Tag: Bribery and Kickbacks

Bribes and Big-Time Sports: U.S.C. Finds Itself, Once Again, Facing Scandal

LOS ANGELES — On the palm-tree-lined campus of the University of Southern California this week, a tour guide proudly pointed out to prospective students the university’s six Heisman football trophies and award-winning faculty, testaments to the stellar reputation the school has fought hard to build. What the guide didn’t mention was that U.S.C. had emerged […]

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The College Bribery Scandal and the Uberization of Graft

“There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy,” said Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announcing charges in a sprawling scheme in which dozens of rich parents are accused of bribing their kids’ way into prestigious American colleges. “And I’ll add there […]

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Fallout From College Admissions Scandal: Arrests, Damage Control and a Scramble for Answers

BOSTON — The morning after 50 people were charged in a sweeping college admissions fraud investigation, the fallout was just beginning. Colleges where coaches were accused of taking bribes were reeling. Wealthy and well-known parents charged in the case were preparing to surrender to authorities or were free on bail. […]

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Loose Ends: How to Save for College Bribery

Get Started A 529 savings plan offers a tax-sheltered investment vehicle with compound interest to help offset the cost of higher education. But that’s just an excuse for timid parents lacking the guts to navigate the lawless wasteland of the college application process. Are you and your spouse rule-followers or […]

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Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List

In what the Justice Department called its largest ever college admissions prosecution, federal authorities charged 50 people on Tuesday with taking part in a nationwide scheme to game the admissions process at highly competitive schools like Yale and the University of Southern California. [Read more on the Justice Department’s largest […]

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Former Nassau County Leader Found Guilty of Corruption Charges

A “job” as a food taster as a restaurant that paid $100,000 a year. The gift of a $7,000 watch. Free meals and subsidized tropical vacations. Thousands of dollars worth of limousine rides. The fall of one of the latest elected officials in Nassau County’s legendary postwar suburban political machine […]

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Trudeau’s Ex-Attorney General: ‘Veiled Threats’ Were Made to Drop Case

OTTAWA — Breaking weeks of silence, the former cabinet minister now at the center of a growing political crisis in Canada testified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, members of his staff and senior officials used “political interference” and “veiled threats” in a campaign to get her to drop a criminal […]

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Jeff Bezos Isn’t Afraid of Total Exposure

I cannot quite believe I am writing about Jeff Bezos’ sex life for the second time in two weeks, let alone about his penis. But Mr. Bezos brought all of himself back into the news on Thursday by writing a blockbuster post on Medium accusing American Media, which owns The […]

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Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of ‘Extortion and Blackmail’

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigation into how his private text messages and photos with his mistress were leaked to the tabloid. In an extraordinarily personal online post, Mr. Bezos said […]

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Bribes Like ‘Monopoly Money’ Were Given to South Africa’s Leaders, Panel Hears

Cash bribes were called “monopoly money,” and handed out to high-ranking members of South Africa’s governing party on monthly retainers. When that payoff wasn’t enough, $22,000 was stuffed into a Louis Vuitton handbag and delivered to a close ally of the president at the time. That sent the recipient “over […]

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N.Y. Police Official Who Took Las Vegas Trip and Gifts Is Not Guilty on Bribery Charges

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A police commander was found not guilty of federal bribery charges on Wednesday after a seven-week trial in which prosecutors contended he had done favors for two businessmen in return for lavish gifts, including […]

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A Chinese Tycoon Sought Power and Influence. Washington Responded.

He struck billions of dollars’ worth of deals in Russia, Eastern Europe and Africa. He sought business with war-torn places like Chad and with international pariahs like North Korea. Ye Jianming, a fast-rising Chinese oil tycoon, ventured to places only the most politically connected Chinese companies dared to go. But […]

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Mastermind of Cuomo’s Economic Development Efforts Is Sentenced to Prison

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Alain E. Kaloyeros, the central architect of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s largest economic development efforts, was sentenced on Tuesday to three and a half years in prison for his role in a bid-rigging scandal […]

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Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] More than 18 months ago, the Manhattan district attorney’s office opened yet another investigation into fraud in the city’s $62 billion construction industry, this one involving Bloomberg L.P., the financial information and media company […]

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News Analysis: Netanyahu’s Obsession With Image Could Be His Downfall

JERUSALEM — In a fiery Hanukkah speech to his fellow Likud party stalwarts a year ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Israeli left for the corruption investigations engulfing him, saying that because his opponents couldn’t defeat him at the ballot box, “they tried to beat us with slander.” On […]

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The Corruption Cases Against Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — For the third time this year, the Israeli police have recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be charged with taking bribes, fraud and breach of trust, this time accusing him of performing official favors for a telecommunications and media conglomerate in exchange for adoring coverage by its news […]

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Israeli Police Urge Bribery and Fraud Charges Against Netanyahu. Again.

JERUSALEM — The Israeli police recommended on Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery, fraud and other charges, accusing him of trading regulatory favors for fawning news coverage, in what is potentially the most damaging of a series of corruption cases against him. It was the third […]

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Honduran President’s Brother, Arrested in Miami, Is Charged With Drug Trafficking

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — In a blow to President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, American prosecutors on Monday announced drug charges against his younger brother, describing him as a “large-scale drug trafficker” who spent a dozen years moving cocaine shipments bound for the United States through Central America. Juan Antonio Hernández, […]

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Trump Administration Invites Health Care Industry to Help Rewrite Ban on Kickbacks

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has labored zealously to cut federal regulations, but its latest move has still astonished some experts on health care: It has asked for recommendations to relax rules that prohibit kickbacks and other payments intended to influence care for people on Medicare or Medicaid. The goal […]

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What Are Corrupt Politicians Thankful for? Partisan Warfare

Under federal indictment, Republican Representatives Chris Collins of New York and Duncan Hunter of California are both heading back to Congress. Rep. Collins has been charged with insider trading for using his concurrent position as a director of a pharmaceutical company to tip off associates, including his son, about negative […]

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‘Criminals?’ Hardly. That’s Who the Caravan Flees.

As thousands of Honduran migrants seeking asylum in the United States trek northward through Mexico, President Trump has pledged to stop them at the border by militarizing it with armed federal troops, under the guise of protecting Americans from “criminals” and an “invasion.” What he fails to recognize is that […]

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