|US: Concrete contractor cuts deal with prosecutors|
by Jaxon Van Derbeken, San Francisco Chronicle
June 1st, 2008
Substandard concrete from Ramirez's now-defunct company was poured into a half-mile stretch of the Bay Bridge's rebuilt western approach. Inferior, less-durable material also was used on a retrofit project at the Golden Gate Bridge, a wastewater treatment plant in Burlingame, the new parking garage in Golden Gate Park, the Municipal Railway's Third Street light-rail line and other projects.
|FRANCE: Ex-EADS chief charged in French probe|
by INGRID ROUSSEAU, Associated Press
May 30th, 2008
A former co-CEO of Airbus parent company EADS, Noel Forgeard, was hit with preliminary insider trading charges Friday in an extensive probe into stock sales by more than a dozen former and current executives at the European planemaker.
|GERMANY: Ex-Manager Tells of Bribery at Siemens|
by CARTER DOUGHERTY, The New York Times
May 27th, 2008
A former manager of Siemens, the European engineering company, testified Monday about an intricate system of slush funds and bribery at the company as the first trial on allegations of corporate corruption in Germany began.
|GERMANY: Phone Giant in Germany Stirs a Furor|
by MARK LANDLER, The New York Times
May 27th, 2008
Germany was engulfed in a national furor over threats to privacy on Monday, after an admission by Deutsche Telekom that it had surreptitiously tracked thousands of phone calls to identify the source of leaks to the news media about its internal affairs.
|US: Eight ex-AOL executives charged with fraud|
by Joanna Chung in New York and Richard Waters in San Francisco, The Financial Times
May 20th, 2008
US regulators on Monday announced fraud charges stemming indirectly from the merger of Time Warner and AOL, the largest union in US corporate history and a symbol of the dotcom boom and bust of the early part of this decade.
|US: BAE chief detained as US turns up heat in bribes case|
by Nick Clark and Stephen Foley, The Independent (U.K.)
May 19th, 2008
BAE Systems admitted yesterday that American authorities investigating corruption claims over an arms deal with Saudi Arabia had issued a series of subpoenas to senior executives, as the investigation continues to gather pace. Two bosses of the defence giant were also detained after they landed at a Houston airport last week
|RUSSIA: As Gazprom Goes, So Goes Russia|
by Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times
May 11th, 2008
Gazprom and the Russian government have long had a close relationship, but the revolving door between them is spinning especially fast this year. But Gazprom also epitomizes the risks of state capitalism: waste and inefficiency.
|NIGERIA: Ex-Halliburton unit in bribery probe|
by Michael Peel in London and Matthew Green in Lagos, The Financial Times
May 9th, 2008
US anti-bribery investigators are targeting a former Halliburton subsidiary over its work on a key Royal Dutch Shell project in Nigeria, widening a corruption probe into the country’s troubled oil industry.
|MEXICO: Pemex Oozes Corruption|
by Diego Cevallos , IPS
May 7th, 2008
Funds belonging to the Mexican state oil monopoly, Pemex, have paid in recent years for liposuction treatment for the wife of the company's chief executive, a presidential candidate's campaign, contracts with firms facing legal action, and the whims of trade union leaders who are not required to account for their expenses.
|UK: Retailers in tobacco price probe|
April 25th, 2008
n the case of Gallaher, Imperial Tobacco, Asda, Sainsbury, Shell, Somerfield and Tesco, there was an indirect exchange of proposed future retail prices between competitors, it adds, allegedly between 2001 and 2003.
|US: Report Finds Air Force Officers Steered Contract|
by Josh White, Washington Post
April 18th, 2008
It was during that meeting in November 2005, according to the 251-page report, obtained by The Washington Post, that a controversial $50 million contract was awarded to a company that barely existed in an effort to reward a recently retired four-star general and a millionaire civilian pilot who had grown close to senior Air Force officials and the Thunderbirds.