Corruption Currents: Bribes Worm Through U.S. Border
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A review by The New York Times found that over the last 10 years, almost 200 employees and contract workers of the Department of Homeland Security have taken nearly $15 million in bribes. Department officials have acknowledged the problem and taken a number of measures, such as hiring additional internal affairs investigators, providing ethics training and administering polygraph tests to address it.
The U.K. defense ministry made dozens of allegations of bribery and corruption. (Belfast Telegraph)
Kenya’s president signed into law new penalties on companies for failing to stem bribery. (Daily Nation)
The director of a Singaporean company was jailed for corruption. (CNA)
Seasonal gifts to Sri Lankan state employees could constitute bribery, anti-graft officials said. (Sunday Times)
In local politics: A Chicago alderman pleaded not guilty to bribery charges. (Hyde Park Herald)
The wave of cybersecurity breaches is no surprise to Brian Krebs. (Guardian)
Demonetization is a boon to money-laundering enforcers in India. Delhi police think they’ve sniffed out a money-laundering racket at a private bank; demonetization pierced the veil. The finance ministry told banking leaders to watch their staff. Hawalas were decimated, and assets were seized from jewelers and bullion traders. (PTI, Telegraph India, Deccan Chronicle, Hindustan Times, Times of India, India.com, Deccan Chronicle, TNN, Economic Times, Economic Times, Daily Mail, Times of India)
Filipino prosecutors are considering charges against anti-money laundering regulators for reportedly stonewalling on document requests against a lawmaker and some suspected druglords. (PhilStar)
Pakistan’s finance minister told the World Bank that the government is working to curb money laundering. It wants to re-open the case in the U.K. against a political party leader. (AryNews, GEO, Nation)
President Barack Obama is preparing to hit Russia with sanctions in response to hacking and interference in the U.S. election. A U.S. senator forecast the measures. Moscow, which denies the hacking allegations, promised to retaliate. A journalist sued for evidence of Russian meddling. (Guardian, CNN, Reuters, Washington Post, Reuters, ReCode)
The U.S. Commerce Department added 23 Russian entities to its export-controls list.
The U.N. atomic agency released documents related to the nuclear deal with Iran. (Reuters)
The U.N. rejected a resolution imposing an arms embargo on South Sudan. (AFP)
Nearly 200 Trinidadians were linked to terrorism financing by the finance ministry. (Guardian Trinidad)
The U.S. State Department is interested in how companies address human-rights abuses in Congo’s cobalt mines. (Washington Post)
The U.S. Justice Department subpoenaed a high-profile whistleblower in its criminal investigation into Wells Fargo & Co. (Reuters)
Donald Trump said he intends to dissolve his charitable foundation, but the attempt was rejected due to an ongoing investigation by the New York State attorney general. It comes amid broader questions about how Mr. Trump will resolve his conflicts of interest upon taking office. Donors are receiving plum positions in the new administration. A deep look at his business empire is here. (Washington Post, Guardian, NY Times, NPR, Politico, NY Times)
Russia conceded that it orchestrated a state-run doping operation. The IOC is investigating 28 Russian athletes, and a coach was banned for a decade. (NY Times, Reuters, Reuters)
South Korea will hold jailhouse hearings as parliament investigates corruption. (Yonhap)
Corruption allegations are casting doubt on the Brazilian president’s ability to hold office. (Reuters)
Rod Blagojevich hopes for a commutation from Mr. Obama.