Monticello, outside Charlottesville, Virginia, was the home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, third president of the United States, and founder of the University of Virginia. Monticello is the only historic house in the U.S.… Continue Reading
The former associate general counsel of GlaxoSmithKline who won dismissal without prejudice of an obstruction and false statement indictment last month has been re-indicted.
The DOJ again charged Lauren Stevens with four counts of making false statements, one count of obstruction of justice, and one count of falsifying and concealing documents related to Glaxo’s promotion of the anti-depressant drug for weight loss, which hadn’t been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.… Continue Reading
Transparency International’s world map index of perceived corruptionIf we had to name the most influential anti-corruption organization in the world, it would be Transparency International (TI).
The Berlin-based NGO was founded in 1993 by former World Banker Peter Eigen.… Continue Reading
The U.K. Serious Fraud Office said a British man who supplied surgical instruments to the Iraqi government was sentenced today by a London court to 24 weeks in prison.
Mark Rodney Jessop, 53, admitted breaking United Nations sanctions during the oil for food program by making illegal payments to Saddam Hussein’s government.… Continue Reading
“Malaysian opposition accuses gov’t of bribing Borneo voters with sardines, mattresses,” the playful AP headline said.
On April 16, the east Malaysia state of Sarawak will elect a new legislature. Voters there, according to the AP, are upset about graft allegations against Sarawak’s ruler for the past 30 years, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, who’s part of the dominant National Front party.… Continue Reading
Corruption in Afghanistan is back in the news — even if our 100,000 troops serving there are not.
Last month, the U.S. government suspended an auditing team from Deloitte who didn’t flag massive corruption at Kabul Bank before it nearly failed last fall.… Continue Reading
Ken Silverstein asks in Foreign Policy why the kleptocratic regime of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea has escaped U.S. sanctions.
The article traces a four-year “meandering investigation” by the DOJ and Immigration and Customs Enforcement into Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, son of Equatorial Guinea’s permanent president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who’s been in office since 1979.… Continue Reading