graft and conflicts of interest

FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, actress Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. In a court filing on Monday, April 8, 2019, Huffman agreed to plead guilty in the cheating scam. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 08, 2019 - 12:36 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on court proceedings in the college bribery scandal (all times local): 3:35 p.m. Actress Felicity Huffman is apologizing for taking part in the college admissions bribery scheme. The "Desperate Housewives" star said in a prepared statement Monday she accepts full...
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This March 20, 2019, photo shows a home that once belonged to Peter Brand in Needham, Mass. Harvard University says it has launched an independent review of a real estate transaction involving Brand, its longtime fencing coach, and a man whose son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. Brand in 2016 sold his three-bedroom, suburban Boston home, which was assessed at the time for $549,300, to Jie Zhao for nearly $1 million, The Boston Globe reported. Zhao never lived in the home and took a steep loss when he sold it 17 months later. (Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via AP)
April 05, 2019 - 11:27 am
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University says it is reviewing a real estate transaction involving its longtime fencing coach and a man whose son was later admitted to the school and joined the team. Claudine Gay, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, said it was the school's "current understanding"...
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April 05, 2019 - 10:32 am
MIAMI (AP) — A federal jury on Friday convicted a Florida health care executive on 20 criminal counts in what prosecutors described as a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme. Jurors reached a partial verdict after four days of deliberating the fate of Philip Esformes in one of the biggest such cases in...
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In this March 12, 2019 photo, William "Rick" Singer, front, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, exits federal court in Boston after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, where ringers were hired to take SAT tests and proctors paid to look the other way. The scandal is fueling deeper concerns about the fairness of using SAT and ACT tests to determine college admission. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 05, 2019 - 3:08 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The college bribery scandal is bringing new attention to the debate over using standardized test scores to judge applicants. Numerous colleges have made SAT and ACT scores optional, with leaders saying they want to increase equity and diversity. David Hawkins of the National...
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FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor leaves federal court in Boston. He is one of four former company executives accused of scheming to bribe doctors into prescribing a powerful fentanyl painkiller. Lawyers are delivering their closing arguments Thursday, April 4, 2019, in the trial. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
April 04, 2019 - 3:13 pm
BOSTON (AP) — In a scheme to get doctors to write prescriptions in exchange for cash, a wealthy drug company founder put patients at risk to guarantee his business' success, a federal prosecutor told jurors Thursday in his closing arguments in the closely-watched trial. Meanwhile, an attorney for...
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People photograph actress Lori Loughlin as she arrives at federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
April 03, 2019 - 5:06 pm
BOSTON (AP) — A packaged-food entrepreneur from California became the first of the 33 parents charged in the college bribery scandal to agree to plead guilty, disclosing the deal Wednesday as Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appeared in court along with some of the other...
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, center, walks into a courtroom at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, April 3, 2019. Najib appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 03, 2019 - 12:35 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)
April 02, 2019 - 10:55 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes and investment firm founder Greg Lindberg are among four people facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges. In federal indictments, prosecutors say that in a series of clandestine meetings in closed restaurants and small airport...
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FILE - In this June 3, 2017 file photo North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention at the Wilmington Convention Center in Wilmington, N.C. Hayes won't seek re-election to the post after all, the former congressman announced Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Spencer, File)
April 02, 2019 - 3:14 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The chairman of North Carolina's Republican Party, an insurance magnate and two of his associates are facing federal charges for a plan to shower the state's top insurance regulator with campaign contributions to ensure special business treatment, a criminal indictment unsealed...
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FILE - This combination photo shows actress Lori Loughlin at the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening event in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 27, 2018, left, and actress Felicity Huffman at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, 2018. Loughlin and Huffman are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal. Both have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and are scheduled to make their initial appearances in Boston federal court. (AP Photo, File)
April 02, 2019 - 9:11 am
BOSTON (AP) — A wide-ranging college admissions cheating scheme allowed wealthy parents not only to get their kids into sought-after schools but to write off the bribes on their taxes, federal authorities say. Now some parents who are already facing possible prison time could be hit with additional...
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