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Walmart to pay $282 mn to settle US bribery probes: agency

New York - Global retail chain Walmart agreed on Thursday to pay $282 million to settle long-running US probes over charges it did too little to prevent bribery of foreign officials as it aggressively expanded its overseas operations.

Ex-Goldman Sachs CEO met with key 1MDB figure: FT

New York - Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein is the senior executive mentioned in US court papers as having met a man at the center of the 1MDB corruption scandal in Malaysia, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Malaysian in 1MDB scandal denies wrongdoing after US charges

Kuala Lumpur - A Malaysian financier at the centre of a corruption scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB maintained his innocence Friday after the US unveiled criminal charges against him and two ex-Goldman Sachs bankers.

US charges ex-Goldman Sachs bankers in Malaysia graft scandal

New York - US officials have unveiled criminal charges against two former Goldman Sachs bankers over the scandal-plagued Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, raising fresh questions about corporate culture at the prestigious investment bank.

US unveils indictments in Malaysia bribery scandal

New York - US officials unveiled criminal indictments Thursday against an intermediary to scandal-plagued Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB and a former Goldman Sachs banker involved in an elaborate alleged bribery scheme.

US, Brazil fine Petrobras $853 mn in bribery scandal

Washington - US and Brazilian authorities have fined Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras more than $853 million for covering up a massive bribery scheme involving Brazilian politicians and political parties, the US Justice Department announced Thursday.

US, Brazil fine Petrobras $853 mn in bribery scandal

Washington - US and Brazilian authorities have fined Brazil's state oil giant Petrobras more than $853 million for covering up bribes to Brazilian politicians and political parties, the US Justice Department announced Thursday.

S. Korea MP embroiled in bribery scandal commits suicide

Seoul - A prominent South Korean lawmaker who was being probed over a bribery scandal has committed suicide, police said Monday.

US arrests two Chinese oil company reps in Africa bribery scheme

Washington - US authorities arrested two officials representing a Chinese energy company in a multi-year, multimillion dollar bribery scheme in Africa, with some deals arranged in the halls of the United Nations, officials announced Monday.

Lawyer accused of attempting to bribe and intimidate rape victim

Baltimore - A Maryland defense attorney was arrested after it was alleged he offered a rape victim $3,000 not to testify against his client and told her she might be deported if she showed up in court. An interpreter working for the lawyer was also charged.

Greek ex-minister jailed for graft secures release

Atenas - Greek magistrates on Wednesday approved the release from prison of former socialist minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, one of the few prominent politicians jailed for corruption in the country, a justice source said.

Greek ex-minister jailed for graft secures release

Atenas - Greek magistrates on Wednesday approved the release from prison of former socialist minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, one of the few prominent politicians jailed for corruption in the country, a justice source said.

Greek ex-minister jailed for graft secures release

Atenas - Greek magistrates on Wednesday approved the release from prison of former socialist minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos, one of the few prominent politicians jailed for corruption in the country, a justice source said.

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.
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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
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

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