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April 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The eldest brother of indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) has been charged with giving payoffs to a school board president -- a bribery case unrelated to the one against the congressman. In a federal indictment, Mose Jefferson is accused of giving $140,000 to help secure about $14 million in contracts to bring a computer-based teaching system to Orleans Parish schools. He is charged with bribery, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
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April 7, 2014 | By Shan Li
British drug-maker GlaxoSmithKline said it is launching an investigation into claims of misconduct in Iraq. The announcement comes months after China began looking into allegations of a bribery ring within the company's business in that country. The pharmaceutical giant responded on Sunday after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is investigating claims of bribery in its Middle East operations. A whistle-blower claimed that Glaxo had hired doctors and pharmacists in Iraq to promote its products while they were still on the government payroll.
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SPORTS
February 12, 1999 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cleanup and confession were the dominant Olympic themes emanating from here Thursday as the Salt Lake Organizing Committee named a new president and an American member of the International Olympic Committee admitted giving a job to the son of an IOC member who resigned last month because of the bribery scandal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A veteran Los Angeles building inspector sentenced last month to prison in an FBI corruption case will continue to receive a yearly pension of more than $72,000, according to a high-level retirement official. Samuel In, 66, pleaded guilty last year, admitting as part of a plea agreement that he took more than $30,000 in bribes while working as a senior inspector. He was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison after a federal prosecutor argued against leniency, mentioning his "substantial" pension.
NEWS
April 16, 1993 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the Home Shopping Network, the story lines are as thin as an overworked credit card. About the only drama unfolding amid the endless parade of cut-rate merchandise offered to cable television viewers is whether perky hostess Erin Morrissey's enthusiasm will give out before the supply of pink cubic zirconia bracelets at $29.75 each. But from behind the scenes of the $1-billion-a-year merchant-of-the-air have come details of a continuing drama that sounds improbable even by TV movie standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 1999
The front-page headline reads, "Senate Votes Kill Campaign Finance Reform for Year." The Column One headline reads, "Greasy Palms Are Rampant in Russia" (Oct. 20). In the "Greasy Palms" column, writer Richard C. Paddock states, "It [bribery] is an example of market forces working in a country where the government doesn't." Bribery does work in the U.S. too, especially in the funding of political campaigns; but government for the people suffers. MARION WHITE VASSILAKOS San Bernardino When I was a journalist in Soviet Russia a decade ago, the expose of the day was on Moscow's "black marketeer," a disparaging term that has since evolved into the more palatable "entrepreneur" as Western ideologies make their mark.
BUSINESS
April 8, 2011 | Reuters
WASHINGTON - Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $70 million to settle U.S. charges that it paid bribes and kickbacks to win business overseas, the first major pharmaceutical company to settle since the Obama administration began its scrutiny of the industry more than a year ago. Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay a $21.4 million fine to settle criminal charges and pay more than $48.6 million in disgorgement and interest to settle charges by the...
NEWS
April 3, 2012 | By Morgan Little
The going rate for a vote in Wisconsin, if you believe the state's Democratic Party, is as low as a submarine sandwich. After Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul D. Ryan joined together to serve up free sandwiches at Cousins Subs in Waukesha, the Democratic Party sent out a press release contending that by serving up the free food, the campaign had violated Wisconsin law. Under the category of “Election bribery” in the state's law...
SPORTS
July 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone was indicted by German prosecutors on bribery charges, raising questions about his continued leadership of the international racing series, according to media reports Wednesday. The indictment was not unexpected. For months there have been reports that German authorities were investigating Ecclestone for alleged bribery in the case. The probe was in connection with $44 million Ecclestone paid in 2006-07 to a banker who was helping with the sale of an ownership stake in Formula One. The banker later was sentenced to prison in connection with the events.
WORLD
August 20, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - British prosecutors on Tuesday charged four journalists from the Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers and five public officials with bribery offenses, in the latest legal action stemming from an ongoing investigation into media misconduct. The Crown Prosecution Service  said the Sun's former managing editor, Graham Dudman, and two journalists, John Troup and Vince Soodin, were accused of making thousands of dollars' worth of illegal payments to public officials in return for sensitive information.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
A retired Los Angeles building inspector was sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in prison resulting from a federal probe into bribe-taking at the Department of Building and Safety. U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson also ordered Samuel In, a 37-year city employee who retired in 2011, to pay $30,000 to the city. In, who pleaded guilty to felony bribery last year, is one of five former Building and Safety employees to face either criminal charges or dismissal as a result of the bribery probe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2014 | By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - For a while it looked like the state Legislature was shedding its reputation as a political punching bag, its ratings in public opinion polls climbing out of the cellar as the budget crisis eased and the economy began to recover. Then federal authorities announced criminal charges against state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon (D-Montebello) and his brother Tom Calderon, a former lawmaker, on Friday. The senator is accused of fraud, money laundering and taking nearly $100,000 in bribes in return for pushing to expand tax credits for the film industry and opposing certain workers' compensation legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles on Friday painted a picture of government for sale as he announced that state Sen. Ron Calderon had been indicted on suspicion of taking roughly $100,000 in bribes, meals and trips in exchange for favorable legislation. Calderon, a Montebello Democrat, who faces up to 395 years in prison, allegedly took kickbacks from former Long Beach hospital operator Michael Drobot, who perpetrated one of the largest healthcare fraud schemes in California history, U.S. Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A former civilian supervisor on construction projects at Camp Pendleton pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery scheme to extort money from contractors doing work on the sprawling base. Natividad Lara Cervantes, 65, pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy to bribe public officials. Cervantes was arrested last year in an FBI sting after accepting $10,000 as a down payment on a $40,000 bribe in exchange for helping a contractor receive a $4-million flooring contract at the base, according to court documents.
SPORTS
January 16, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone will keep running the day-to-day affairs of the international motor racing series despite going on trial in Germany on  bribery charges. But the 83-year-old billionaire -- known in Formula One circles as "Supremo" -- did step down Thursday as a board member of the sport's holding company. That meant Ecclestone ceded all decision-making powers to Formula One's management board pending the outcome of the trial, the Wall Street Journal reported.
BUSINESS
January 9, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Global aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. will pay $384 million to settle charges that its subsidiaries paid bribes to government officials in Bahrain to maintain a source of business, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. Federal regulators charged Alcoa with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after an SEC investigation found that Alcoa paid more than $110 million to Bahraini government officials to help strike a deal with state-run Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C., one of the largest aluminum smelters in the world.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -   Bo Xilai, the charismatic former  Chinese Communist Party  boss of Chongqing who was purged last year and whose wife was convicted of poisoning a British business associate, has been charged with bribery, corruption and abuse of power, authorities said Thursday. The announcement by Jinan City People's Procuratorate in Shandong province, reported by the state-run New China News Agency, did not say when Bo would go on trial, but close followers of the case expect the proceedings to begin within a week or two. Bo was fired from his post as Communist Party secretary in Chongqing in March 2012 and was stripped of his position as one of the 25 members of the Politburo.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it's a stickler for integrity, issuing a lengthy response to a New York Times article accusing the massive retailer of shutting down an investigation into alleged bribery in its Mexico operations. “In a large global enterprise such as Walmart, sometimes issues arise despite our best efforts and intentions,” the company said in a statement . The “issues” in question: The chain's possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act stemming from what one informant claimed was rampant bribery from Wal-Mart executives attempting to boost the company's growth in Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A senior Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent will plead guilty in a bribery scandal involving lucrative contracts to service ships in the Asia-Pacific region, his attorney said Thursday. Attorney Jan Ronis told reporters that John Bertrand Beliveau II, 44, will plead guilty next week in federal court. Beliveau is charged with leaking confidential documents to Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based businessman, about an investigation involving Francis that began in 2010, and then tutoring him on how to avoid giving incriminating statements.
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