Anti-Corruption Daily Newsletter for 08/25/2020


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Clooney anti-corruption group blasts N Korea contracts in DR Congo

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

The Sentry anti-corruption group co-founded by Hollywood star George Clooney urged Congolese authorities Wednesday to “annul” contracts with local companies controlled by North Korean citizens apparently flouting international sanctions.
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Invoice Fraud Strikes Amazon In $19M Scam 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

In a case that highlights how anybody — truly, anybody — can be a victim of invoice fraud, federal officials have reportedly charged two brothers in New York State for an alleged $19 million scam targeting Amazon.
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Corruption at All Levels – German Media Says Croatia is Europe’s Problem Child

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

“Violations of the law and corruption are much more common in the EU than is generally known. And this phenomenon is spreading, regardless of whether the heads of the government belong to conservative, social democratic or liberal parties,” writes the conservative newspaper Die Welt, as reported by DW.
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Not a whiff but a cesspool of corruption at PhilHealth

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) no longer sends out a whiff of corruption. The stink there comes from one, big cesspool.
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Arrested Japanese lawmaker Tsukasa Akimoto’s fingerprints found on bribe cash

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

Japanese prosecutors have found new fingerprint evidence suggesting that a lawmaker charged with
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Major corruption scandal in Mexico targets two former presidents and construction giant Odebrecht 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:10 am

A corruption scandal shaking Mexico’s political elite intensified on Thursday as a leaked document containing a raft of allegations raised pressure on several former presidents and senior officials.
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Ethics must not be ignored when testing COVID-19 vaccines

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:09 am

The grassroots organization 1Day Sooner has been asking people to indicate their willingness to volunteer for human challenge studies of COVID-19. Challenge studies, in which healthy people are intentionally exposed to infection, may, they believe, speed vaccine development.
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PwC resigns as auditor of miner Petropavlovsk on governance concerns 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:08 am

PwC has resigned as the auditor of under-fire gold miner Petropavlovsk due to concerns over the firm’s corporate governance after a long-running boardroom battle.
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Money ‘laundering’ also a crime, says BSP

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:06 am

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) warned the public to refrain from washing or soaking banknotes in detergent soaps, bleach, alcohol, and other chemicals that may damage them.
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Ireland Will Transpose Latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Rules Into National Law

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 08:04 am

Cryptocurrency firms in Ireland will soon be regulated in line with the latest European legal framework for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing.
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Over a Billion Android Phones Turned Into Perfect Spying Tools by Security Flaws  

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

Over a billion smartphones are affected by a set of 400 security flaws, turning them into perfect spying tools, Check Point has revealed. The recently discovered vulnerability affects over 40% of Android phones around the world — 90% of them are currently in the US market.
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Firms serve up assistance to UAE food security mission 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:55 am

The UAE has implemented a range of policies, measures and strategies to ensure constant food supplies from abroad and scaled up agricultural production at home – and this is evident as businesses come forward and share their roles in aligning their strategies to boost food and water security.
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Former Uber chief security officer charged with covering up hack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:49 am

Joe Sullivan, the former head of security at Uber has been charged with obstruction of justice and concealing a felony by US prosecutors.
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A Security Flaw In ‘Manage Versions’ Feature Of Google Drive Could Allow Malware Attackers Trick Victims Into Installing Rogue Code

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:48 am

Google Drive may have a way that can allow malware attackers to trick victims to install malware. Malware attackers can exploit an unpatched security flaw in Google Drive to distribute malicious files disguised as legitimate files that will allow attackers to perform spear-phishing attacks. Security researcher A. Nikoci told The Hacker News that a flaw in the manage versions feature in Google Drive can enable threat actors to swap a file with malware. He also reported this
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U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Danske Bank over money laundering scandal 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:41 am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Denmark’s Danske Bank A/S (DANSKE.CO) and four former top executives of defrauding shareholders by hiding and failing to stop widespread money laundering at its former Estonian branch.
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Wife of Ex-California Congressman Sentenced for Corruption

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:40 am

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The wife of former California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was sentenced Monday in U.S. court to eight months of home confinement after pleading guilty to misusing more than $150,000 in campaign funds in a corruption case that ended her husband’s career.
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Iran Leader Calls US Model of Governance ‘Utter Failure’

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:38 am

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks during a video-conference with the Iranian administration on Sunday, at the beginning of the Administration Week in Iran.
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TikTok Sues Trump To Block U.S. Ban 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:37 am

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration arguing that the president’s executive order taking aim at the Chinese-owned app is unconstitutional and should be blocked from taking effect.
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Protests across Latin America reflect a toxic cocktail of pandemic and recession 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:32 am

(CNN)The impact of Covid-19 in Latin America is igniting protests in several countries, as the economic fallout from the pandemic aggravates existing social tensions from the streets of Buenos Aires and Panama City to remote parts of Brazil and Bolivia.
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 The return of rigged elections in Latin America 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:30 am

In 1955 the armed forces overthrew Juan Perón, Argentina’s populist president, driving him into exile. They banned him and his party from the election that eventually followed, a prohibition which remained in effect until 1973. A doddery Perón was then re-elected, but military rule soon returned. Apra, a Peruvian party with tendencies akin to Peronism, was similarly banned for decades. So, during the cold war, were many Communist parties. But with the spread of mass
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How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption in Latin America

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:29 am

Latin America as a region has long had a problem with public corruption, and the coronavirus pandemic has made things worse. As governments shovel public funds to fight the pandemic and its economic fallout, public officials are
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Former Oil Executive Indicted in Bribery Scandal Linked to Venezuela

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:27 am

HOUSTON (CN) — A former Citgo executive received bribe payments of $2.5 million, World Series and Super Bowl tickets from two business partners who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the scam, federal prosecutors claim in an indictment unsealed Thursday.
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Is Daniel Hernandez Colombia’s most corrupt prosecutor in history?

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:24 am

Prosecutor Andres Hernandez must be adored by Colombia’s mafia and corrupt politicians for arresting policemen, losing evidence, allegedly wiretapping at will and not solving one corruption case.
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Damaging Breaches Hit 96% of UK Businesses Last Year

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:12 am

Cyber attacks have hit almost all organisations across the UK in the last year, with 96% of companies reporting that a breach has negatively impacted their business.
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Uber ex-security boss accused of covering up hack attack 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:10 am

Uber’s former chief security officer Joseph Sullivan has been charged with obstruction of justice in the US.
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UK regulator wants crypto firms to share money laundering data 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:09 am

he UK’s top financial regulator wants to force all cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet providers operating in the country to produce reports about potential money laundering.
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Halyna Chyzhyk: Is Zelensky involved in covering up corrupt judges? 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 07:08 am

On July 17, the detectives of the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) conducted searches on the premises of the notorious District administrative court of Kyiv (OASK). The same day NABU published a new portion of the recordings of the head of court Pavlo Vovk. The recordings reveal large-scale crimes supposedly committed by judges. However, instead of immediate suspension of judges from the office and public condemnation of such behavior,  the High Council of Justice (HCJ), which is the main judicial governance body in Ukraine, stands up for dubious judges. Moreover, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova sabotages the investigation, while the Office of President Volodymyr Zelensky makes very poor statements on the case.
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Egypt to join AU anti-corruption convention

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:53 am

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi yesterday ratified a decree under which Cairo would join an African Union (AU) agreement to combat corruption.
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Saudi sacks officials over corruption at tourism projects 

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:52 am

Senior Saudi security commanders were among a string of officials sacked over graft allegations at tourism projects, state media said Friday, in the government’s latest anti-corruption purge.
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‘End of the world’: The countdown to Beirut’s devastating blast

By Anti-Corruption Digest on Aug 25, 2020 06:49 am

BEIRUT (AP) — The 10 firefighters who received the call shortly before 6 p.m. — about a big fire at the nearby port of Beirut — could not know what awaited them.
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