Leland Yee, the former state senator from San Francisco, has pleaded guilty "to one count of racketeering of taking part in a criminal enterprise to use his political position to accept bribes" as reported by KGO.
Malcolm Smith, the one-time majority leader of the New York State Senate, was sentenced yesterday to seven years in a federal prison "for consenting to the payment of tens of thousands of dollars to Republican Party leaders to permit him, as a registered Queens Democrat, to run for mayor in 2013 on their party's line" as reported by Joseph Berger for The New York Times. His co-defendant Vincent Tabone, the former Queens County Republican vice chairman and a real estate lawyer, got 3 1/2 years for "receiving a $25,000 cash bribe in a sport utility vehicle parked outside a Manhattan restaurant by promising to deliver the county's support for Mr. Smith's mayoral bid."
The ongoing investigation into the so-called Mafia Capitale in Rome, Italy has resulted in the arrest of 44 more defendants for their alleged roles in a bribery and bid rigging scheme pursuant to which public money for immigrant services was directed to organized crime as reported by James Dunn for the Daily Mail.
Massimo Carminati, the supposed boss of Mafia Capitale, was among those rounded up last December in the initial bust targeting the alleged racket.
U.S. prosecutors have indicted fourteen defendants including several high-ranking officials from FIFA for their alleged roles in a racketeering enterprise involving "$150 million in bribes and kickbacks spanning two decades in soccer's controversial governing body" as reported by ABC News: "U.S. officials said that one American FIFA official, Charles Blazer, has already pleaded guilty and reportedly wore an undercover wire to record conversations with fellow soccer officials."
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