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    The ex-boyfriend of Vladimir Putin's alleged mistress is being hunted by the Russian president's personal CIA. Former police captain Shalva Museliana, 52, dated Olympic gymnast and ex-MP Alina Kabaeva. Ms Kabaeva today celebrates her 39th birthday in Sochi, where Putin is visiting. She has been Putin's alleged mistress since 2008, when she served in the Duma. Colonel Museliana is accused by the Russian Investigative Committee of 'theft of state funds' linked to a series of sabotage Arctic ports. Colonel Museliana (left) is pictured in public with then-girlfriend Alina Kabaeva (right) Putin hosted journalists at the Kremlin shortly after Kabaeva's Olympic gold success in 2004 The fugitive's alleged crimes came when he served as a colonel in charge of 'anti-criminal security measures' in the Russian national guard, a force that reports directly to Putin. The Russian Investigative Committee is led by a university classmate of Putin's. Ms Kabaeva's former boyfriend faces jail if located in his foreign hideaway and extradited to Moscow. He was married with a young daughter when he embarked on a relationship with Kabaeva in the early 2000s,...
    (CBS Detroit) — A former officer with the Hamtramck Police Department is facing a bribery charge after he was accused of taking cash and a vehicle from a towing company operator in exchange for information from the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN). According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the charge against Michael Stout, 60, of St. Clair Shores, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. READ MORE: Detroit Police: 2 Men Arrested, Accused Of Running Chop Shop In DetroitStout left the department in 2020. He is the sixth person charged as part of “Operation Northern Hook,” which is an investigation within the government and the Detroit Police Department related to the towing industry. READ MORE: Michigan Reports 1,842 New COVID-19 Cases, 68 DeathsFederal officials say Stout accepted a vehicle and $1,500 in cash from the operator. In return, Stout provided information from LEIN, which is a restricted law enforcement database. Officials say in one instance, Stout allegedly called “an unwitting employee to search LEIN so Stout could provide the vehicle’s registration information to...
    A former Montebello police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday, Sept. 7, to a federal bribery charge for accepting at least $14,000 to escort illegal drug shipments and access federal databases, enabling a gang member to avoid detection by law enforcement. Former Officer Rudolph Petersen, 34, faces up to 10 years in prison during a sentencing hearing scheduled for Jan. 11 before U.S. District Court Judge Stanley Blumenfeld Jr. Petersen remains free on bond. Michael Chee, a spokesman for the Montebello Police Department, declined to comment regarding Petersen’s guilty plea. “We were not aware of the federal charges being pursued against him,” he said Tuesday. Petersen worked for the Montebello Police Department from September 2016 to August 2020. In mid-2018, an unidentified gang member had dinner with Petersen, whom he knew was a Montebello police officer and had access to federal law enforcement investigative records, according to a plea agreement. The gang member told Petersen he could put him on his payroll and, at the end of the meal, provided the officer $500 through an intermediary to “juice” him up. Then, in...
    CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Chicago’s police superintendent is recommending the firing of a sergeant accused of taking a bribe from a diver. According to a charge document filed with the Chicago Police Board, Marine Unit Sgt. Eduardo Beltran in April 2017 accepted a $1,000 bribe from diver Yohei Yamada. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: New Cases And Hospitalizations Still Falling, Even As Vaccination Rate Has Been Cut In Half Since Mid-April The alleged payoff gave Yamada access to the Chicago Harbor Lock to recover a lost boat propeller for a client. Beltran allowed use of police equipment to recover the propeller. READ MORE: More Regal Theaters Reopen After Being Shuttered By The Pandemic Beltran allegedly covered up the incident by approving a false dive report written by Officer Michael Michalik. A police spokesman says Michalik has resigned, and Beltran has been suspended without pay. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MORE NEWS: Metra Slowly Adjusting Service As Commuters Return, City Reopens  
    UPDATE: Not only did Mary Dougherty lose a Morris County freeholder election three years ago. She also admitted Friday that she accepted an illegal $10,000 contribution to the failed campaign. What Dougherty didn’t know at the time was that the contributor was working for state prosecutors. Dougherty, 60, of Morristown was one of five politicos from Morris and Hudson counties snared in the sting, which targeted what state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal called “old school” New Jersey corruption. Rather than go to trial, she took a deal from the government, pleading guilty Friday via tele-conference with a judge in Morristown to filing a false report with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). In exchange, prosecutors dropped a bribery charge and will recommend that Dougherty be sentenced to probation. She also must forfeit the 10 grand to the state, under the terms of the deal. “Mary has accepted responsibility for an error in judgment today, and is looking forward to moving forward,” her attorney, Matthew Beck, later told Morristown Green. “This action on Mary’s part brings her closer...
    A city Department of Buildings inspector has been charged with taking a $1,200 bribe to not issue a $25,000 fine, Brooklyn federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Inspector Francesco Ginestri, 36, faces one count each of bribe receiving and bribery, according to a federal criminal complaint. “A building inspector who was entrusted with protecting public safety at city construction sites, instead exploited his position to line his pockets with a cash bribe,” Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement. On July 6, 2020, the DOB issued a stop work order at a construction site in Flushing, Queens. After a re-inspection later that month, Ginestri rescinded the stop work order. During a chat with the site supervisor and an unnamed construction worker, Ginestri bizarrely held up a piece of paper in the palm of his hand with a handwritten question, asking whether building had continued during the stop work order. The site supervisor admitted that it had. Ginestri told him he could face a $25,000 fine for the violation — but not to worry as they could reach an agreement....
    More On: bribery China executes former bank chief in bribery case Disgraced FIFA exec extradited to New York to face bribery charges Cuomo trashes a Trump pardon of crooked ex-Assembly boss Sheldon Silver Deutsche Bank reportedly set to OK $100M payout over bribery charges A city Department of Buildings inspector has been charged with taking a $1,200 bribe to not issue a $25,000 fine, Brooklyn federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. Inspector Francesco Ginestri, 36, faces one count each of bribe receiving and bribery, according to a federal criminal complaint. “A building inspector who was entrusted with protecting public safety at city construction sites, instead exploited his position to line his pockets with a cash bribe,” Acting US Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a statement. On July 6, 2020, the DOB issued a stop work order at a construction site in Flushing, Queens. After a re-inspection later that month, Ginestri rescinded the stop work order. During a chat with the site supervisor and an unnamed construction worker, Ginestri bizarrely held up a piece of paper in the palm of his hand...
    A US Customs and Border Protection officer checks a passport at the Mexico-US border. Omar Martínez/picture alliance via Getty Images A border officer will spend 30 months in prison for smuggling a convicted felon into the US. Jose Fuentes pleaded guilty to taking $6,000 from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Villa, who had been deported. The DOJ said Fuentes previously abused his power to smuggle undocumented immigrants over the border. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A US Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for taking a bribe at the US-Mexico border, according to the Department of Justice. Jose Rosalio Fuentes, 58, plead guilty in February 2020 to accepting $6,000 bribe from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Villa, a convicted and deported felon. At the time of the incident, Fuentes was a canine officer operating in Nogales, Arizona. According to sentencing filings from the District of Arizona, an unidentified person first messaged Fuentes and inquired about what would happen if Gonzalez-Villa, who had several warrants out for his arrest, turned himself in at the border.  Prosecutors allege...
    A 55-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes while serving as a building inspector in Dutchess County. John J. Fenton, of Wappinger, was arrested on Friday, Dec. 11, by state police for allegedly receiving bribes while working as a building inspector, said Trooper AJ Hicks. According to Hicks, Fenton was arrested after state police received a complaint while he was employed as the Town of Red Hook building inspector and zone/code enforcement officer. Fenton was charged with: Bribe receiving Two counts of coercion Official misconduct Fenton was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Dutchess County Court on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Anyone not yet interviewed that may have possible information regarding official misconduct by Fenton is asked to please contact the State Police at (845) 677-7300. Please refer to case# 9521280.
    ZAGREB (Reuters) - Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was sentenced on Friday to eight years in prison for creating slush funds for his conservative HDZ party by taking money from public companies via a marketing agency. Sanader denied corruption charges in the case and is expected to appeal his conviction to a higher court. It was a retrial of a case for which Sanader had already been jailed for nine years in 2013 but whose verdict was annulled by the Supreme Court on procedural grounds. Sanader, 67, was prime minister from 2003 to 2009, when he stepped down without giving an explanation. In the re-trial, the presiding judge ruled Sanader had organised a group of people for criminal activity and covering up illegal financial deals, state television reported. His former HDZ party, which is now in power, was fined 3.5 million kuna ($547,071.60) by the court and must also return some 14 million kuna of illegally obtained funds. Sanader is serving a separate prison term after being convicted of taking a bribe in 2008 while arranging for a building...
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former Hudson County roads inspector admitted he iniiated and accepted a bribe to delete any violations he my have issued for a construction project. Barry Smith, 52, of Bayonne, on Thursday pleaded guilty to official misconduct. Smith was arrested in May after the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office investigated what transpired at a construction site in the area of Kennedy Boulevard and 15th Street in Bayonne, authorities said. Officials also alleged Smith had accepted a similar cash payment in December 2019. Prosecutors will recommend Smith receive 3 years in prison and forfeit future public employment when he is sentenced in January. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: New Jersey, Associated Press
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Crestwood Mayor Louis Presta has been indicted on bribery, misconduct, and fraud charges, accusing him of accepting a $5,000 cash bribe from a red light camera company operating cameras in the village. Presta, 69, is charged with three counts of using a facility in interstate commerce in aid of bribery and official misconduct, two counts of willfully filing a false income tax return, one count of willfully failing to file an income tax return and one count of making false statements to the FBI and IRS. The indictment does not identify the red light camera company involved in the case, but published reports state the company is SafeSpeed, which is at the center of a federal investigation that has also led to charges against former State Sen. Martin Sandoval and against Patrick Doherty, once chief of staff to former Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski. According to the indictment, Presta — who has been mayor of Crestwood since 2013 — was caught on a recording accepting an envelope containing $5,000 in cash from a representative of the company...
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal prison guard in Mississippi is accused of taking bribes to get forbidden items to an inmate. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a news release Monday that 28-year-old Wesley Hughes of Greenwood was a guard at the Yazoo City Federal Correction Center during the 11 months covered by the indictment. The federal court indictment handed up July 14 does not say how much money he is accused of taking or what “prohibited objects” he’s accused of passing on between April 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019. Hughes’ arraignment was scheduled Monday in Jackson. Online court records do not show an attorney for him. Yazoo City is about 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of Jackson. Bribery carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. The indictment states that prosecutors plan to ask for forfeiture of all proceeds if Hughes is convicted. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Mississippi
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