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If you were a Chinese official, would you be corrupt?

If you were a Chinese official, would you be corrupt? | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

"Want to understand corruption? Get inside the minds of the corrupt. That seems to be the thinking behind a quiz developed by a Chinese scholar and published online by state press.

Professor Di Xiaohua, head of the Crime Prevention and Control Research Institute at Nanjing University, interviewed 47 Chinese prisoners and analyzed the results of 200 surveys to get a better sense of what leads officials astray, reports China Daily. Then, working with local officials, Di developed a 34-part questionnaire designed to test corruptibility. Here are some head-scratchers, translated from the Chinese..."

 

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Corruption is a particularly viral form of cancer. It is caught here and there but it reappears somewhere else as soon as vigilance is relaxed. It is not eliminated, just driven underground. The corrupt merely suspend their operations temporarily. It lingers, hovering always in the background for its next opportunity.
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Corruption Eruption E-Magazine > > > "On Planet Corruption every day a new Eruption"

Corruption Eruption E-Magazine >   >  >            "On Planet Corruption every day a new Eruption" | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

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NIGERIA: NUC Identifies Causes Of Corruption - Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers

NIGERIA: NUC Identifies Causes Of Corruption - Nigerian News from Leadership Newspapers | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
The National Universities Commission(NUC) has identified poor incentives and poverty as some of the root causes of corruption in public institutions.

The executive secretary, NUC, Prof Julius Okojie stated this at the opening ceremony of a one-day seminar on Corruption and its Effects in the University System in Abuja.

The seminar was organised in partnership with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Represented by the deputy executive secretary, Prof. Chiedu Mafiana, Okojie said that corruption undermines democracy and creates instability.

“Corruption entails unethical practices such as stealing, impropriety, lying, indiscipline, lawlessness, among others.

The root causes of corruption are weak government institutions, poor incentives, lack of transparency, absence of key anti-corruption rules, poverty and scramble for resources,’’ he said.

He said that NUC established anti-corruption unit in 2008 and had ensured that all vice-chancellors set up anti-corruption units in their respective institutions.

According to him, the fight against corruption led to the closure of illegal universities and screening of documents to guard against forgery.

“Some of the manifestations of inflation in the university system include inflation of contracts, forgery of certificates.

“A few of our erstwhile colleagues were sent packing for forgery; we have closed lots of illegal universities.

and we inspect and monitor universities to ensure that anti-corruption rules are followed,’’ Okojie said.

Earlier, Mr Nta Ekpo, ICPC Chairman, said that the approaches to combating corruption in the country had not been perfect but was improving.

Ekpo, who was represented the Mr Kwasi Justin, the Head of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, ICPC, expressed optimism that Nigeria would over the challenges of corruption.
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USA: Agencies look to Montana corruption probe as model

USA: Agencies look to Montana corruption probe as model | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
An aggressive anti-corruption campaign in Montana that has targeted the theft of federal funds from American Indian reservations should be replicated elsewhere, senior U.S. officials said Wednesday.

But they said more work needs to be done on the front end, to identify embezzlement, theft and other problems before they spin out of control.

The Montana campaign, known as the Guardians Project, began three years ago. So far. it's netted felony convictions of 35 individuals and companies doing business on five reservations.

Against that backdrop, inspectors general from the Departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, and other agencies gathered with federal prosecutors this week in Great Falls to map out their next steps.

They credited the successes so far in Montana to collaboration between investigators, prosecutors and agencies that distribute millions of dollars annually to tribes.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said similar partnerships could help agencies deal with conflicts along the U.S.-Mexico border and address issues within the Bureau of Prisons health care system, both of which span multiple agencies.

Horowitz said he intended to talk to his staff in field offices across the country and to inspectors general from other agencies to encourage them to look to Montana as a model.
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Illegal and legal corruption in Illinois

Illegal and legal corruption in Illinois | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Corruption in Illinois has been well-documented for decades, perhaps more so in the media than any other state. But how exactly can something intangible like corruption be measured?

The majority of corruption cases in the U.S. originate within state and local government, but adequately measuring corruption is a tricky task, which is evident in a recent study conducted by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

The most commonly used measure of state and local corruption derives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Report to Congress on the Activities and Operations of the Public Integrity Section.” However, the Center for Ethics notes the report’s data is flawed for numerous reasons, particularly because it only takes into account federal conviction rates and not corruption cases prosecuted at the state and local levels. Additionally, measuring corruption based on conviction rates leads to highly variable results for states with smaller populations.

Using an alternative approach, the Center for Ethics surveyed hundreds of journalists who cover state politics to create a perception-based index that measures two forms of corruption: illegal and legal:

As defined by the study’s authors:

Illegal corruption - private gains in the form of cash or gifts by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups. 
Legal corruption - political gains in the form of campaign contributions or endorsements by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups, be it by explicit or implicit understanding (e.g., super PAC donations by unions, corporations and individuals).
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Illinois corruption: Why illegal & legal corruption both matter

Illinois corruption: Why illegal & legal corruption both matter | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Illinois has a notorious reputation for criminal convictions of elected government officials.  But government corruption can be accomplished legally as well as illegally.  They both matter, in turn, for the quality of life for residents and taxpayers.

A recent study published by the Edmond Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University ranked the 50 states on both “legal corruption” and “illegal corruption.”  The authors described the shortfalls in relying exclusively on legal measures like conviction rates, and defined “legal corruption” as “political gains in the form of campaign contributions or endorsements by a government official, in exchange for providing specific benefits to private individuals or groups. …”

After ranking the 50 states on both measures, the study identified seven states that appeared in the list of both “most legally corrupt” states and “most illegally corrupt” states.  The study also identified 7 states ranking among the least corrupt states in both categories
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Robert Davis to be sentenced in Highland Park schools fraud case today

Robert Davis to be sentenced in Highland Park schools fraud case today | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A Detroit-area labor activist known for repeatedly suing Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit officials to stop the use of emergency managers faces sentencing in a federal fraud case.

Robert Davis was accused of misappropriating $200,000 from the financially struggling Highland Park public schools while serving on the school board.

The FBI says Davis used his position as a board member and president to have checks written to companies he controlled in 2007-2010. It says he had money redirected to an organization he controlled and used it for personal expenses.
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Prosecutors: Fraud scheme cost public more than $4 million

Prosecutors: Fraud scheme cost public more than $4 million | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Ramsey County prosecutors have charged four people with running a public benefits fraud scheme that bilked the state and investors out of more than $4 million.

The charges, almost 100 in all, stem from a 27-month investigation into businesses run by a Yasmin Abdulle Ali and her husband Ahmed Aden Mohamed, of Fridley.

With the help of two men who worked with them, Ali and Mohamed illegally collected nearly $3.7 million in state payments for personal care assistance and child care assistance, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court.

Prosecutors say they hid their business profits, most of which came from Ali's Deqo Family Centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and failed to pay more than $200,000 in taxes and fees. Besides state money, authorities say Ali solicited more than $450,000 from investors in Deqo without giving them any real ownership rights in return.

Ali faces more than half of the 96 total charges, according to the complaint. Mohamed ran day-to-day operations at the St. Paul Deqo center.
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Pediatrician jailed for three years for part in $100 million bribery scheme

Pediatrician jailed for three years for part in $100 million bribery scheme | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A pediatrician has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for allegedly taking bribes as part of a massive kickbacksc scheme.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman's office says Demetrios Gabriel, 47, of Brooklyn, accepted bribes in exchange for test referrals as part of a long-running scheme operated by Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services of Parsippany.

Gabriel previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to one count of accepting bribes.

According to Fishman's office, 33 people in all have pleaded guilty in connection with the bribery scheme. Of those, 22 are physicians.

The scheme's organizers "have admitted (it) involved millions of dollars in bribes and resulted in more than $100 million in payments to BLS from Medicare and various private insurance companies," the office said.

Gabriel has admitted he accepted bribes in return for referring patient blood specimens to BLS and was paid more than $4,500 per month, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

He received a flat fee of $3,000 per month, plus additional cash based on the number of patient blood samples his pediatric practice referred to BLS each mont, it said. He also received $1,500 per month through credit card payments to a restaurant he owns, it said.

Chesler also sentenced Gabriel to one year of supervised release and fined him $75,000.
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CHINA: Avon Products Settles Bribery Charges for $135M

The world's largest direct seller of cosmetics, Avon Products Inc., will pay $135 million to settle criminal and civil charges after its China unit pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials there.

Avon China entered the plea in federal court in Manhattan, admitting it disguised $8 million in gifts its employees gave to Chinese government officials from at least 2004 through late 2008 to gain access to officials who oversaw direct selling regulations. It admitted concealing and disguising cash, non-business meals, travel and entertainment it provided to obtain business benefits.

Avon, headquartered in Manhattan, agreed to pay $68 million in criminal penalties and nearly an equal amount in disgorgement and prejudgment interest to settle a civil case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

China had outlawed direct selling in 1998 but agreed to lift the ban in 2001.

The SEC said Avon received the first direct selling business license in China in March 2006 as it showered officials with gifts including Louis Vuitton merchandise, Gucci bags, Tiffany pens and corporate box tickets to the China Open tennis tournament.
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CHINA: Top anti-graft body opens special website for tipoffs during festival

CHINA:  Top anti-graft body opens special website for tipoffs during festival | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
China's top corruption eradication authority opened a new channel on its official website on Wednesday night for tipoffs related to lavish behavior at year end.

The Communist Party of China's (CPC) Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said the initiative would put the central authority's frugal policies into practice and curb bad practices such as using public funds for gifts, during the New Year festivities and the traditional Spring Festival.

The CCDI's website will name and shame all cases involving disciplinary violations on a weekly basis starting from Dec. 29. It also has a forum open to opinions and suggestions from the public on the counter-corruption drive.

Among a series of policies that advocate thrifty life- and workstyles among Party members and government agencies, the championing of intensified supervision aims to ensure the policies are implemented correctly.
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The Coin of the Realm: How Inside Traders Are Rigging America

The Coin of the Realm: How Inside Traders Are Rigging America | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A few years ago, hedge fund Level Global Investors made $54 million selling Dell Computer stock based on insider information from a Dell employee. When charged with illegal insider trading, Global Investors' co-founder Anthony Chiasson claimed he didn't know where the tip came from.

Chiasson argued that few traders on Wall Street ever know where the inside tips they use come from because confidential information is, in his words, the "coin of the realm in securities markets."

Last week the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which oversees federal prosecutions of Wall Street, agreed. It overturned Chiasson's conviction, citing lack of evidence Chiasson received the tip directly, or knew insiders were leaking confidential information in exchange for some personal benefit.

The Securities and Exchange Act of 1934 banned insider trading but left it up to the Securities and Exchange Commission and the courts to define it. Which they have - in recent decades so broadly that confidential information is indeed the coin of the realm.

If a CEO tells his golf buddy that his company is being taken over, and his buddy makes a killing on that information, no problem. If his buddy leaks the information to a hedge-fund manager like Chiasson, and doesn't tell Chiasson where it comes from, Chiasson can also use the information to make a bundle.

Major players on Wall Street have been making tons of money not because they're particularly clever but because they happen to be in the realm where a lot of coins come their way.

Last year, the top twenty-five hedge fund managers took home, on average, almost one billion dollars each. Even run-of-the-mill portfolio managers at large hedge funds averaged $2.2 million each.
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Menendez Helped Get Visa for Fugitive's Daughter

Menendez Helped Get Visa for Fugitive's Daughter | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez interceded on behalf of an Ecuadorian woman who was banned from traveling to the U.S. because of allegations she had engaged in visa fraud.
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Scots firm fined £170,000 for bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan

Scots firm fined £170,000 for bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A Scots firm has been fined £170,000 after admitting bribery and corruption in Kazakhstan.

International Tubular Services (ITS) admitted benefiting from corrupt payments made by a former Kazakhstan-based employee.

The payments were made to secure work from a customer in the Central Asian republic.

The corruption was only discovered when ITS, which rented drilling and pressure control equipment to oil companies, was bought over by Parker Drilling Company.

ITS, based in Aberdeen, reported itself to the Crown Office in November 2013, which led to the funds being claimed by the Civil Recovery Unit under proceeds of crime legislation.

Linda Hamilton, head of Civil Recovery Unit, said: “Bribery and corruption undermines legitimate businesses and can harm economic development, and we are committed to tackling it wherever it is found.

“In appropriate circumstances, the self-reporting initiative allows for companies to accept their involvement in corrupt practices, put in place effective systems to prevent it from recurring, and repay the illegitimate profits.
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Bhutan's king issues corruption warning

Bhutan's king issues corruption warning | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
The king of Bhutan on Thursday (Dec 18) urged his people to be on their guard against corruption as their once isolated Himalayan nation grows more prosperous.

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck said corruption - a scourge of Bhutan's wealthier neighbours India and China - was the greatest potential threat to his country's development. "The highest probable risk to development that I foresee is corruption," he said in a national day speech. "Our national development efforts will be hindered by unchecked corruption."

Bhutan is the only country in the world to pursue "Gross National Happiness", a development model that measures the mental as well as material well-being of citizens. The king said that while it was good for the country to have ambitions of greater wealth, "we must also realise that increased workload compounds associated risks".
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China Police Chief Who Released Drunk Son Charged With Corruption

China Police Chief Who Released Drunk Son Charged With Corruption | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
The former police chief of a major city in northern China has been charged with corruption, state media said on Thursday, after he was sacked for allowing his drunk son to be set free, despite having attacked a policeman.

Li Yali was the top police officer in Taiyuan, which lies about 500 km (300 miles) southwest of Beijing, until last year, when footage of his son's drunken violence went viral on the Internet.

His son, Li Zhengyuan, was stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence in October 2012 and was found to be drunk at the wheel. He attacked one of the police officers, who then walked him home instead of arresting him, state media said.

A Communist Party investigation found that Li Yali had abused his power while handling his son's case, and he has now been arrested and charged with accepting bribes, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
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NIGERIA: Confronting centuries of corruption

NIGERIA:  Confronting centuries of corruption | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
If history is any guide, confronting corruption rooted in centuries of development does not happen overnight. It is a slow and fragile process, requiring concerted efforts steered by a committed leadership. Of late, Nigeria faces a bitter battle against a growing insurgency, yet the nation—under the astute governance of the current administration— has come a long way in moving forward.

Policies emplaced and measures continually underway reflect the president’s steadfast commitment to establishing transparency and credibility across all government institutions. He has uncovered and seized fraudulent money from corrupt officials, dismissed judges for abusing their powers, led Nigeria as one of the first signatories to an anti-money laundering act, passed legislation to permit open scrutiny of government businesses, and established partnerships to ensure credibility in the country’s electoral process. 

The groundwork in place to confront corruption has enabled the government’s success in responding to domestic threats. As the Ebola outbreak rampaged the country’s major cities, President Jonathan partnered with state governments and international NGOs to provide medical aid and develop innovative approaches to treat Ebola victims, successfully containing the virus in-country while deploying Nigerian volunteers to lead efforts abroad. His Victims Support Fund provides relief for those impacted by Boko Haram violence and his Safe Schools Initiative, and subsequent construction of hundreds of schools, serves to protect Nigeria’s academic system and ensure children’s right to education, most among Nigeria’s northeastern region where school enrollment lags behind other areas.

Yet despite this remarkable progress, Nigeria faces the constant peril of an escalating terror threat. Centuries of civil unrest fueled the evolvement of Boko Haram, the terrorist organization that has claimed thousands of innocent lives over the past four years. Since 2013, the president has instituted a state of emergency in three Nigerian northeastern states facing the worst of Boko Haram’s threat. He has established anti-terror measures to better equip and effectively train the military. And he has engaged in active negotiations to secure the release of the Chibok girls—all the while protecting the country from the very terrorists ravaging its soil.
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ARGENTINA: ‘Private corruption affects the country’s development’

ARGENTINA: ‘Private corruption affects the country’s development’ | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said that the recent Christmas message by the Argentine Episcopal Conference that warned about “corruption and lack of exemplariness” referred to private corruption and not to the government as media outlets suggested.
“Media outlets attempt to foist the responsibility on the government but they are trying to evade their own responsibility,” the chief of ministers said in his daily press conference at the government house. “Private corruption affects the country’s development and exemplariness,” he said in a clear reference to CEA’s statement.
The official pointed out that “tax evasion affects ethics and it prevents (the government) from guaranteeing social inclusion strategies.” Capitanich highlighted the liability of private companies and businessmen that are behind “crimes punishable by law” and he said that they are part of a “moral crisis.”
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Seven indicted for fraud involving Shaker Hts surgical center

Seven indicted for fraud involving Shaker Hts surgical center | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A five-count indictment was filed charging seven people and a Florida company for their roles in a multi-million dollar health-care fraud conspiracy involving an experimental form of chiropractic manipulation, law enforcement officials said.

Indicted are: Physicians Surgical Group (PSG), a medical billing company headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.; Christopher Liva, 36, Edward Liva, 64, Carolyn Via, 51, all of Boca Raton, FL; Mark Fritz, age unknown, of Coral Springs, FL.; John Nickels, 60, Highland Heights; John Fortuna, 41, of Avon, and Antony Simone, 40, of Cleveland.

The Livas, Fritz, Nickels, Fortuna, Simone and the company are charged with one count each of conspiracy, wire fraud and health care fraud.

Those six people are also charged with one count of money laundering. Ed Liva, Chris Liva and Via face an additional count of money laundering.

PSG was owned by Christopher Liva, Edward Liva and Carolyn Via. Those three people, along with four others not named in the indictment, also owned Shaker Heights Surgical Center, located at 3235 Lee Road.
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Arlington Doctor Gets 10 Years Jail For Fraud

Arlington Doctor Gets 10 Years Jail For Fraud | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
A North Texas physician has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a $3 million Medicare billing scam.
Dr. Joseph Megwa of Arlington was sentenced Wednesday in Dallas. The 60-year-old doctor in May was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and three counts of health care fraud.
Megwa was also convicted of four counts of making false statements over Medicare claims in cases since 2006.
Prosecutors say the government was billed for medical services not needed or never provided.
A home health care manager and registered nurse, Ebolose Eghobor of Grand Prairie, was convicted of conspiracy to commit health care fraud in the case. The 49-year-old nurse was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.
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Medicare fraud scheme mastermind, doctor plead guilty

Medicare fraud scheme mastermind, doctor plead guilty | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The organizer of a $56 million Medicare fraud conspiracy and a doctor have entered guilty pleas to health care fraud charges in federal court in New Orleans.
The U.S. Department of Justice says 51-year-old Mark Morad, of Slidell, and 53-year-old Dr. Divini Luccioni, of Kenner, each pleaded guilty Wednesday before Chief U.S. District Judge Sarah S. Vance.
Morad and Luccioni pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. Morad also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to falsify records in a federal investigation.

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U.K. Government Report Sets Out 60-Point Plan to Tackle Bribery

A specialist unit to tackle bribery is one of 60 initiatives the government will announce today, in a long-awaited report designed to improve anti-corruption measures in the U.K.

The study, originally intended to be published mid year, will recommend the U.K. National Crime Agency creates the unit, while the Home Office will consult on how to better protect police whistle-blowers, according to Daniel Lyons, a government spokesman.

The report was initiated in light of government concerns over damage to Britain’s reputation after scandals threatened London’s image as a world financial center. The U.K. Serious Fraud Office is investigating cases including the rigging of foreign-exchange rates and interest-rate benchmarks. No companies have been prosecuted under the new U.K. Bribery Act, which came into force in 2011 to help prosecutors tackle corruption.

“All the studies show that corruption is a grave threat to our economic prosperity and national security,” Matthew Hancock, the U.K. business minister, said. “As host to one of the world’s largest financial centers, the U.K. has a moral duty and global responsibility to ensure that corrupt officials and organized criminals do not abuse our systems.”

Other initiatives in the plan include a national risk assessment on money laundering and terrorist financing to be carried out by the Treasury and Home Office. The Department for International Development will create a team to help with legal assistance and asset recovery from other countries.
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CHINA: Military newspaper vows no sanctuary for corruption

CHINA: Military newspaper vows no sanctuary for corruption | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
The PLA Daily, flagship newspaper of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), vowed there will be no privilege or sanctuary of impunity for anyone in the country's battle against corruption.

A commentary in the Wednesday edition of the newspaper under the byline of Wu Zhenghua rejected myths regarding the country's anti-corruption drive, such as concerns that continuing the campaign may destabilize people's morale and public trust, as well as doubts about whether the campaign will continue.

"The battle against corruption has entered a crucial tug-of-war stage," the article said, adding that the anti-graft campaign is in line with the people's expectations and that, as the campaign deepens, the Communist Party of China (CPC) and political environment in China will become even healthier.

"Thorough anti-corruption efforts will only boost the morale among the Party, the military and the public, not undermine it," it said.

The article also noted that the situation facing the anti-decadence movement is still grave and complicated and will inevitably meet some kind of resistance.

"However, there will be no special area or sanctuary in the battle."

"The anti-corruption campaign has already touched senior 'tigers' like Zhou Yongkang and Xu Caihou, and who will be left untouchable?" it said.

Moreover, it stressed that combatting corruption in the military is meant not only to punish a handful of corrupt officials but to ensure the fighting capacity and uncorroded nature of the country's army.

It also blamed corruption as a hindrance holding back the country's national defense and military reforms.
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Avon China Pleads Guilty to Violating the FCPA by Concealing More Than $8 Million in Gifts to Chinese Officials

Avon China Pleads Guilty to Violating the FCPA by Concealing More Than $8 Million in Gifts to Chinese Officials | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Avon Products (China) Co. Ltd. (Avon China), a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York-based cosmetics company, Avon Products Inc. (Avon), pleaded guilty today to conspiring to violate the accounting provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to conceal more than $8 million in gifts, cash and non-business meals, travel and entertainment it gave to Chinese government officials in order to obtain and retain business benefits for Avon China.  Avon China and Avon admitted the improper accounting and payments and Avon entered into a deferred prosecution agreement to resolve the investigation.  In a proceeding today before United States District Judge George B. Daniels, the criminal Informations were filed against Avon and Avon China, and Avon China entered its guilty plea and was sentenced.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew G. McCabe of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.   

“Companies that cook their books to hide improper payments will face criminal penalties, as Avon China's guilty plea demonstrates,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell.  “Public companies that discover bribes paid to foreign officials, fail to stop them, and cover them up do so at their own peril.”

“For years in China it was ‘Avon calling,’ as Avon bestowed millions of dollars in gifts and other things on Chinese government officials in return for business benefits,” said U.S. Attorney Bharara.  “Avon China was in the door-to-door influence-peddling business, and for years its corporate parent, rather than putting an end to the practice, conspired to cover it up.  Avon has now agreed to adopt rigorous internal controls and to the appointment of a monitor to ensure that reforms are instituted and maintained.”

“When corporations knowingly engage in bribery in order to obtain and retain contracts, it disrupts the level playing field to which all businesses are entitled,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge McCabe.  “Companies who attempt to advance their businesses through foreign bribery should be on notice.  The FBI, with our law enforcement partners, is continuing to push this unacceptable practice out of the business playbook by investigating companies who ignore the law.”

Avon China pleaded guilty to a criminal information filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York charging the company with conspiring to violate the books and records provisions of the FCPA.  Avon, the parent company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement today and admitted its criminal conduct, including its role in the conspiracy and its failure to implement internal controls.  Pursuant to the deferred prosecution agreement, the department filed a criminal information charging Avon with conspiring to violate the books and records provisions of the FCPA and violating the internal controls provisions of the FCPA.  In total, the Avon entities will pay $67,648,000 in criminal penalties.  Avon also agreed to implement rigorous internal controls, cooperate fully with the department and retain a compliance monitor for at least 18 months. 
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Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor

Report: Clinton State Dept Pulled Strings for Menendez in Pay-to-Play Deal with Dem Donor | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) supported a visa waiver for the daughter of a fugitive Ecuadorian banker in exchange for si
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USA: SEC Charges Avon With FCPA Violations - Corruption

USA: SEC Charges Avon With FCPA Violations - Corruption | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged global beauty products company Avon Products Inc. with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by failing to put controls in place to detect and prevent payments and gifts to Chinese government officials from employees and consultants at a subsidiary.


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EGYPT: 100,000 cases of administrative and financial corruption: Administrative Prosecution Authority

EGYPT: 100,000 cases of administrative and financial corruption: Administrative Prosecution Authority | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
The Administrative Prosecution Authority (APA) announced there were 100,000 cases of financial and administrative corruption in government bodies between January and November 2014, according to APA spokesman Abdel Nasser Khattab on Tuesday.

The prosecution also demanded a new law to expand the administrative prosecution’s power over all administrative public entities and services. The new law would remain in effect as long as they are under Central Auditing Organization (CAO)’s supervision, according to Khattab’s statement.

Khattab added that the prosecution’s role is not only to carry out investigations of administrative and financial violations, but also to find out the flaws causing them. It will also provide legal and viable solutions to these flaws.

APA Vice President, Judge Abdel Ghafar Soliman, told Daily News Egypt that some public entities refuse to be under the Prosecution’s jurisdiction. He said: “There are two factors defining the jurisdiction of administrative prosecution: public sector and public money.”

Soliman said some public business sector companies conditioned investigations of their staff by administrative prosecution to the approval of the company’s CEO.

Under Law 203/1991, the APA has to apprise the minister or official under investigation of his or her authority before investigating. This is unless the investigation is upon the request of the minister or official.

As an example of the APA’s work, Soliman said the prosecution cannot investigate any university staff without the approval of a university president. In October, the APA could not refer four university professors working for the National Center for Educational Research and Development accused of administrative and financial violations. This was due to their not being under the prosecution’s jurisdiction.
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