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Brazil judge’s death sets up battle for Temer

The death in a plane crash of a Brazilian supreme court judge has thrown into jeopardy the country’s biggest corruption investigation and set the …

Brazil

Senate approves Sasse-sponsored bill aimed at helping Government Accountability Office root out waste, fraud

WASHINGTON — Legislation now headed for the president’s desk will allow a government watchdog agency to access a key database in order to identify …

Government

Rolls-Royce to Pay More Than $800 Million to Settle Corruption Probe

Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC said Monday that it had settled a longstanding corruption probe with U.S., British and other authorities at a cost of more than $800 million.<p>Under the agreement, the U.K.-based maker of jet and marine engines admits to guilt in some of its business dealings overseas. The …

21st Century

Brazil's Workers Party backs Lula for president despite corruption trial

Brazil's Workers Party plans to field former two-term leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the 2018 elections despite his facing five separate corruption trials, the party's leader said on Tuesday.<p>Lula, who led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, is still one of Brazil's most popular politicians, …

Brazil

Former Colombian Official Detained Over Odebrecht Bribery Scandal

BOGOTÁ—Colombian authorities detained a former deputy transport minister late Thursday for allegedly receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht SA, in the first arrest since the regional corruption scandal was made public last month.<p>Gabriel García, who served in the …

Corruption

The domino effect of the Odebrecht bribery scandal in Colombia

The arrest of former senator Otto Bula on Saturday was the latest in a domino effect of falling political figures in Colombia as the bribery scandal …

Corruption

The Aid-Corruption Paradox: How Should the U.S. Allocate Foreign Aid?

The United States spends about $34 billion annually on foreign aid, frequently to countries that have abysmal corruption track records (see the exact …

Foreign Policy

Making sure officials ‘do not want to be corrupt’

IT has become more than clear that China wants to ensure its officials "do not want to be corrupt." But how exactly does a nation go about this? One …

China

Trump Admin Inherits Continued Insecurity, Corruption in Afghanistan

Afghan security personnel inspect at the site of roadside bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2016 / AP<p>BY: Follow @mchalfant16<br>January 12, 2017 …

Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100M fraud case

Prosecutors say a kickback scheme involved a sham medical study to bilk up to $102 million from a publicly funded federal health program for military family members. Wochit<p>PHOENIX — A dozen doctors, pharmacy owners and marketing pros have been accused of a kickback scheme that prosecutors allege …

Health
Corruption

Reducing Corruption in the Use of Development Aid: The Payment by Results Model

As discussed in my previous post, corrupt diversion of development aid in recipient countries affects both the efficacy of the intended development …

Corruption

China combats corruption within anti-corruption agency

<b>China's anti-corruption agency says it is going to watch its officials more closely, after uncovering corruption within its own ranks.</b><p>It says 17 officials from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) have been investigated for corruption since 2012.<p>A sweeping anti-corruption drive …

Corruption

Medicare fraud suspects in South Florida continue to flee to Cuba

Dora Robaina’s résumé boasted plenty of experience working in Miami’s lucrative Medicare rackets.<p>She’d served two years in prison a decade ago for …

Fraud

Feds Find $20M Cash Hidden in Massachusetts Box Spring

Federal authorities say they have found about $20 million in cash hidden inside a box spring in a Massachusetts apartment as part of the …

TI paints bleak picture of govt services

Chief Secretary Som Lal Subedi blames the situation on the prolonged political instability in the country<p>Dec 27, 2016- The Land Revenue Offices, …

Nepal

Dominican Republic Politician Warns of Criminal Influence in Politics

The head of a major political party in the Dominican Republic has become the latest high-profile figure to denounce the influence of organized crime …

Latin America

Trinidadian companies blacklisted by IDB for fraud in Guyana

Western Scientific Company Limited from Trinidad was handed a four-year ban from March 31, 2016 to October 15, 2020 and is among the companies that …

Experts who quit Panama's transparency commission produce their own report

Ending the kinds of offshore abuses revealed by the Panama Papers scandal requires a global solution led by the United States and Europe, a report …

Transparency

General Cable FCPA Enforcement Action - Part I: The Bribery Schemes - Compliance Report

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) continued their stunning run of 2016 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act …

Corruption

The FCPA in Latin America: Common Corruption Risks and Effective Compliance Strategies for the Region

Latin America is experiencing a historic anti-corruption wave as governments in the region bolster their local anti-corruption laws, prosecutors …

Latin America

Human trafficking and corruption

<b>IN FIGURES</b><p>Over 20.9 million people around the world are estimated to be victims of forced labour.<p>Forced labour is estimated to generate US$150 …

The Enemy Within: Bribes Bore a Hole in the U.S. Border

<i>Get politics and Washington news updates via Facebook, Twitter and in the Morning Briefing newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — In 2012, Joohoon David Lee, a federal Homeland Security agent in Los Angeles, was assigned to investigate the case of a Korean businessman accused of sex trafficking.<p>Instead of …

Corruption

Corruption probe clouds survival of Brazil's transition leader

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Corruption allegations implicating Brazilian President Michel Temer and his party are casting doubt on his ability to remain in office and causing the first cracks in his coalition amid growing calls for early elections.<p>Allegations that Temer and members of his inner circle …

Brazil

A Brazilian bribery machine

Record fine for illegal payments by Odebrecht raises hopes of end to the country’s culture of impunity

Brazil

Venezuela military trafficking food as country goes hungry

PUERTO CABELLO, Venezuela (AP) — When hunger drew tens of thousands of Venezuelans to the streets in protest last summer, President Nicolas Maduro turned to the military to manage the country's diminished food supply, putting generals in charge of everything from butter to rice.<p>But instead of …

Military

Website for Brazil's President Temer hacked

A website for the Brazilian president has been hacked, plastered with messages calling for the death penalty for legislators in a country where many …

China says 'Sky Net' campaign recovers $331 million in corruption losses

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has recovered 2.3 billion yuan ($331.27 million) in losses from graft in the first 11 months of this year from across more than 70 different regions and countries, the country's corruption watchdog said on its official website on Saturday.<p>The news comes after Beijing …

China

Massive Advertising Fraud Scheme Uncovered in Russia

The largest, most profitable advertising fraud scheme has been uncovered in Russia that is estimated to have gained over $180 million in profits …