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UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019

Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial can detail alleged affairs

Jurors can hear evidence of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs when they consider charges the California Republican looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

Walmart to pay $282M over Brazil corruption

Walmart agreed Thursday to pay $282 million to settle civil and criminal allegations of overseas corruption, including payment of more than $500,000 to an intermediary known as a “sorceress” for …


UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019

Indicted congressman’s wife pleads guilty to corruption

The wife of U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty Thursday to a single corruption count and agreed to testify against her husband at his trial on charges the couple spent …


Report: 6 men’s basketball programs to face NCAA allegations

A key NCAA official says six schools are going to be facing allegations of Level I violations as early as next month, the next turn of the screw in the …


UPDATED: Sat., March 30, 2019

Vahe Gregorian: State of the game: Ratings surge even as scandal lingers over NCAA Tournament

Strange but true: It’s been nearly 20 years since the 2000 publication of “Sole Influence” by Dan Wetzel and Don Yeager, whose book uncovered the shameful dynamics infusing the relationship …


Israel AG recommends indicting Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust

Israel’s attorney general on Thursday recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with bribery and breach of trust in a series of corruption cases, a momentous move that shook up Israel’s …


Guatemala pulls out of UN corruption body, expels members

Guatemala is pulling out of a United Nations-sponsored anti-corruption commission after more than a year of tension between the government and the group, which has investigated top government officials and …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

Gonzaga coach Mark Few clarifies his national champions ‘who do it right’ postgame comment

Gonzaga coach Mark Few stands by his comments Sunday that he’s disappointed the NCAA hasn’t moved faster with its investigation into college basketball corruption. But the Zags coach was adamant …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018

Former UW Husky Markelle Fultz named in NCAA corruption trial

Markelle Fultz is alleged to have received a $30,000 payment in NCAA corruption trial.


100 years ago in Spokane: Bootlegger accuses police officer of taking a bribe

An expose of a bootlegging scheme resulted in the arrest of a prominent local barber and the suspension of Spokane police officer.


Arkansas governor’s nephew to quit state Senate amid charges

A nephew of Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Friday announced he would resign from the state Senate after being charged with spending thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

U.S. Rep Duncan Hunter, wife indicted on corruption charges

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were charged Tuesday with using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to finance family trips to Italy and Hawaii, golf outings, school tuition, …


Ex-Argentina VP Boudou sentenced to prison for corruption

A court in Argentina has sentenced former Vice President Amado Boudou to five years and 10 months in prison for bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office.


Former New York Assembly Speaker gets 7 years in prison

Sheldon Silver, the former New York Assembly speaker who brokered legislative deals for two decades before corruption charges abruptly ended his career, was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.


Pakistani court sentences ex-PM Sharif to 10 years in prison

A Pakistani anti-graft tribunal on Friday announced a much-awaited ruling in a corruption case against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sentencing him to 10 years in prison over purchases of …


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018

Panasonic to pay $280M to settle federal corruption probe

Panasonic Corp. will pay about $280 million to resolve federal charges that executives at its in-flight entertainment unit improperly hid payments to consultants overseas in violation of anti-corruption rules, officials …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018

Peru takes ex-president’s passport amid corruption probe

A Peruvian judge on Saturday barred recently resigned President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski from leaving the South American nation for 18 months while he is investigated for possible money laundering.


Greg Cote: NCAA needs March Madness to help us forget taint of corruption for awhile

Save the season, March Madness. Fill our minds with basketball and brackets and Cinderellas. Spare us from the scudding cloud of FBI investigations and corruption and scandal for a few …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

College basketball corruption case won’t prevent the calls on Selection Sunday

Many named or connected to the probe will hear their teams called when the March Madness field of 68 is unveiled.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018

College basketball darkened again by new allegations

The first blow to college basketball came in September, when a federal investigation revealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits.


State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

’A nightmare’: Banker tells tale of Latvian corruption

Latvia’s top banking official explained the “rules of the game” for successful banking in the small European country. His sidekick sat the owner of Norvik bank down, scribbling the sum …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 13, 2018

Reports: Police recommend indictments of Netanyahu

Israeli police on Tuesday recommended that Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in a pair of corruption cases, dealing an embarrassing blow to the embattled …


Navalny accuses top Russian official of ties to billionaire

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny published an investigation Thursday alleging that a Russian Cabinet member received lavish hospitality from billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a tycoon who has been linked to U.S. …


Prosecutors say they will retry New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez

Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him.


New Puerto Rico law targets graft, shields whistleblowers

Puerto Rico’s governor has signed a new law aimed at fighting corruption in the U.S. territory amid a deep economic crisis.


Peru’s president makes forceful plea against impeachment

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski made a forceful plea to lawmakers Thursday, insisting he had no involvement in payments by Brazilian construction company Odebrecht to his private consulting firm and …


Thousands protest against Netanyahu, corruption in Tel Aviv

Thousands of Israelis have poured into the streets of Tel Aviv for an anti-corruption rally calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign.


Venezuela arrests top oil officials in corruption probe

Venezuelan authorities on Thursday arrested two former top officials in a widening corruption probe into the state-run oil industry that some see as an attempt by President Nicolas Maduro to …


Indonesia graft suspect detained after doctors clear health

Indonesia’s anti-graft commission has arrested the speaker of the country’s Parliament who for weeks evaded questioning over his alleged role in the theft of $170 million of public money.