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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.
- Gerald E. Caiden
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Top Philippine court deals blow to president, throws out fund | Reuters

Top Philippine court deals blow to president, throws out fund | Reuters | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The Philippine Supreme Court threw out as unconstitutional a fund overseen by President Benigno Aquino to stimulate the economy, dealing a setback to his bid to portray himself as a champion of the fight against corruption.

In 2011, Aquino introduced his Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), devised as a means to boost government spending. His critics derided it as a tool to control Congress by buying the loyalty of its members.

Three senators are on trial on charges of misusing a separate congressional fund to channel money back to themselves. Aquino abolished that fund, known as "pork barrel" last year, portraying his action as a key blow in the drive to root out graft.

Theodore Te, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, said certain "acts and practices" under the president's DAP were illegal and unconstitutional. The vote among 13 justices was unanimous.

Te said the government had violated the constitution by allowing practices like cross-border transfers of government savings to increase funds available to other offices. It was also illegal, the court said, for the government to fund projects "not covered by any general appropriation act".

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GFI Assails Disheartening U.S.-BNP Paribas Settlement

U.S. Government Fails Again to Hold Individuals Accountable for Violations of U.S. Sanctions Law, Providing No Deterrent to Future Misconduct...

 

Global Financial Integrity (GFI) expressed skepticism today that the settlement reached between the United States government and BNP Paribas SA would effectively punish the company for its systematic subversion of U.S. sanctions over a decade-long period or effectively deter similar conduct in the future.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced late on Monday that “between 2004 and 2012, BNP engaged in a complex and pervasive scheme to illegally move billions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of sanctioned entities” in Sudan, Iran, and Cuba, going “to elaborate lengths to conceal prohibited transactions, cover its tracks, and deceive U.S. authorities.” This pattern of behavior continued despite warnings by U.S. officials, opinions from reputable international law firms, and repeated statements from the bank’s own compliance officials that this conduct was illegal. According to the New York Department of Financial Services, the transactions involved totaled greater than $190 billion.

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Who Would Win the World Cup if it Was Decided By Corruption Perceptions?

Who Would Win the World Cup if it Was Decided By Corruption Perceptions? | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
What if, instead of scoring goals to advance, each country won its match-up based on who has the least amount of corruption?
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Atlanta adoption agency closes after charges of violations in Congo

An Atlanta-based international adoption agency will close after it was suspended for 90 days by U.S. authorities over allegations it paid bribes and used incorrect papers to adopt children in the Congo.

One World Adoption Services, founded in 2003, worked with citizens in the United States and Canada interested in adopting babies from Africa, South America and the Caribbean, according to its website.

“They were really left with no choice but to close,” Joel Ferdinand, One World's attorney, told Reuters on Friday.

 The non-profit agency could not financially afford to go three months without making adoptions, Ferdinand said. The agency’s 120 pending adoption cases will be transferred to other agencies, he added.

The suspension was over alleged bribery and false and improper documentation for adoptions in Congo, Ferdinand said.

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USA: Ex-CPA Gets 15 Years in Billion-Dollar Tax Fraud

USA: Ex-CPA Gets 15 Years in Billion-Dollar Tax Fraud | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

Former attorney and CPA Paul M. Daugerdas, 63, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for orchestrating a massive scheme in which he and co-conspirators hawked fake tax shelters for wealthy individuals to evade more than $1.6 billion in federal taxes.

Last October, he was convicted following a seven-week jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III, who imposed Wednesday’s sentence in a Manhattan federal court. Daugerdas was convicted of conspiring to defraud the IRS, to evade taxes, and to commit mail and wire fraud, and of corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the internal revenue laws. He was also convicted on four counts of tax evasion and of mail fraud.

Judge Pauley also ordered Daugerdas to forfeit $164,737,500 in proceeds from the crimes, including a shorefront home on Lake Geneva in Wisconsin and more than $20 million in securities and financial accounts.

Authorities said Daugerdas personally received more than $95 million in fees from the scheme, which generated more than $7 billion in fake deductions. Daugerdas also used shelters to slash his taxes on the proceeds from more than $32 million to less than $8,000.

Judge Pauley ordered Daugerdas to pay $371,006,397 in restitution to the IRS, saying that Daugerdas “was at the apex of tax shelter racketeers who tapped into the greed of the super wealthy who did not want to pay taxes.”

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AUSTRALIA: Metro Trains corruption claims

AUSTRALIA: Metro Trains corruption claims | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The former managing director of a company that completed millions of dollars of work for Metro Trains says he was told the rail operator was ‘‘awash with corruption’’.

The claim is detailed in a statutory declaration that also alleges employees who were ‘‘on the take’’ had been ‘‘gifted such things as jet skis and additions erected to their properties paid for by suppliers’’.

Mark Boulton, who headed Metro Trains supplier Vital Services Group from October 2012 until January this year, has detailed his allegations in a statutory declaration signed in March and seen by Fairfax Media. The statutory declaration was provided to Metro Trains as part of an internal audit into allegations of corruption and kickbacks.

The rail operator said on Sunday that an internal investigation team had examined the claims and concluded there was no evidence to support any wrongdoing by its employees.

Mr Boulton declined to comment when contacted on Sunday, saying only that he would take his claims to Victoria Police if a legal case against Metro Trains he is mounting came to nothing. ‘‘I will go to the police with my evidence if I don’t get satisfaction,’’ said Mr Boulton, who is understood to be involved in legal action against Metro Trains over alleged damage to his reputation.

In the statutory declaration, he alleges three employees of Metro Trains ‘‘conspired to obtain financial reward in return for offering subcontracting work to Vital Services Group’’.

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Ghana still reeling from corruption – Bagbin | citifmonline

Ghana still reeling from corruption – Bagbin | citifmonline | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

Despite several interventions that have been made by the government to stem corruption, it persists in the country, Mr Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Nadowli/Kaleo, has admitted in Parliament.

“In spite of moral crusades, executive instruments and the declaration of zero tolerance for corruption, corruption remains a serious issue in the country,” he said.

Mr Bagbin on Thursday was tabling a motion for Parliament to adopt the report of the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) 2012–2021, of which he is the Chairman.

Efforts at fighting corruption

While acknowledging the fact that the country had not been able to take a hold on corruption, he said it was the desire to nip it in the bud that gave birth to the Ghana Integrity Initiative and Anti-Corruption campaign in 2002.

He said the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) had also led in the organisation of workshops for the working group on corruption since 2009, adding that an action plan had also been drawn to conceptualise and mobilise all stakeholders to structure laws on ethics.

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Former FBI agent Chuck Stuber opens up about corruption cases against North Carolina politicians

Former FBI agent Chuck Stuber opens up about corruption cases against North Carolina politicians | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

“Probably the most significant thing, to me, to come out of the video poker cases is we saw that Jim Black was getting a ton of money from the video poker industry,” Stuber said. “Literally, hundreds of thousands of dollars. Every election cycle.”

He recalled that all 100 sheriffs were “petitioning” Black to ban the games, but Black wouldn’t.

“Jim Black’s basically their guy keeping it legal for them,” Stuber said, and there “seemed to be some connection between the money he was receiving from the industry and he’d never allow it to come up for a vote.”

News reports in The N&O were focusing on Black, his aides, his appointments, his ties to video poker and other special interests. Stuber and other agents were serving subpoenas.

One lawmaker, Michael Decker, would plead guilty to extorting $50,000 in connection to a scheme to keep Black in power. The money came from Black, who insisted that it was meant to support the campaign of Decker, who had switched parties to keep Black in charge.

As Decker pleaded guilty, in early August 2006, it wasn’t clear how the case would end up, Stuber said.

That changed later that month, Stuber said, when agents served subpoenas to chiropractors who had been close to Black, requiring them to appear before a grand jury. Stuber said he did not know what they might share.

The chiropractors held secrets, including that they had made cash payments of at least $25,000 to Black while he was advancing legislation favorable to them. Black converted it to his personal use. Stuber said that “tipped the scales.”

Stuber said there were “a lot of people” who were so afraid of Black’s power to retaliate that they “flat-out lied to us” or wouldn’t share information in the midst of the probe.


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/06/28/3969919/meet-former-fbi-agent-chuck-stuber.html#storylink=cpy

 

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China party boss in corruption probe

China party boss in corruption probe | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The Communist Party leader of the major southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is being investigated for corruption, a party disciplinary commission has said.

Wan Qingliang is suspected of "serious disciplinary violations", a term generally used to indicate corruption.

Mr Wan is regarded as the city's top official, ranked above the mayor.

Tens of thousands of officials have been arrested since President Xi Jinping began an anti-corruption campaign in 2012.

Mr Xi has warned that the party's very survival is threatened by corruption and has vowed to root out every corrupt official, whether "tigers" or "flies".

A central government audit recently uncovered 314 serious disciplinary violations, up from 175 serious cases revealed the year before, the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing reports.

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Fraud tops list of cases handled by World Bank’s sanctions office

Fraud tops list of cases handled by World Bank’s sanctions office | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The bulk of anti-corruption cases handled by the World Bank’s sanctions office over the past six years were for fraud, led by the forging of documents to win development contracts, a new report shows. 

From fiscal year 2008 through 2013, 224 firms and individuals were punished by the Office of Suspension and Debarment for fraud, bribery or corruption on World Bank contracts, the office said inreleasing data for the first time on its caseload. 

While big corruption cases such as the $2.9 billion Padma Bridge project in Bangladesh capture headlines, corruption represented only 14 percent of the caseload sent by investigators in the World Bank’s Integrity (INT) division to the sanctions office.   

Eighty-six percent of cases were fraud, it said. Fraudulent invoices, forged bank and securities documents, and lying about experience and ability to deliver on projects were the most common types of offences that led to sanctions, the report said. 

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Argentina's Vice President Charged With Bribery

An Argentine judge has charged Vice President Amado Boudou with bribery and conducting business incompatible with public office in the acquisition of the company that prints the country's currency and of later benefiting from government contracts.

Boudou is accused of using shell companies and secret middlemen to gain control of the company that was given contracts to print the Argentine peso and campaign material for the ticket he shared with President Cristina Fernandez.

Federal judge Ariel Lijo's decision was published Friday night on the justice department's website. The judge also ordered 200,000 pesos ($25,000) seized from Boudou, who will remain free while he waits trial in the case along with five other defendants.

Boudou is the first sitting Argentine vice president to face such charges. He could be sentenced to between one and six years in prison, and a lifetime ban from elective office.

Boudou, who is on an official trip to Central America, says he's innocent of the accusations despite ample evidence linking him to other defendants that was made public through investigative reports by Argentina's newspapers.

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USA: How Corruption Shapes State Policy: David Sirota

USA: How Corruption Shapes State Policy: David Sirota | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Tennessee—a state that has been called the most corrupt in the country...

One analysis comes from researchers at Indiana University and University of Hong Kong. They compared data from 25,000 convictions in public corruption cases with state spending data. As Governing magazine reports, the researchers document that the most corrupt states like Tennessee “tended to spend money on construction, highways, and police protection programs, which provide more opportunity for corrupt officials to use public money for their own gain.” Governing adds that those “states spend less on health, education, and welfare, which provide less opportunity for officials to collect bribes.”

 

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Corruption charges add to Argentina’s debt woes

Corruption charges add to Argentina’s debt woes | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

It hasn’t been a good few days for Argentina’s government. First, a New York court ruled to block payments on its restructured debt, leaving the country teetering on the brink of its second default in 13 years. Then, in another judicial blow – this time from Buenos Aires – vice president Amado Boudou was formally charged in a corruption scandal.

Boudou heard about the decision late on Friday evening when in Cuba. The charge is the culmination of an investigation into Ciccone, a printing company rescued from bankruptcy and awarded a government contract to produce pesos. The vice president, charged alongside five other defendants, is accused of using middlemen to gain a 70 per cent stake in return for favours.

The bribery charge is particularly bad for the government, coming at a time when it is trying to hold the moral high ground over its restructured debt repayments. Buenos Aires has argued that it is willing to repay the debt, taking out adverts to this effect in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and others.

In the adverts, Argentina complained that having bonds issued under US jurisdiction “does not mean accepting court decisions that are impossible to comply with. All the more so if any such decision violates the sovereign immunity principle effective in the US.” In addition, it has sought to deflect the blame by attacking hedge funds – which President Cristina Fernández refers to as “vultures” – as agents bent on “extortion”.

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USDOJ: BNP Paribas Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $8.9 Billion for Illegally Processing Financial Transactions for Countries Subject to U.S. Economic Sanctions

USDOJ: BNP Paribas Agrees to Plead Guilty and to Pay $8.9 Billion for Illegally Processing Financial Transactions for Countries Subject to U.S. Economic Sanctions | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

According to court documents submitted today, BNP Paribas S.A. (BNPP), a global financial institution headquartered in Paris, agreed to enter a guilty plea to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) by processing billions of dollars of transactions through the U.S. financial system on behalf of Sudanese, Iranian, and Cuban entities subject to U.S. economic sanctions.   The agreement by the French bank to plead guilty is the first time a global bank has agreed to plead guilty to large-scale, systematic violations of U.S. economic sanctions.

The announcement was made by Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara for the Southern District of New York, FBI Director James B. Comey, Chief Richard Weber of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) and District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. of New York County.

“BNP Paribas went to elaborate lengths to conceal prohibited transactions, cover its tracks, and deceive U.S. authorities. These actions represent a serious breach of U.S. law,” Attorney General Holder said. “Sanctions are a key tool in protecting U.S. national security interests, but they only work if they are strictly enforced.   If sanctions are to have teeth, violations must be punished.   Banks thinking about conducting business in violation of U.S. sanctions should think twice because the Justice Department will not look the other way.”

“BNP ignored US sanctions laws and concealed its tracks. And when contacted by law enforcement it chose not to fully cooperate,” Deputy Attorney General Cole said.   “This failure to cooperate had a real effect -- it significantly impacted the government’s ability to bring charges against responsible individuals, sanctioned entities and satellite banks.  This failure together with BNP’s prolonged misconduct mandated the criminal plea and the nearly $9 billion penalty that we are announcing today.”

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Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning over alleged corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy detained for questioning over alleged corruption | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

Unprecedented move against a former French president as investigators also question his lawyer and two magistrates...

 

The former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody for questioning as part of an inquiry into alleged abuse of power.

The unprecedented step followed the arrest of Sarkozy's lawyer and two magistrates who are under investigation for allegedly using their influence to obtain information about legal cases against him.

Detectives are trying to establish whether the former leader promised a top-level job in Monaco to a magistrate in return for letting him know whether corruption allegations against him would go to court. Sarkozy denies any wrong-doing.

The police move on Tuesday represents a blow to Sarkozy's hopes of making a political comeback in 2017. The former leader of the UMP is said to have been hoping to profit from the disarray and lack of leadership in his centre-right party, which is itself mired in legal investigations, to stand for president again.

It is alleged that information obtained from tapping the former leader's phone conversations with his lawyer, Thierry Herzog, a controversial and unusual step, suggested there had been what was referred to as a "traffic of influence".

Police were listening to Sarkozy's calls as part of a separate investigation into claims he accepted illegal donations from the former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi for his 2007 presidential election campaign. Sarkozy served one term in office before being beaten by the Socialist candidate, François Hollande, in 2012.

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New Carnegie Endowment Report Links Corruption to Insurgencies

New Carnegie Endowment Report Links Corruption to Insurgencies | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

When a government is corrupt, and serving only the interests of a privileged few, the populace reacts in protest if it has that opportunity, according to a new report.

Along with civil protest, corruption can also trigger and help to sustain violent insurgency in reaction to its presence. That’s the focus of the new report from the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, facilitated by Carnegie Senior Associate Sarah Chayes.

“If you look at every country where there is an extremist insurgency,” says Chayes, “if you look at half a dozen or a dozen countries that, in the last four or five years, have undergone revolution or something close to it - almost every single time, the government in question has been, I would say, severely corrupt."

The Carnegie report notes that “Twelve of the fifteen lowest-ranking countries on Transparency International’s 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index are the scene of insurgencies, harbor extremist groups, or pose other grave threats to international security.” The report also states that “corruption combines with other risk factors, such as ethnic, religious, or linguistic rifts in a population, or severe economic disparities, to increase the likelihood of a security challenge.”

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The Ponzi Scheme Blog: June 2014 Ponzi Scheme Roundup

The Ponzi Scheme Blog: June 2014 Ponzi Scheme Roundup | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

A summary of the activity reported for June 2014. The reported stories reflect: 7 guilty pleas or convictions in pending cases; over 139 years of newly imposed sentences for individuals involved in Ponzi schemes; at least 8 newly discovered schemes allegedly involving over $147 million; and an average age of approximately 52 for the alleged Ponzi schemers in the stories reported. 

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Corruption crackdown snares former Chinese general

Corruption crackdown snares former Chinese general | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

A spreading anti-corruption crackdown launched by President Xi Jinping snared its most senior figure yet on Monday when a former top Chinese general was expelled from the ruling Communist Party to face bribery charges.

A former deputy police minister and two other senior officials also were expelled from the party to face corruption charges, the government announced.

Gen. Xu Caihou, a former deputy chairman of the party's Central Military Commission, which controls China's military, is accused of taking money and property in exchange for promotions and other favors, the government statement said.

Xi, who took power in 2012, has vowed to punish all corrupt officials, no matter how highly ranked. But political analysts also suggest the campaign is aimed at neutralizing a retired senior leader, Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the party's ruling Standing Committee who stepped down in 2012 in a transfer of power to younger leaders.

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CORRUPTION WATCH: Nepotism can — and must — be tackled

CORRUPTION WATCH: Nepotism can — and must — be tackled | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

Does South Africa have laws preventing the hiring of the sons and daughters of the politically connected?...

 

How can you help in the fight against nepotism? If you are a public employee, you can report it. In terms of the code of conduct for the public service, you are under obligation to report fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration to the appropriate authorities — and guilty of misconduct if you fail to do so.

If you know or suspect that a contract has been awarded because the company getting the tender employed a politician’s family member, then report this to the police, a journalist or Corruption Watch (0800-023-456). About 28% of the reports Corruption Watch has received about procurement have detailed nepotism.

If your company has tendered for government work and did not get the job, you may always request reasons from the government agency for awarding the contract to someone else. If the reasons are flawed, you may wish to get more information and perhaps even bring a criminal complaint.

 

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BORNEO: Corruption – taking the beast by its horns

BORNEO: Corruption – taking the beast by its horns | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

INADVERTENTLY when I attend social events, someone will highlight a personal encounter where they paid a bribe to solve a problem. “There you go, Idris, corruption is rampant in this country and the reason why we will fail to progress,” they tell me.

When you have been victimised, it is easy to discount the government’s seriousness to fight corruption. The rant on social media reflects people’s frustration on a system they think lacks honesty, integrity and transparency.

Corruption is a beast. It rears its ugly head in the worst and best of us. If we want to be brutally honest with ourselves; many of us have given, received or tempted one way or another in our lifetime.

I first understood the meaning of ‘transparency’ and ‘values’ when growing up in the longhouse.  There was always temptation to commit some form of misdemeanour but there were just too many people watching and ready to report on you! You had no other choice but to behave according to the community’s expectation of good values.

To put a big dent on corruption, we must institutionalise good governance and integrity. Ad-hoc solutions heal a symptom but do not cure the disease. The longer-term work is to deliberately destroy entrenched ways that have, along the decades, become the norm of doing business. This is by no means an easy feat and will require the collective will of all – government, corporations and public.

There are three main categories of corruption, namely regulatory/enforcement corruption, procurement corruption and corruption related to political funding.  In some areas, we have made progress but there are stumbling blocks:



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PAKISTAN: Corruption galore

PAKISTAN: Corruption galore | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

The time has come to privat­ise the FBR and the revenu­e functi­on of the govern­ment...

 

One reads with amusement a report by Transparency International Pakistan, which reveals it has been getting complaints against 18 registrar offices in Karachi, who have allegedly been receiving a bribe of Rs20,000 to Rs500,000 on each and every property registration.... 


What is amusing about this report is that TI expects the chief secretary to take action. Officials in the Sindh government would rather get a transfer than take action against this practice, which fuels and feeds not just the likes of Gopang, who get a slice of the pie, but the high and mighty, who put him there in the first place.

Possibly, the most corrupt government machinery in Pakistan today is in Sindh, headed by a chief minister under whose leadership, the province stands at the brink of moral and financial bankruptcy.

The whole practice of bribing revenue officials starts with under-declaring the value of property and showing it to be almost 60 per cent of the actual market price. Thus, the levies imposed on such a property are significantly lower. In exchange, the revenue official also charges a levy of his own, which he shares with his superiors, in a chain that goes all the way to the top.

The practice is not restricted to Sindh. It is prevalent in most provinces, only that the highest evasion takes place in Karachi because this is where most properties are bought and sold. In the current arrangement, the only entity suffering is the government, which is deprived of billions of rupees in revenues.

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Judge Nixes Corruption Plea for Ex-Venice Mayor

Judge Nixes Corruption Plea for Ex-Venice Mayor | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
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A judge has rejected a plea deal for the former mayor of Venice accused in a sweeping bribery investigation into the project to build underwater barriers to protect the lagoon city from flooding.

Ex-Mayor Giorgio Orsoni said Saturday he expected the four-month sentence offered by prosecutors would be rejected and welcomed the decision so he can defend himself.

Orsoni was among more than 30 people arrested earlier this month amid suspicions the consortium building the barriers amassed a 25-million-euro ($34 million) slush fund abroad to bribe officials. Orsoni was accused of accepting campaign contributions; he denies knowing the money was illegal.

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Contractors get prison, fines in Pendleton bribery case

Contractors get prison, fines in Pendleton bribery case | Global Corruption | Scoop.it

Two contractors who paid tens of thousands of dollars in bribes to a construction supervisor — who called himself the “Godfather of Camp Pendleton” — in exchange for lucrative contracts at the Marine base were sentenced Friday to time behind bars and ordered to pay six-figure fines.

Hugo Hernandez Alonso, president of Hugo Alonso Inc., was sentenced to a year in federal prison and ordered to pay a fine of nearly $127,000.

Bayani Yabut Abueg Jr., president of MBR Associates Inc., was given six months in custody and fined $366,140.

Both men were ordered to report for custody by Jan. 2.

Alonso pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to bribe public officials and admitted an Anti-Kickback Act violation. Abueg pleaded guilty to the anti-kickback violation and filing a false tax return.

Prosecutors said both men paid tens of thousands of dollars to Natividad “Nate” Cervantes in exchange for contracts at Camp Pendleton. Cervantes also pleaded guilty to bribery and conspiracy charges and is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.

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USA: 'Stigma of corruption' haunts DeKalb County Georgia

USA: 'Stigma of corruption' haunts DeKalb County Georgia | Global Corruption | Scoop.it
DeKalb County is the proud owner of a
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