Tag: Bribery and Kickbacks

Ethics Inquiry Opened Over Justin Trudeau’s Actions in Bribery Case

Canada’s parliamentary ethics commissioner said on Monday that he would look into allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau improperly pressured his former attorney general to call off a criminal case against a major engineering company based in Montreal. The announcement, made in a letter to two members of Parliament, followed several days of allegations that […]

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Norman Seabrook Was Once a Union PowerBroker in New York. Now He Is Going to Prison.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Five years ago, Norman Seabrook was one of the most politically powerful figures in New York City, the longtime leader of the 20,000-member union representing correction officers. For two decades, he had the ear of mayors, governors and lawmakers […]

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Jeff Bezos Isn’t Afraid of Total Exposure

I cannot quite believe I am writing about Jeff Bezos’ sex life for the second time in two weeks, let alone about his penis. But Mr. Bezos brought all of himself back into the news on Thursday by writing a blockbuster post on Medium accusing American Media, which owns The National Enquirer, of blackmail. The […]

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Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigation into how his private text messages and photos with his mistress were leaked to the tabloid. In an extraordinarily personal online post, Mr. Bezos said intermediaries of David J. Pecker, […]

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‘It’s the Human Way’: Corruption Scandals Play Out in Big Cities Across U.S.

ATLANTA — A senior aide to a former mayor of Atlanta collapses on a courtroom floor after hearing that she is headed to prison. F.B.I. agents in Los Angeles haul away computers and documents during a raid of a veteran councilman’s office. News cameras trail the most powerful alderman in Chicago as he walks to […]

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Bribes Like ‘Monopoly Money’ Were Given to South Africa’s Leaders, Panel Hears

Cash bribes were called “monopoly money,” and handed out to high-ranking members of South Africa’s governing party on monthly retainers. When that payoff wasn’t enough, $22,000 was stuffed into a Louis Vuitton handbag and delivered to a close ally of the president at the time. That sent the recipient “over the moon,” according to Angelo […]

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‘This Is Our Land’

One evening in 2014, a police officer in Kolwezi, a dusty mining city of a half-million people in the southern Democratic Republic of Congo, decided that his family needed a new latrine. He picked up a shovel and started digging a pit in his yard and soon stood transfixed at the shimmering black dirt he’d […]

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Bolsonaro Finds Anticorruption Vow Threatened by Cases Close to Home

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new far-right president, stepped onto the international stage this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a pitch that had resounded with voters back home: He was committed to eliminating entrenched corruption in his country. But a series of questionable episodes just three weeks into […]

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A $100 Million Bribe to the President? Mexicans Shrug

MEXICO CITY — The allegation landed like a bombshell in the United States: One of the world’s biggest drug kingpins had paid a $100 million bribe to the former president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto. Yet in Mexico, the claim — made on Tuesday in a Brooklyn courtroom by a former ally of the drug […]

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Goldman Sachs’s Tactic in Malaysian Fraud Case: Smear an Ex-Partner

They sound like the ingredients of a pulpy thriller: Bigamy. Secret religious conversions. A doctorate from a mail-order diploma mill. Affairs with powerful women. The sordid list — a mixture of facts, accusations and insinuations, packaged in a glossy slide show — represents the crux of a well-orchestrated campaign by Goldman Sachs to discredit one […]

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A Jail Guard Smuggled In Contraband for a Turkish Gold Trader. Now He’s Going to Prison Himself.

Reza Zarrab was a well-connected Turkish-Iranian gold trader known for throwing money around with abandon, paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes to Turkish officials. When he was arrested in 2016 and jailed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, an ultrasecure federal lockup in Manhattan, one of the guards, Victor Casado, 36, of the Bronx, […]

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N.Y. Police Official Who Took Las Vegas Trip and Gifts Is Not Guilty on Bribery Charges

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A police commander was found not guilty of federal bribery charges on Wednesday after a seven-week trial in which prosecutors contended he had done favors for two businessmen in return for lavish gifts, including a junket to Las Vegas […]

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‘Exhibit A’: How McKinsey Got Entangled in a Bribery Case

VIENNA — Boeing was in a tight spot. Just as it was preparing to roll out its innovative 787 Dreamliner — the plane that was supposed to lead the aircraft manufacturer into the future — a shortage of strong but lightweight titanium parts threatened production. With titanium prices rising and delivery dates looming, Boeing knew […]

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Private Jet to the Super Bowl: Bribes Described in N.Y. Police Trial

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] On Christmas Day 2013, two Orthodox Jewish businessmen dressed up as Santa, wearing red-and-white felt hats, and packed the trunk of a black Aston Martin convertible with gifts they later delivered to high-ranking New York City police officials. Earlier […]

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A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded.

He struck billions of dollars’ worth of deals in Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He sought business with war-torn places like Chad and with international pariahs like North Korea. Ye Jianming, a fast-rising Chinese oil tycoon, ventured to places only the most politically connected Chinese companies dared to go. But what he wanted was access […]

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Mastermind of Cuomo’s Economic Development Efforts Is Sentenced to Prison

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Alain E. Kaloyeros, the central architect of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s largest economic development efforts, was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for his role in a bid-rigging scandal involving the governor’s signature upstate […]

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Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] More than 18 months ago, the Manhattan district attorney’s office opened yet another investigation into fraud in the city’s $62 billion construction industry, this one involving Bloomberg L.P., the financial information and media company owned by former Mayor Michael […]

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Drug Maker Pays $360 Million to Settle Investigation Into Charity Kickbacks

The drug maker Actelion Pharmaceuticals has agreed to a $360 million settlement stemming from an investigation into whether the company illegally funneled kickbacks through a patient-assistance charity, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Actelion, which was acquired by Johnson & Johnson in 2017 and makes expensive drugs to treat a rare lung condition, is the latest pharmaceutical […]

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News Analysis: Netanyahu’s Obsession With Image Could Be His Downfall

JERUSALEM — In a fiery Hanukkah speech to his fellow Likud party stalwarts a year ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Israeli left for the corruption investigations engulfing him, saying that because his opponents couldn’t defeat him at the ballot box, “they tried to beat us with slander.” On Sunday, he addressed the same […]

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The Corruption Cases Against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — For the third time this year, the Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust, this time accusing him of performing official favors for a telecommunications and media conglomerate in exchange for adoring coverage by its news subsidiary. That case and two […]

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