Tag Archives: bribery

Top Aides Accuse Texas AG Ken Paxton Of Taking Bribes

The Austin Statesman reports: Top aides of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have asked federal law enforcement authorities to investigate allegations of improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other potential crimes against the state’s top lawyer. In a one-page letter to the state agency’s director of human resources, obtained Saturday by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, seven executives in the …

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GOP Ohio House Speaker, Former State GOP Chair, Lobbyists In Custody For Alleged $60M Bribery Case

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Federal officials arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others on Tuesday morning in connection with a $60 million bribery case. U.S. Attorney David DeVillers’ office would not discuss details of the case, but a source involved in the investigation confirmed Householder’s arrest to The Enquirer. Also arrested, according to the source: Neil Clark, founder …

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FBI Raids Farm Of GOP Ohio House Speaker, Announce Racketeering Case Related To $60M In Alleged Bribes

The Dayton Daily News reports: Police activity is being reported at Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder’s farm in Perry County and the U.S. Attorney’s office said it is holding a 2:30 p.m. press conference today related to $60 million in bribes paid to a state official and associates. FBI Special Agent in Charge Chris Hoffman and U.S. Attorney for the …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu Rages As Corruption Trial Begins

The Associated Press reports: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday launched a tirade against the nation’s justice system as his long-awaited corruption trial got underway, accusing police and prosecutors of conspiring to “depose” him. Netanyahu’s comments opened what is sure to be a tumultuous period for Israel as he becomes the country’s first sitting prime minister ever to go …

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Fox Contributor Ken Starr: Maybe It’s Time For GOP Senators To Visit Trump And Ask For His Resignation

The Daily Beast reports: Moments before Wednesday’s impeachment hearings and right after U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland’s opening statement was released, Fox News contributor Ken Starr wondered aloud whether Sondland flipping on President Trump would cause GOP senators to push Trump to resign. “The real issue is the senators are watching,” Starr said. “Are senators going to now …

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Intel Dem: Sondland’s Testimony Will Show Bribery

The Hill reports: Rep. Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.) said Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s testimony will show President Trump participated in the “solicitation of a bribe.” Maloney told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” that the “evidence is building” against President Trump in the impeachment inquiry. He said President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky demonstrated the White …

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Kushner Corp Got $90M In Foreign Funding Since 2017

The Guardian reports: A real estate company part-owned by Jared Kushner has received $90m in foreign funding from an opaque offshore vehicle since he entered the White House as a senior adviser to his father-in-law Donald Trump. Investment has flowed from overseas to the company, Cadre, while Kushner works as an international envoy for the US, according to corporate filings …

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Michigan GOP State Rep Charged With Soliciting Bribes Via Text Messages Says He Should Have Just Called

Michigan Live reports: State Rep. Larry Inman said he probably should have picked up the phone and called labor union representatives instead of sending texts that would later be part of a federal indictment alleging he solicited bribes. Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted May 15 by federal prosecutors for attempted extortion, bribery and lying to an FBI agent. The indictment …

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MICHIGAN: Republican State Rep Indicted On Charge He Solicited Union Bribe On Vote For Wage Repeal Bill

The Detroit Free Press reports: A state representative has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of trying to sell his vote on a measure to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Rep. Larry Inman, R-Traverse City, was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids, court records show. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, called on Inman on …

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New Federal Charges For Parents In College Scam Case

The New York Post reports: Lori Loughlin and her husband were indicted Tuesday for participating in the college admissions scam — and hit with new charges, prosecutors announced. A federal grand jury in Boston handed up the indictment against the “Full House” star, hubby Mossimo Giannulli and 14 other parents on charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud …

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Felicity Huffman, Others Plead Guilty In College Scandal

Reuters reports: Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in U.S. history, federal prosecutors said on Monday. The 14 are among 50 people accused by federal prosecutors in Boston of engaging in schemes that involved cheating on college entrance exams and paying $25 …

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Indicted North Carolina GOP Leader Won’t Step Down

CNN reports: Robin Hayes, the embattled chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, announced Wednesday that he will stay on as the leader of the party despite being indicted on federal bribery charges. Hayes will, however, hand over the day-to-day responsibilities of the unpaid position to Aubrey Woodard, the 11th District Chair, while he deals with his legal issues. “In …

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Israeli Police Call For Charging Netanyahu With Bribery

Haaretz reports: The police and Israel Securities Authority on Sunday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyau and his wife, Sara, as well as media mogul Shaul Elovitch and his wife, Iris, for bribery and other corruption charges in the investigation dubbed Case 4000. This is the third case in which the police have recommended charging the prime minister with bribery. …

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NEW YORK: Former Senate GOP Leader Found Guilty Of Bribery And Extortion After Retrial Because SCOTUS

The New York Times reports: Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful political figures in New York State, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five months that a major federal case targeting corruption in Albany has ended in a conviction. The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan deliberated …

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Pam Bondi On State TV: Protesters Screamed At Me “An Inch From My Face” But I Will Not Be Bullied [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi was confronted by hecklers at the unlikeliest of places — a Mr. Rogers documentary. It was far from a beautiful day in this neighborhood for Bondi when she went to see the movie and was told in the ticket line that she “was personally ripping babies out of the arms of mothers.” Then, …

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NEW YORK: Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Guilty Of Corruption At Retrial Forced By SCOTUS Ruling

The New York Daily News reports: Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was convicted Friday of corruption charges in his Manhattan Federal Court retrial. The venerable politician’s second trial ended with the jury returning its guilty verdicts on all counts shortly before 5 p.m. in only its second day of deliberations. Silver was originally convicted in November 2015 and sentenced to …

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NEW YORK CITY: Gun Lawyer Convicted Of Bribing Former NYPD Sergeant To Speed Up Firearms Permitting

The New York Daily News reports: A self-described gun lawyer to the stars was convicted Tuesday of bribing an ex-NYPD sergeant to speed up pistol permitting. John Chambers, 63, was found guilty on all four counts following a one-week trial in Manhattan Federal Court. The counts included bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy to commit …

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NEW YORK: Former Top Cuomo Aide Guilty Of Bribery

Bloomberg reports: A former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo was convicted on corruption charges Tuesday at a trial that further exposed the state capital’s culture of backroom deal-making. A federal jury in Manhattan found Joseph Percoco guilty of two counts of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes after deliberating for parts of …

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ISRAEL: Netanyahu To Be Indicted For Bribery

Haaretz reports: Israel Police will recommend indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in two corruption investigations. The two cases are the so-called “Case 1000” – in which Netanyahu is suspected of accepting lavish gifts from wealthy benefactors in return for advancing their interests. The second investigation, “Case 2000”, alleges that Netanyahu tried to strike a deal that would have provided him …

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TEXAS: AG Ken Paxton Faces New Bribery Probe

The Dallas Morning News reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated under bribery and corrupt influence laws for accepting a six-figure gift from an individual who was under investigation by the state for fraud, the district attorney leading the probe confirmed Thursday. In July 2016, Austin-based medical device company Preferred Imaging, LLC agreed to pay a $3.5 million …

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