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Feds probe alleged UN bribery scheme: WSJ

The office of Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York.
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The office of Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney of the Southern District of New York.

U.S. Federal law-enforcement authorities are investigating an alleged bribery scheme that involved payments to officials at the United Nations (UN) in exchange for their support for real-estate development in Macau, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

The investigation, which is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, is looking into alleged bribery by business people from China.

WSJ reported that people familiar with the matter said some of the alleged bribe money went to U.N. officials from the Caribbean. But it was not made clear how the supposed scheme worked.

Representatives of the U.N. did not respond to requests for comment, the report said.

The WSJ report can be seen here.