December, 22 2018 (Buenos Aires Times) Argentina’s endemic corruption faces its biggest challenge yet, at least since the return of democracy in 1983 after the brutal last military dictatorship. Yet, the so-called ‘notebooks’ corruption case remains deeply divisive – especially as the potential side-effects include a fivepercent contraction in economic output given the potential standstill [...]
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December, 26 2018 (Reuters) BRASILIA - Brazil’s Prosecutor General Raquel Dodge on Wednesday charged President Michel Temer with corruption and money laundering uncovered in an investigation into graft related to port concessions, according to a statement from her office. Temer, who leaves office on Jan. 1, is under investigation for allegedly taking bribes in exchange [...]
December, 26 2018 (Reuters) GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Guatemala has taken steps to expel 11 foreign investigators for a U.N.-backed anti-corruption body from the country, it said on Tuesday, further stripping power from the group whose leader was forced out by President Jimmy Morales several months ago. The International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, or [...]
December, 17 2018 (Buenos Aires Times) A Colombian court has fined Brazilian multinational Odebrecht more than US$250 million and banned it from tendering for state contracts for 10 years after finding it guilty of corruption to secure contracts. The Brazilian firm has acknowledged being at the center of a massive graft scandal, handing out more [...]
December, 26 2018 (The Guardian) Federal prosecutors in Brazil have filed corruption charges against two former executives from commodities multinational Trafigura, a former executive at Petrobras and a middleman, over $1.5m allegedly paid in bribes for oil trading operations. In a 146-page indictment, prosecutors in Curitiba in the southern state of Paraná said that former [...]
December, 9 2018 (Forbes) Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, an annual commemoration of passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption fifteen years ago. In honor of the occasion, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) has published an important, practical and prescriptive report with recommendations for every sector of society from government to individuals on innovative and [...]
December, 10 2018 (France 24) The brother and father of Argentina's President Mauricio Macri are to testify in court this week over their alleged involvement in a huge kickbacks scandal known as the "corruption notebooks" case, reports said Monday. Franco and Gianfranco Macri are to testify on Thursday in a Buenos Aires court over the [...]
December, 10 2018 (ABC News) Voters in Peru have sent a decisive message to the nation's politicians: Push through measures to stamp out corruption. Official returns released Monday show that voters overwhelmingly favored three of the four proposals in a referendum on anti-corruption measures. Over 12 million Peruvians voted Sunday in favor of prohibiting legislators [...]
December, 7 2018 (Miami Herald) A foreign banker sentenced to three years in prison for his key role in moving stolen Venezuelan treasury funds to South Florida was ordered by a federal judge Thursday to pay $38 million to the U.S. government. Gabriel Arturo Jimenez Aray, 50, who operated a bank in the Dominican Republic [...]
December, 12 2018 (Bloomberg) One of the biggest corruption scandals in Colombian history took a new turn on Tuesday as a billionaire’s banking group said the investigation has spread to the U.S. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. said in a filing that it received an inquiry from the U.S. Department of Justice over its [...]
December, 10 2018 (New York Times) For a moment, the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, seemed like it might turn into a kind of truth-and-reconciliation commission that would reveal, not only the details about the defendant’s life of crime, but also secrets about narco-corruption in Mexico. But [...]
December, 10 2018 (Washington Post) MEXICO CITY — A new Mexican president takes office Saturday riding a wave of anti-corruption furor, part of a backlash against graft that is shattering traditional political systems across Latin America and opening the door to anti-establishment leaders. Corruption scandals and judicial investigations are bringing about the most profound reform [...]