February 20, 2013 |
Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin, whose lambasting of the federal government's response after Hurricane Katrina helped make him the face of his city's post-disaster tenacity, pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday to bribery, money laundering and related charges. The case stems from a corruption investigation during Nagin's two terms in office, which spanned 2002 to 2010. A 21-count indictment handed down in January alleges that Nagin, 56, accepted cash and gifts - including trips to Hawaii, Jamaica and New York - as kickbacks in deals he cut with contractors.
March 5, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan tribunal handed down the first jail sentences Tuesday in the colossal Kabul Bank corruption case, sentencing the two former top executives to five-year sentences and ordering them to repay hundreds of millions of dollars in embezzled funds. The convictions of former bank Chairman Sherkhan Farnood and former Chief Executive Officer Khalilullah Ferozi were the first to stem from the conspiracy by politically connected Afghans to loot the country's biggest bank, whose collapse in 2010 nearly brought down the war-beaten economy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2011 |
Last summer, 17-year-old Rebecca Sanchez's world shrank to the size of her camera's viewfinder. For several months, Sanchez and three other Bell High School students immersed themselves in the city's corruption case. They spent hours after school with their cameras, documenting demonstrations and long, rowdy meetings triggered by the pay scandal that led to criminal charges against eight former officials in the working-class town in southeast Los Angeles County. Last week, the four students were honored for their work by the newly installed City Council.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 |
Five former political leaders in the scandal-plagued city of Bell have agreed to plead no contest to corruption charges and could be sentenced to up to four years in prison for their role in looting the treasury of one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities. Had the former council members refused to take the offer, they could have been sentenced to twice as many years behind bars. The ex-council members are accused of drawing extraordinary salaries by serving on boards and commissions that seldom, if ever, met. By the time they were removed from office in 2010, they were making up to $100,000 a year for their part-time work.
October 22, 2011 |
The long-running political corruption probe that saw 11 lawmakers, lobbyists and government staffers convicted in Alaska wound up this week, along with its stories of drunken hotel meetings, sleazy bribery come-ons, and sex-for-drug deals with underage girls. For the first time in years, Alaskans will wake up with no tawdry political drama to relish on the front page. One person who will be happy to see the end of it is Bruce Weyhrauch, a Juneau attorney and former member of the state House of Representatives who spent four years fighting extortion and bribery charges - only to see the legal footings of the case against him turn to quicksand and evaporate, without much fanfare, into a minor misdemeanor charge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 |
A former Cudahy councilman agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to bribery and extortion, the third city official to admit guilt in a wide-ranging federal probe into corruption in the southeast Los Angeles County town. Osvaldo Conde, who was arrested last month after a five-hour standoff with FBI agents, admitted that he solicited and accepted bribes totaling $17,000 from the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary who wanted to open shop in the city. Former Mayor David Silva and Angel Perales, who served as interim city manager of the small, working-class city, had already made deals to plead guilty to extortion and bribery in a case that exposed graft, vote rigging and drug use at Cudahy City Hall.