Corruption

NYC whistleblower accuse Cuomo Bridge builders of safety cover-up

The Mario M. Cuomo bridge construction may not have gone as smoothly as contractors let on, according to whistleblower reports. According to a report by NBC News 4, a former safety inspector and whistleblower alleges that construction contractors covered up potential safety problems...

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 5:38pm

Massachusetts' traditional town meetings are ideal to build anti-corruption movement, organizers say

When many hear the phrase “campaign finance reform,” they probably think of Bernie Sanders talking about “big money” corrupting politics during his bid for the Democratic nominee for president. Though Sanders didn’t win and a billionaire businessman is currently...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:42am

Philly DA Seth Williams pleads not guilty to 23-count indictment

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams appeared in federal court as a criminal defendant Wednesday, and was arraigned on 23 counts of charges that included bribery and extortion.He entered a not guilty plea.Williams left court without commenting to the news media, and has not addressed...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:08am

Federal corruption charges filed against Philadelphia DA

Federal prosecutors filed corruption charges against Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Wednesday.The Inquirerposted the full indictment Tuesday detailing charges against Williams, who was revealed to have failed to report his acceptance of some $160,000 worth of gifts while serving as...

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 12:38pm

Facing 'shame' of financial scandals, DA says he won't seek third term

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams bowed to increasing pressure over his financial indiscretions by announcing on Friday that he will not seek re-election at the end of his current term."I have made regrettable mistakes in my personal life and personal financial life that cast a...

Friday, February 10, 2017 - 8:41pm

Philly DA Seth Williams fined $62K for ethics violations

For receiving $160,050 in unreportedgifts, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams must pay $62,000 in penalties as part of a settlement with the city Ethics Board, the board announced Tuesday. Williams must also pay $2,840 for the value of the prohibited gifts he received, bringing the total...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:46am

Convicted of fraud, ex-Congressman Chaka Fattah faces lengthy sentence

Federal prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of up to 21 years for former Rep. Chaka Fattah, the Philadelphia congressman who was ousted in an April primary and convicted in June for a racketeering scheme.Fattah was found guilty on all 23 counts of racketeering, fraud, bribery, money...

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 10:10pm

State rep. Brian Sims calls inquiry into speaking fees, travel a ‘clickbait smear attempt’

Philly never seems to run out of political corruption stories. But a gay state representative and rising political star recently in the news for receiving $53,000 in speaking fees since his election denies that he is one of them.Democratic state rep. Brian Sims, elected in 2012, bristled at any...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 2:30pm

In about-face, PPA chief booted over sex harassment

Vince Fenerty will leave his role as the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s executive director days after it was revealed he was previously disciplined for the sexual harassment of a female underling, reports said Tuesday.Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) chairman Joe Ashdale ordered Fenerty...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 12:53am

Cuomo's former top aide, eight others charged with corruption

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against nine men, including two former advisers to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a corruption and fraud case involving state contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.The charges followed a federal investigation into...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:54pm

Update: Chaka Fattah to resign immediately

Two days after being convicted of fraud charges by a jury of his peers, Chaka Fattah, Philadelphia's 11-term Democratic congressman,announced his immediate resignation.Fattah sent a letter Thursday to House Speaker Paul Ryan announcing he's leaving his post, after Ryan had previously called...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:16pm

Rep. Chaka Fattah convicted on all charges in fraud and corruption case

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was found guilty Tuesday on corruption charges in federal court, more than eight years after his fundraising for an unsuccessful mayoral campaign in Philadelphia sparked a federal probe.He was convicted on all 23 charges related to racketeering, fraud, bribery, money...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 9:54pm

Corruption charges against police officers 'dishonor' NYPD: Feds

A trio of NYPD officers and a Brooklyn business consultant found themselves in handcuffs Monday morning after federal investigators accused them of a string of alleged public corruption offenses including accepting bribes in return for special police treatment.U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced...

Monday, June 20, 2016 - 11:53pm

NYPD officers charged with assault on postal employee

Two police officers have been indicted on charges stemming from an alleged assault on a uniformed postal worker and a supposed cover-up of the incident.Officers Angelo J. Pampena, 31, and Robert A. Carbone, 29, faced charges on Wednesday related to an October 2015 assault on Karim Baker, who was...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:58pm

Fifth police commander reassigned in NYPD corruption probe

A fifth high-ranking New York City police officer has been reassigned in an unfolding federal investigation into whether officers accepted gifts from businessmen with ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio.The New York City Police Department said that Andrew Capul, a deputy chief, had been transferred to an...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:33pm

High-ranking NYPD officers transferred as corruption probe continues

Four officers have been transferred, and two of those placed on modified duty, as the FBI investigates suspected corruption within the NYPD.Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement that, after a meeting with the FBI’s Assistant Director Diego Rodriguez, the department has transferred...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 12:21am

Mass. corrections officer arrested for trafficking heroin

A corrections officer at MCI-Bridgewater was arrested late Tuesday afternoon after state police caught him attempting to sell heroin in an undercover operation.Stephen Lebreux, 40, a resident of Swansea, was arrested in Somerset after 4 p.m. on Tuesday following a weeks-long investigation,...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 9:51pm

Rikers guard busted for raping, providing pot to inmate

Charges of rape, conspiring to smuggle marijuana and misconduct have been filed against one Rikers Island correction officer who said she was tricked into romance with an inmate.Nicole Bartley, a probationary correction officer, was charged Sunday, becoming the 26th Rikers officer to be charged...

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:39pm

Guard charged with drug dealing at NJ youth jail

A senior corrections officer and his stepfather have been arrested on charges of marijuana dealing, bribery and money laundering at a New Jersey correctional facility.Nickoy Ellis, 31, and his stepfather Kingsley Ellis, 51, are scheduled to appear in Hunterdon County court on Friday facing...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 11:20pm

Indicted congressman's lawyers ask court to let them quit after receiving no dollars

Embattled congressman Chaka Fattah has another day to add to his collectionof terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days.Today, news broke that his lawyers want to quit – because they say they've not received a dime from him.The Legal Intelligencerexplained that the law firm of Mincey &...

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 3:17am