Romania: Ex-Minister Detained on Corruption Charges

Prosecutors have detained a former Romanian tourism minister and presidential candidate on charges of money laundering and influence peddling.

A lawyer confirmed that center-right politician Elena Udrea, who finished fourth in November’s presidential election, was detained for 24 hours late Tuesday after she entered the anti-corruption prosecutor’s office to answer charges.

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Former Venezuelan judge sentenced to nearly 7 years in Miami drug case

MIAMI (Reuters) – A former Venezuelan judge was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison in US court in Miami yesterday after being accused of taking bribes from a South American drug cartel boss.

Benny Palmeri-Bacchi pleaded guilty in November to money laundering, extortion and conspiring to obstruct justice.

Prosecutors agreed to seek a lenient sentence for his cooperation with a US push against prominent Venezuelan officials suspected of assisting Colombian drug traffickers.

“I feel very remorseful and I ask for mercy,” he told US Judge Ursula Ungaro in Spanish, speaking through an English translator.

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Before he died, a former head of Goldman Sachs warned the governor about corruption in New York

Before he died on Feb. 7, former Goldman Sachs cochair John Whitehead was really worried about corruption at the highest levels of New York state government.

In a letter written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Whitehead had expressed concern that the office of the attorney general was abusing its power and violating ethics in going after business leaders, Business Insider has learned.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/goldman-chair-writes-anticorruption-letter-2015-2#ixzz3RMpQu4dz

Cuomo: I’m as responsible for ex-speaker’s actions as Obama is for Weiner’s sexting scandal

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he can’t be blamed for the corruption charges that prompted state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to resign any more than President Barack Obama can be blamed for former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.

The governor says in a profile in The New Yorker published online Monday the charges against Silver relate to the acts of an individual legislator.

The Democratic governor defended his decision to disband a commission investigating government corruption, saying in that exchange lawmakers passed modest ethics reforms and prosecutors obtained the commission’s files anyway.

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