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ON THE MONEY TRAIL: Corruption in the news - Dec. 28

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:15 GMT
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NEW DELHI — He was supposed to be a faceless accountant, but he has become a household name in India and perhaps the central actor in India’s battle against corruption, the Washington Post reports. The slim, silver-haired Vinod Rai is the government’s chief auditor, a man appointed on the recommendation of the prime minister more than five years ago. Now he has turned into one of the government’s greatest scourges, a hero to many but a source of controversy to others. Rai’s reports have accused the government of losing tens of billions of dollars of potential revenue.

NAIROBI - A potential loss of 1.2 billion Kenyan shillings in corrupt deals involving six public institutions has been averted, according to the annual report by the anti-graft commission, the Daily Nation reports.  The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission also said it traced four illegally acquired assets with an estimated value of 126.5 million Kenyan shillings, to mark some of its key successes in the fight against corruption.

MONTREAL - A man who helped blow the lid off of years of corruption in Quebec says one major chore remains in 2013 if Montrealers want their city to have a chance at a squeaky-clean slate, the Globe and Mail reports.  Every single elected official who has been around Montreal city hall for more than a few years must be thrown out of office, says André Cédilot, a long-time crime writer who first blew the whistle on corruption in the greater Montreal region in the early 1990s. He was also responsible for some of the more recent major scoops that led to the Charbonneau Commission and the establishment of an anti-corruption police unit.

TRENTON, N.J. — The last of a group of rabbis arrested in New Jersey's largest-ever corruption sting was sentenced Thursday, in a case that sent shockwaves through Orthodox Jewish enclaves from the Jersey Shore to Brooklyn, the Associated Press reports.  Lavel Schwartz was one of five rabbis and more than 40 people arrested in July 2009 in a massive money-laundering and political corruption sting that included Jewish leaders, New Jersey politicians and a man convicted of trafficking in human organs. Schwartz was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Trenton to 12 months and one day in prison.

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