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Crime Bribery

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- South Korea's special prosecutor's office said it is planning to indict Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee on charges that go beyond previously cited bribery allegations surrounding government backing of a 2015 merger of two group affiliates. The charges against Lee relate to the broader process of leadership succession at Samsung, the prosecution...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- The arrest of Samsung Group scion Jay Y. Lee on bribery charges could hamper decisions on strategic investments and acquisitions at the sprawling conglomerate, insiders and former executives say, even with a strong leadership bench at its many businesses. Although business at flagship Samsung Electronics is humming along, big calls will need to...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 16- Colombian regulators ordered the nullification of a major road construction contract that had been awarded to Brazilian engineering firm Odebrecht and local partners, amid a Latin America- wide bribery scandal. Odebrecht pleaded guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a $3.5 billion penalty for paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes in...

  • SEOUL, Feb 17- A South Korean court on Friday ordered the arrest of Jay Y. Lee, the 48- year-old head of the Samsung Group, on suspicion of bribery and other charges in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Prosecutors accuse Lee in his capacity as head of South Korea's largest conglomerate, or chaebol, of pledging 43 billion won...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 16- Colombian holding company Corficolombiana said it had no knowledge of bribes paid by Brazil's Odebrecht engineering firm in connection with a joint highway project suspended amid a Latin America- wide bribery scandal. Odebrecht pled guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a $3.5 billion penalty for paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes in...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 16- Colombian holding company Corficolombiana said it had no knowledge of bribes paid by Brazil's Odebrecht engineering firm in connection with a joint highway project suspended amid a Latin America- wide bribery scandal. Odebrecht pled guilty in U.S. court and agreed to a $3.5 billion penalty for paying hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes in...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— The billionaire heir to Samsung, South Korea's most successful and best known conglomerate, made his second attempt Thursday to block efforts by prosecutors to arrest him on bribery and other charges in connection with a corruption scandal that has engulfed the country's president. A court hearing on whether to issue an arrest warrant for...

  • Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Lee Jae-yong walked into the Seoul Central District Court without speaking to the pack of reporters. They accuse him of giving bribes worth $36 million to President Park and her long-time friend in order to win government favors for a smooth company leadership transition. The approval would also help bring bribery charges...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor engaged in lies and corruption to facilitate an illegal bitcoin exchange business whose operators wanted to take over a small credit union to evade scrutiny, a federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Attorney Won Shin told jurors that programmer Yuri Lebedev schemed with others to bribe Trevor...

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 15- The chief executive of Paz Oil, Israel's largest distributor of refined oil products, has been questioned by police over allegations he bribed public officials, the company said on Wednesday. In a brief statement to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Paz said it learned this week that CEO Yona Fogel had been questioned in connection with an ongoing...

  • SEOUL, Feb 14- Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee was questioned by South Korea's special prosecutor for more than 15 hours as part of an investigation into a graft scandal that threatens to topple President Park Geun-hye. Lee, who has denied allegations of bribery through Samsung Group spokespeople, had arrived at the office on Monday morning. Samsung Group...

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee appeared at the South Korean special prosecutor's office for questioning on Monday as part of a wider investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. Park, Lee, Choi, and Samsung Group have all denied bribery accusations. Proving illicit dealings between Park or her...

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee appeared at the South Korean special prosecutor's office for questioning on Monday as part of a wider investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. Park, Lee, Choi, and Samsung Group have all denied bribery accusations. Proving illicit dealings between Park or her...

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee appeared at the South Korean special prosecutor's office on Monday for questioning as part of a wider investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. Park, Lee, Choi, and Samsung Group have all denied bribery charges. Lee arrived at the prosecution office in southern Seoul...

  • SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 10- Brazil's one-time richest man Eike Batista will stand trial on corruption charges along with an ex- Rio de Janeiro governor who allegedly took millions in bribes from the former billionaire. Federal prosecutors on Friday leveled the charges against Batista, the former governor Sergio Cabral and seven other people accused for...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 10- Colombian prosecutors investigating Brazil's Odebrecht for corruption will travel to that country next week to look for evidence that the construction conglomerate bribed politicians and sent funds to presidential campaigns, an official said on Friday. Attorney General Nestor Humberto Martinez has said a portion of $4.6 million that...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 10- Federal prosecutors on Friday leveled corruption charges against Eike Batista, Brazil's one-time richest man, along with a ex- Rio de Janeiro governor who allegedly took millions in bribes from the former billionaire, one of his nation's most boisterous backers amid a now busted commodities boom. In an emailed statement, prosecutors said the...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 7- A federal judge in Argentina will request information from Brazil and Switzerland to determine if President Mauricio Macri's spy chief received bribe money from a builder in 2013, state-run news agency Telam reported on Tuesday. Prosecutors publicly announced two weeks ago that they are investigating whether National Intelligence...

  • Feb 6- A company that operates red-light traffic cameras will pay Chicago $20 million to settle a lawsuit arising from a bribery scheme between the firm's former chief executive and a city transportation official, officials said on Monday. The city's settlement with the firm and its Australian parent company, Redflex Holdings Ltd, ends Chicago's civil...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 1- Brazil's Senate elected an ally of President Michel Temer as its new leader on Wednesday, providing key support in the upper chamber for proposed reforms to restore fiscal discipline. Senator Eunicio Oliveira, 64, was elected Senate president by a vote of 61-10, despite accusations that he took a bribe of 2.1 million reais from a defendant in a...