 1990s involving a $10 million bribe of the world’s largest private arms dealer, Sarkis Soghanalia
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12  2014  on 21 counts of corruption...
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12, 2014, on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion during the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005
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Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz
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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12  2014  on 21 counts of corruption...
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was found guilty on February 12, 2014, on 21 counts of corruption, including bribery, conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion during the city's recovery from Hurricane Katrina in 2005
© Reuters / Jonathan Bachman