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Bob Menendez: I'm Not Going Anywhere

New Jersey senator says he's not quitting, but some Democrats are open to expelling him

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has denied reports that he's planning to bow to pressure from fellow Democrats and resign after being convicted on corruption charges . On Wednesday, NBC News , citing "two people directly familiar with the conversations," reported that Menendez had told allies he was preparing to resign,...

Sen. Bob Menendez Guilty of Corruption
Menendez Is Guilty,
Schumer Tells Him to Resign

Menendez Is Guilty, Schumer Tells Him to Resign

Democratic senator of New Jersey was convicted on all corruption charges

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez was convicted on Tuesday of all the counts he faced at his corruption trial , including accepting bribes of gold and cash from three New Jersey businessmen and acting as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government, per the AP . The jury's verdict followed a nine-week trial...

Democratic Power Broker Faces Racketeering Charge

George Norcross accused of scheme involving waterfront property in Camden, NJ

(Newser) - New Jersey's attorney general has charged influential Democratic power broker George Norcross with racketeering and other charges in connection with government-issued tax credits, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.
  • Norcross, a former Democratic National Committee member and one-time head of the Camden County Democratic Party, has been an influential

Across the Street From Trump, Bob Menendez Goes on Trial

Jury selection begins in New Jersey Democrat's corruption trial

(Newser) - Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez went on trial in Manhattan federal court Monday, accused of accepting bribes of gold and cash to use his influence to deliver favors that would help three New Jersey businessmen as well as the governments of Egypt and Qatar. Menendez, 70, sat with his lawyers and...

One of Vietnam's Richest Women Sentenced to Death

Truong My Lan found guilty of embezzling $12.5B from bank she illegally controlled

(Newser) - One of Vietnam's richest women has been sentenced to death after a corruption trial that involved thousands of witnesses and more than 80 co-defendants. Property tycoon Truong My Lan, 67, was found guilty of illegally controlling the Saigon Commercial Bank, bribing officials, and embezzling $12.5 billion, CNN reports....

Spain's Disgraced Ex-Soccer Chief Is Arrested

Luis Rubiales is detained at the airport in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation

(Newser) - Luis Rubiales, the disgraced former president of Spain's soccer federation who kissed a player on the lips without her consent at the Women's World Cup final, was arrested Wednesday as part of a separate corruption probe by Spanish police before being released. The Civil Guard said that Rubiales...

Report: Sen. Menendez Won't Seek Another Term

Poll finds 75% of NJ voters believe Democrat is probably guilty of corruption

(Newser) - Sen. Bob Menendez has so far defied calls to resign amid corruption and obstruction of justice allegations, but his days in politics could be numbered. The New York Post , citing a source close to the 70-year-old New Jersey Democrat, reports that Menendez won't be running for a fourth term....

Portugal's PM Quits After Chief of Staff Arrested

Antonio Costa says he's not a crook

(Newser) - Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa resigned Tuesday after his government was involved in a widespread corruption probe, sending a shock wave through the normally tranquil politics of the European Union member. The 62-year-old Costa, Portugal's Socialist leader since 2015, asserted his innocence but said in a nationally televised address...

FBI Investigates Alleged Illegal Donations to NYC Mayor

Investigation centers on alleged ties between Eric Adams' 2021 campaign and Turkey

(Newser) - The home of New York City Mayor Eric Adams' chief fundraiser was raided Thursday as part of a public corruption probe seeking to determine whether the mayor's 2021 election campaign conspired with Turkey's government to receive illegal foreign donations, according to the New York Times . A search warrant...

Ohio Official Spent Public Funds on $4K Wildebeest for Own Zoo

Township fiscal officer was sentenced to almost 5 years, ordered to repay $340K

(Newser) - A crooked official in Ohio spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds on personal purchases including a $4,116 wildebeest for his roadside zoo, according to a state audit. Former Vinton Township fiscal officer Cy Viestra also bought "two owls, windows for a primate exhibit ... hot tubs,...

Former Michigan House Speaker Guilty of Corruption

Rick Johnson admits taking bribes while chair of marijuana licensing board

(Newser) - In Michigan, the smell of legal marijuana came with the stench of corruption, according to federal investigators. Rick Johnson, former speaker of the Michigan House and former chairman of the Michigan Marijuana Licensing Board, has been charged with taking more than $110,000 in bribes connected to marijuana licenses, Politico...

26 Years Ago, She Stole $600K and Fled. Now, an Arrest

Ex-bank teller who got plastic surgery before going on the run is captured in China

(Newser) - Even plastic surgery to help hide her identity couldn't keep persistent authorities from finally tracking down a bank teller who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer more than 25 years ago. Vice reports on the story out of China, which starts in 1997 in Yueqing. At...

Aung San Suu Kyi Hears Her Fate in Latest Corruption Trial

Ex-Myanmar leader convicted, hit with 7-year sentence, bringing her total to 33 years

(Newser) - A court in military-ruled Myanmar convicted the country's ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi of corruption Friday, sentencing her to seven years in prison in the last of a string of criminal cases against her, a legal official said. The court's action leaves her with a total of...

DEA's Most Corrupt Agent: I Didn't Act Alone

Jose Irizarry on how he turned the 'unwinnable' drug war into 'a very fun game'

(Newser) - José Irizarry accepts that he's known as the most corrupt agent in Drug Enforcement Administration history, admitting he "became another man" in conspiring with Colombian cartels to build a lavish lifestyle of expensive sports cars, Tiffany jewels, and paramours around the world. But as he used his final...

'Despicable' Former Judges Ordered to Pay Victims $206M

Pennsylvania judges received kickbacks for sending children to for-profit jails

(Newser) - Two former Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of people they victimized in one of the worst judicial scandals in US history. US District Judge Christopher Conner awarded $106 million...

5G Giant Ericsson 'Uninvestible,' Riddled With Corruption

Report: Corruption, fraud, and gross mismanagement risked employee lives

(Newser) - In 2014, as ISIS was at the height of its power in Iraq, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson forged ahead with development of its 5G infrastructure in the region. In the process, it was likely stuffing cash into the pockets of ISIS militants. A leaked internal investigation report obtained by the...

Feds: Hawaii Lawmakers Took Dirty Money for Cesspool Bills

Both men expected to plead guilty to taking bribes

(Newser) - A Hawaii state senator and a state representative took bribes including envelopes of cash, Las Vegas hotel rooms, and New Orleans casino chips in exchange for shaping legislation that would benefit a company involved in publicly financed cesspool conversion projects, according to federal allegations filed in court. Former Senate Majority...

Brazil's Ex-Olympic Boss Gets 30 Years

Former Rio governor among others sentenced to jail for corruption

(Newser) - Carlos Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Brazilian Olympic Committee for more than two decades, was sentenced to 30 years and 11 months in jail for allegedly buying votes for Rio de Janeiro to host the 2016 Olympics. The ruling by Judge Marcelo Bretas became public Thursday, per the AP...

His Case Helped Oust a President. Now He's Free on Parole

Samsung's Lee Jae-yong out of prison after 18 months of 30-month sentence

(Newser) - Samsung leader Lee Jae-yong walked out of prison Friday a year early, in a parole decision showing the conglomerate's outsize influence in South Korea. Lee left the prison near Seoul to a barrage of camera flashes and bowed in apology over the anger ignited by his case, related to...

Felon Rod Blagojevich Sues for Right to Seek Office
Sues Illinois

Convicted Governor Sues Illinois

Rod Blagojevich wants the right to run for office again

(Newser) - This time, Rod Blagojevich is taking Illinois to court. The former governor, who served eight years in prison on corruption convictions before his sentence was commuted by former President Trump, filed a federal lawsuit Monday to regain the right to run for elective office, the Washington Post reports. That required...

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