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1997 Sep 3
Arizona Gov. Fife Symington, the great-grandson of steel baron Henry Clay Frick, was found guilty by a jury on 7 counts of lying to get millions in loans to shore up his collapsing real estate empire. He was later sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, charged a fine of $60,000, and ordered to serve 5 years of probation. Symington's conviction was overturned in 1999; he was pardoned by President Clinton in January 2001 as prosecutors again pursued the case.
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1997 Sep 9
In China former Beijing mayor Chen Xitong was handed over to prosecutors on charges of corruption in a scandal with the loss of as much as $2.2 billion in public funds.
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1997 Sep 10
Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy pleaded innocent to charges of accepting $35,000 in sports tickets, travel and lodging from companies regulated by the Agriculture Department. He was later acquitted.
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1997 Oct 13
In South Korea Kim Hyun Chul (37), son of Pres. Kim Young Sam, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for bribery and tax evasion that amounted to about $2.1 million, an amount for which he was also fined.
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1997 Nov 30
Czech Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus handed in his governments resignation in the wake of revelations that his party maintained a slush fund in Switzerland and had received campaign donations from a businessman buying a state-owned steel mill.
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1997 Dec 10
Jesus Carrola, the new judicial police chief of Mexico City, stepped down amid allegations of links to torture and drug traffickers.
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1997 Dec 11
Henry Cisneros, President Clinton's first housing secretary, was indicted for conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements about payments to former mistress. Cisneros, who later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, was eventually pardoned by President Clinton.
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1997 Dec 15
In Mexico a gang of armed masked men raided several homes and seized some 20 teenagers and young adults. Several were tortured and Salvador Jimenez Lopez (25) was found dead a week later. On Jan 7 authorities arrested 28 officers and soldiers who were believed to be responsible.
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1998 Jan 15
Henry Cisneros' ex-mistress, Linda Medlar Jones, pleaded guilty to misleading federal authorities investigating the former US housing secretary's payment of alleged hush money to her. She served nearly 18 months in prison and was later pardoned by Pres. Clinton.
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1998 Mar 16
Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney, once the Army's top enlisted man, was reprimanded and demoted one rank by a jury that had convicted him of obstruction of justice in a sexual misconduct case.
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1998 Apr 15
The US federal government accused A. Bruce Rozet and his business partners of illegally siphoning off $7.5 million from 73 subsidized housing projects across the nation. HUD had already sued Rozet for milking 17 projects in California and Nevada.
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1998 Apr 26
In Guatemala City Bishop Jose Gerardi (75) was killed. He oversaw the recent report: Guatemala: Never Again. Marks on the bishops body were made by a dog. In July a priest and a cook, Rev. Mario Leonel Orantes Najera and Margarita Lopez, were arrested in connection. In Oct. US forensic experts said that at least 2 attackers were responsible for the bishops killing and described it as a political crime. In Oct Rev. Mario Lionel Orantes was charged with the killing. Orantes was released in Feb 1999. In 1999 Prosecutor Calvin Galindo resigned and fled the country in fear of his safety. Two judges had already quit the case. Three army suspects were arrested in Jan 2000. In 2000 Rev. Mario Orantes was again charged with the murder. In 2001 Col. Disrael Lima Estrada (60), Capt. Byron Lima Oliva (31) and Sgt. Jose Obdulio Villanueva (36) and Rev. Orantes were found guilty of the murder of Bishop Gerardi. The officers were sentenced to 30 years in prison and Orantes was sentenced to 20 years. Villanueva was killed during a prison riot Feb 12, 2003. In 2010 The a judge ordered retired Col. Byron Lima freed for good behavior after serving half his 20-year sentence.
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1998 Apr
Former Venezuela Pres. Carlos Andres Perez (76) and Cecilia Matos, his longtime mistress and personal secretary, were charged with depositing funds in US banks that far exceeded their earnings as public officials.
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1998 May 13
In Mexico impeachment procedures began for Jorge Carrillo Olea, governor of Morelos state.
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1998 May 18
In South Korea two economic advisors to former Pres. Kim Young Sam were arrested for bringing about the economic crises. Kang Kyong Shik, the former finance minister, and Kim In Ho, the economic secretary, were charged to have lied to the ex-president about the severity of the nations financial problems.
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1998 Jun 9
In Russia Yuri Yurkov, head of the State Statistics Committee, was arrested with 2 top aides for falsifying data to help corporations avoid taxes.
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1998 Jun
At Kennedy airport newly elected Kampala, Uganda, mayor Nasser Ntge Sebaggala was arrested for lying to custom's agents, bringing in $108,000 in traveler's checks without declaring them and defrauding the BostonBank. He was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
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1998 Jun
Adrian Carrera Fuentes, former director of the Mexican Federal Judicial Police, was allowed to travel to the US to testify. In Houston he told a grand jury that he had collected nearly $2 million in drug bribes in 1993-1994 and turned the money over to Mario Ruiz Massieu, who fled Mexico in 1995.
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1998 Jul 7
In Italy Silvio Berlusconi, media tycoon and former prime minister, was sentenced to 2 years and 9 months in prison for bribing tax officials.
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1998 Jul 11
In Iran Mayor Karbaschi gave a 4-hour defense statement at the close of his trial in Tehran. He was accused of misappropriating public funds.
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1998 Jul 13
In Azerbaijan Suret Huseinov, a former prime minister, went on trial for treason.
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1998 Jul 13
In Italy Silvio Berlusconi, former premier, was convicted for the 3rd time since Dec. This conviction was for illegal party financing in 1991. A prior conviction was for bribing tax inspectors.
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1998 Jul 23
In Iran Tehrans Mayor Karbaschi was convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison for corruption.
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1998 Jul 23
In Kenya John Msafari, head of the revenue collection authority, was ordered arrested along with 15 other officials and businessmen on charges of defrauding the government of some $3.9 million.
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1998 Jul 31
In China Chen Xitong, former mayor of Beijing, was sentenced to 16 years in prison for graft. The bribes were to be confiscated and handed over to the state treasury.
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1998 Aug 12
In Pakistan Benazir Bhutto was indicted on charges of illegally awarding a contract to a Dubai-based company for the import of gold and silver during her rule.
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1998 Sep 23
The Turkey high court jailed Istanbul Mayor Tayyip Erdogan.
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1998 Oct 6
Eddie DeBartolo Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisiana for failing to report that former governor Edwin Edwards extorted $400,000 from him for a casino license. He agreed to pay $1 million in penalties, serve 2 years of probation and testify in future trials against Edwards.
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1998 Oct 9
Ricky Shetler, a Louisiana casino consultant, pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to funnel $500,000 in cash and material goods to former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his son Stephen beginning in 1993.
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1998 Oct 22
In Croatia a 2nd clerk revealed that Pres. Franco Tudjmans wife, Ankica Tudjman, had deposited nearly $300,000 into her bank account over the last 2 years. Robert Horvat and Ankica Lepej were to be indicted for violating bank secrecy laws. Mrs. Tudjman was a pensioner who ran a childrens charity.
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1998 Nov 2
In Malaysia the sex-and-politics trial of Anwar Ibrahim began.
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1998 Nov 6
Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (71) was charged in a 34-count federal indictment for trying to steer gambling licenses to associates in exchange for payoffs after he left office in 1996.
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1998 Nov 8
Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., predicted he would succeed Newt Gingrich as House Speaker. He was elected to the post but resigned before taking office after admitting to marital infidelities.
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1998 Nov 17
In Russia agents of the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported under cover that they had received orders to kill billionaire businessman Boris Berezovsky, and that they were threatened with punishment if they spoke out.
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1998 Nov 23
In Mexico City detectives arrested 44 city officers on charges that included, murder, rape, extortion and abuse of power under orders by Police Chief Alejandro Gertz Manero, who took office in August.
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1998 Nov 26
In Zimbabwe former Pres. Canaan Banana was convicted of 11 sex charges that included sodomy and homosexual assault against aide Jefta Dube. He jumped bail and fled to Botswana and then South Africa.
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1998 Dec 2
In Nigeria the military government uncovered a $2 billion fraud by members of Abachas family involving overpayment to Russia for a steel project.
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1998 Dec 19
Rep. Bob Livingston of Louisiana resigned as speaker-designate of the House. He had earlier admitted to being unfaithful to his wife.
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1999 Feb 4
Philippine Pres. Estrada signed a document as Jose Velarde to withdraw $10 million from an undeclared account. In 2000 Clarissa Ocampo, vice president of Equitable Bank, testified to the false papers before an impeachment court.
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1999 Feb 19
The Ukraine Parliament withdrew the immunity of former prime minister Lazarenko and issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of embezzlement and misuse of government funds.
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1999 Feb 22
Governor elections in Quintana Roo, Mexico, were held to replace Gov. Mario Villanueva, whose term was scheduled to end Apr 5. Federal authorities wished to charge the governor with drug money laundering, but he was immune while holding office. His Swiss bank account was said to hold $73 million. The PRI won the statehouse with just over 43% of the vote. In Hidalgo the PRI took the governorship with a 50% of the vote. Joaquin Hendricks won the election in Quintana Roo.
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1999 Mar 15
All 20 members of the EU executive body, the European Commission also called "the college," resigned in the wake of charges of fraud, corruption and mismanagement.
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1999 Apr 13
In Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim was convicted on 4 charges of corruption by High Court Judge Augustine Paul. He was sentenced to 6 years on each charge with the sentences to run concurrently.
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1999 Apr 27
A federal grand jury indicted ten top political figures in Arkansas for corruption. Nick Wilson, the senior state senator, was indicted as the ring leader of a group that diverted state money.
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1999 May 11
In Russia the lower house set impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin to begin the next day.
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1999 May 13
In Russia the lower house opened impeachment proceedings against Pres. Yeltsin. Charges included instigating the 1991 Soviet collapse; improper use of force against hard-line lawmakers in 1993; launching the 1994-1996 war in Chechnya; ruining the military; and imposing economic policies that impoverished the country.
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1999 May 15
In Russia the Communist-led drive to impeach Pres. Yeltsin failed as nearly 100 members stayed away from the balloting.
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1999 Aug 17
In Bosnia the Office of the High Representative, an int'l. agency for carrying out aspects of the Dayton peace agreement, reported that as much as a billion dollars disappeared from public funds from int'l. aid projects. Losses were triggered when USAID called in loans from the Bosnia and Herzegovina Bank that could not be covered.
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1999 Aug 19
In Indonesia the government launched an inquiry over $80 million in government funds funneled by Bank Bali directors to PT Era Giat Prima, a finance and debt-collection company controlled by a senior official of the Golkar Party.
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1999 Aug 22
In Switzerland the chief of the secret service was suspended amid reports that he had embezzled millions of dollars and was using the money to assemble a private army. Accountant Dino Bellasi was accused of embezzling $6 million from the Defense Ministry and used the money to train a secret army.
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1999 Aug 27
In Russia investigators suspected that at least 12 current or former Russian officials had diverted $15 billion in IMF funds through 2 NY banks. It was reported that an estimated $10 billion left the country illegally each year.
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1999 Sep 3
In Russia Boris Yeltsin and his daughters were reported to be under investigation for taking bribes from Mabetex, an Italian firm that renovated the Kremlin.
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1999 Sep 22
In Brazil the Chamber of Deputies voted 394 to 41 to expel Hildebrando Pascoal, a 1st term congressman from Acre state, for "lack of parliamentary decorum." Hildebrando was accused of torture, mass murder and int'l. drug trafficking but had been immune due to his congressional status. Pascoal surrendered to federal police the next day.
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1999 Nov 2
In France the Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the finance minister, resigned in a corruption scandal.
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1999
In the Philippines Pres. Estrada pocketed a $3.7 million commission from a state pension investment brokered by Jaime Dichaves.
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1999
2003
The US Volcker report of 2005 said that Australia's wheat exporter, AWB Ltd., paid over $221 million during this period to the Jordanian company, Alia, and that some of the money was for the benefit of the Iraqi government. During this period AWB sold over $2.3 billion in wheat to Iraq. In 2006 11 former executives faced prosecution for illegal kickbacks from Iraq.
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1999
In India Jessica Lall, a young New Delhi bartender, was shot and killed by Manu Sharma (24), after she refused him a drink at closing time. On Feb 21, 2006, Sharma the son of a powerful and wealthy politician with interests in sugar mills, and 8 friends were acquitted. Protesters took to the streets, holding candlelight vigils and waving signs calling for justice; officials from the president to the capital's police chief called for a review of the investigation. Courts convicted Sharma in 2006 and sentenced him to life in prison. In 2011 the Hindi film No One Killed Jessica was based on this story.
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1999
In Ireland a corruption tribunal identified over $10 million in lavish gifts that former PM Haughey had received from businessmen and the way his bank had cancelled a large chunk of his overdraft.
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2000 Jan 20
In Israel the attorney general called for a criminal investigation into possible tax evasion by Pres. Ezer Weizman. Weizman was reported to have accepted $453,465 from Edouard Saroussi, a French executive, from 1988 to 1993.
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2000 Jan 21
In China it was reported that some 700 investigators had gathered over the last 2 months in Xiamen, formerly called Amoy, to investigate corruption and the smuggling of some $9.5 billion worth of goods.
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