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15:44 // 6 months ago
October 10, 2013

Nearly thirty-year sentence handed down to former mayor of Detroit

  • 28 years in prison will be served by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, following his conviction on two dozen charges that include bribery and wire fraud. Kilpatrick has been in custody since his conviction earlier this year, and is expected to appeal the sentence. source
14:42 // 10 months ago
July 10, 2013

maneatingbadger says: Year's supply of homemade kimchi to hire me. If not as a bribe, then a threat.

» SFB says: Not a big kimchi fan, so I’d take that as a threat. — Ernie @ SFB

12:24 // 1 year ago
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More than one in four people across the world have paid a bribe in the past 12 months, according to a new survey. Does that surprise you? MORE: http://cnb.cx/15tsLrW

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cnbc:

More than one in four people across the world have paid a bribe in the past 12 months, according to a new survey. Does that surprise you?

MORE: http://cnb.cx/15tsLrW

How would you like to bribe the ShortFormBlog staff? Shoot us an ask.

11:03 // 1 year ago
July 9, 2013
17:33 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2013
Public service is not supposed to be a shortcut to self-enrichment. At the very least, public officials should obey the law. As alleged, these defendants did not obey the law; they broke the law and the public trust. There is a price to pay for that kind of betrayal.
George Venizelos, assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation  • Discussing the arrest of two New York politicians who are alleged to have made efforts to rig the 2013 NYC mayoral election. State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith, a Democrat who became the chamber’s first black president ever, is alleged to have bribed City Councilman Daniel J. Halloran III in an effort to gain Republican backing for a party switch in a campaign to replace the retiring Michael Bloomberg. Smith denies the charges, while Christine Quinn is probably laughing off the idea this scheme would have actually led to her defeat at the polls.
9:27 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2013

Two widely differing pleas came from former politicians facing criminal charges today

  • Guilty Former Illinois representative Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty to fraud charges stemming from his apparent misuse of more than $750,000 in campaign funds. Jackson and his wife made a variety of high-dollar purchases with the money, along with paying for expensive vacations and club memberships, and is expected to be sentenced to somwhere between 47 and 56 months in prison. source
  • Not Guilty Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin pleaded not guilty to federal charges that he accepted more than $200,000 in bribes and other gifts during his time in office, many from contractors hoping to land major city contracts. Several former city officials are set to testify against Nagin, who is currently out of jail on a $100,000 bond. source
19:11 // 1 year ago
January 18, 2013

Former mayor charged with bribery, conspiracy, money laundering, and more

  • 21 counts of corruption faced by former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who led the city at the time of Hurricane Katrina. source
18:07 // 1 year ago
April 23, 2012
Recap: Wal-Mart executives accused of major cover-up
A case which could damage a huge company’s rep: New allegations of a massive bribery and cover-up, orchestrated by Wal-Mart International to protect Wal-Mart de Mexico executives, surfaced in the New York Times over the weekend. Former executive Sergio Cicero Zapata spent more than 15 hours with Times reporters, detailing his role, and the role of others in the alleged crimes. Worst of all, according to Cicero, former CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright didn’t just know about the payments; he endorsed them. Here’s what happened after that:
Sergio Leaves Wal-Mart De Mexico After being passed over for a promotion, Sergio left the company in 2004. In September 2005, he contacted senior Wal-Mart lawyer Maritza Munich to discuss his knowledge of crimes he claimed were authorized by senior-level management.
Frantic investigations begin Munich hires Juan Francisco Torres-Landa to debrief Cicero, who reports that the allegations seem genuine. Munich notifies Wal-Mart International, and recommends a full investigation of Wal-Mart de Mexico’s senior management team.  source
"There is reasonable suspicion" of violated laws
reaction Wal-Mart then hired the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to conduct an internal probe, but the company ignored their recommendation of a full investigation — instead choosing to let corporate investigations director Joseph Lewis take over.
results Unhappy with Lewis’ “law enforcement approach” to the case, management re-wrote investigation procedures. Supervision of the matter was given to top executives (then under investigation) who closed the case, citing a lack of evidence.
fallout After years of cover-ups, Wal-Mart International now finds itself in the midst of a huge PR scandal. The company has obtained new legal counsel, but has not announced plans to release any executives named. source
The company’s feeling it from investors
5% decline in the company’s stock on Monday, after the report source
» So what’s next? As of this posting, neither the U.S. Department of Justice or its Mexican counterpart have announced that they’ll be launching investigations of Wal-Mart. If either country does decide to pursue an investigation, analysts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act experts estimate that the governments’ legal fees could end up much higher than Wal-Mart stands to lose in penalties. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available. (Photo by Code Poet)
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A case which could damage a huge company’s rep: New allegations of a massive bribery and cover-up, orchestrated by Wal-Mart International to protect Wal-Mart de Mexico executives, surfaced in the New York Times over the weekend. Former executive Sergio Cicero Zapata spent more than 15 hours with Times reporters, detailing his role, and the role of others in the alleged crimes. Worst of all, according to Cicero, former CEO Eduardo Castro-Wright didn’t just know about the payments; he endorsed them. Here’s what happened after that:

  • Sergio Leaves Wal-Mart De Mexico After being passed over for a promotion, Sergio left the company in 2004. In September 2005, he contacted senior Wal-Mart lawyer Maritza Munich to discuss his knowledge of crimes he claimed were authorized by senior-level management.
  • Frantic investigations begin Munich hires Juan Francisco Torres-Landa to debrief Cicero, who reports that the allegations seem genuine. Munich notifies Wal-Mart International, and recommends a full investigation of Wal-Mart de Mexico’s senior management team.  source

"There is reasonable suspicion" of violated laws

  • reaction Wal-Mart then hired the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to conduct an internal probe, but the company ignored their recommendation of a full investigation — instead choosing to let corporate investigations director Joseph Lewis take over.
  • results Unhappy with Lewis’ “law enforcement approach” to the case, management re-wrote investigation procedures. Supervision of the matter was given to top executives (then under investigation) who closed the case, citing a lack of evidence.
  • fallout After years of cover-ups, Wal-Mart International now finds itself in the midst of a huge PR scandal. The company has obtained new legal counsel, but has not announced plans to release any executives named. source

The company’s feeling it from investors

  • 5% decline in the company’s stock on Monday, after the report source

» So what’s next? As of this posting, neither the U.S. Department of Justice or its Mexican counterpart have announced that they’ll be launching investigations of Wal-Mart. If either country does decide to pursue an investigation, analysts and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act experts estimate that the governments’ legal fees could end up much higher than Wal-Mart stands to lose in penalties. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available. (Photo by Code Poet)

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20:55 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012
I have made a habit of keeping a weapon near me when I sleep. I fear for my safety at the Capitol and have requested additional security.
Democratic Arizona State Rep. Margaret “Lynne” Pancrazi • In a signed statement, included in a report on the results of an ethics investigation targeting Arizona Rep. Daniel Patterson. Patterson, who’s previously made headlines for domestic violence twice since his election in 2009, was revealed to be a frequent marijuana user by the third-party investigation. A lobbyist also revealed to investigators that Patterson once offered her a favorable vote on a bill in exchange for sex. The Arizona congressman has become known for his anger-fueled tirades both in and out of the House chambers. Patterson called the report biased, and responded on Twitter, saying, “I fight for your rights. Party politicians, media & lobbyists fear tough independence. I stir things up @ capitol but I don’t mean to offend.”  source (viafollow)
18:40 // 2 years ago