graft and conflicts of interest

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents face new charges in the college admissions scandal. Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, that the parents were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
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October 22, 2019 - 5:19 pm
BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and nine other parents faced new federal charges Tuesday as prosecutors pressured them to acknowledge their guilt in a scheme involving dozens of wealthy parents accused of bribing their children into...
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, as he is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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October 18, 2019 - 5:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent told impeachment investigators this week that he had raised concerns in 2015 about Hunter Biden, the son of then-Vice President Joe Biden, working with a Ukrainian gas company. Kent told lawmakers investigating President Donald Trump...
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FILE - In this March 29, 2019, file photo, Robert Flaxman, founder and CEO of Crown Realty & Development, leaves the federal courthouse in Boston after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Flaxman is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Oct. 18. (Nicolaus Czarnecki//The Boston Herald via AP, File)
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October 18, 2019 - 6:04 am
BOSTON (AP) — A California real estate developer is returning to court to face sentencing for his role in a college admissions bribery scheme. Robert Flaxman is scheduled to appear in Boston's federal court Friday. The 63-year-old Los Angeles resident pleaded guilty in May to a single count of...
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October 17, 2019 - 6:49 am
GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities have ordered commodities trading company Gunvor to pay nearly 94 million Swiss francs (dollars) in compensation and fines after being convicted of failing to prevent its representatives from bribing public officials to gain access to oil markets in Congo and Ivory...
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FILE - This Sept. 13, 2019 file photo shows actress Felicity Huffman leaving federal court after her sentencing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal in Boston. A representative for Huffman says she reported to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Last month a federal judge in Boston sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, 250 hours of community service and a year's probation after she pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT answers. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
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October 15, 2019 - 6:26 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman — aka inmate No. 77806-112 — reported Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top...
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President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters during an event on "transparency in Federal guidance and enforcement" in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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October 11, 2019 - 11:51 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said that lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars...
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Gregory Abbott, far left, and his wife Marcia, far right, get into a car as they leave federal court after their sentencing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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October 08, 2019 - 6:05 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A business executive and his wife, a former journalist, were each sentenced to a month in prison Tuesday for paying $125,000 to rig their daughter's college entrance exams in a scandal involving dozens of wealthy and sometimes famous parents. Gregory and Marcia Abbott, of New York and...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019 file photo, actor Jussie Smollett smiles and waves to supporters before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, in Chicago. A Chicago judge is expected to decide whether to let a former U.S. attorney stay on as special prosecutor examining the dismissal of charges against actor Smollett. The hearing Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, comes after Dan Webb revealed he co-hosted a fundraiser for Kim Foxx during her 2016 run for Chicago’s top prosecutor job. Her office in March abruptly dropped charges accusing Smollett of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
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October 04, 2019 - 3:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge decided Friday to keep a special prosecutor looking into why the state's attorney's office abruptly dismissed charges against actor Jussie Smollett, finding there's "no indication he harbors any bias." Judge Michael Toomin's decision came after former U.S. Attorney...
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Former amateur basketball league director Merl Code leaves federal court after sentencing, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in New York. Code was sentenced to three months in prison for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that focused on NBA-bound athletes. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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October 04, 2019 - 12:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An amateur coach has been sentenced to three months in prison for his role in a college basketball bribery scheme that focused on NBA-bound athletes. Merl Code was sentenced Friday at a federal court in New York. Code was convicted in May of conspiring to pay thousands of dollars in...
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In this Aug. 23, 2019 photo, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb takes the oath of special prosecutor before Judge Michael Toomin, during an status hearing concerning actor Jussie Smollett at the Leighton Criminal Court building, in Chicago. The latest twist in the Jussie Smollett saga is the revelation of a possible conflict of interest by the special prosecutor investigating why prosecutors dropped charges accusing the actor of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself. Dan Webb disclosed this week he once co-hosted a political fundraiser for a figure central to his investigation, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx. A Cook County judge must now decide if bias or the appearance of bias renders Webb's position untenable.(Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
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October 02, 2019 - 7:49 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge could decide this week whether the special prosecutor investigating possible conflicts of interest in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case has a conflict himself, the latest twist in a saga marked by turns and reversals since the “Empire” actor reported a racist,...
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