John J. O'Brien, the former Massachusetts probation commissioner, has been convicted on racketeering charges for running the state agency "like a criminal enterprise, handing out jobs to the politically powerful for his own personal benefit" as reported by Milton J. Valencia for The Boston Globe.
Earlier this year Gov. Andrew Cuomo abruptly shut down the Moreland Commission which had been impaneled to investigate political corruption in the Empire State, and apparently from the beginning the governor’s office had "deeply compromised the panel's work, objecting whenever the commission focused on groups with ties to Mr. Cuomo or on issues that might reflect poorly on him" as reported by The New York Times. Federal prosecutors now "are investigating the roles of Mr. Cuomo and his aides in the panel's shutdown and are pursuing its unfinished business."
A federal judge has sentenced one-time New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to just ten years in prison after his conviction earlier this year on nearly two dozen bribery and fraud counts as reported by The New York Times. Nagin faced up to twenty years, and federal prosecutors sought at least fifteen. Edward E. Chervenak, a political science professor at the University of New Orleans, said "I think that he got off lightly considering the violations of the public trust." After Hurricane Katrina Nagin infamously promised to rebuild the Big Easy as "a chocolate city," and apparently that rebuilding included lining his own pockets.
Charles Hynes, the political hack who masqueraded for six terms as a district attorney in the banana republic of Brooklyn, NY, improperly used "money seized from drug dealers and other criminal defendants to pay a political consultant more than $200,000 for his work on Mr. Hynes’s unsuccessful re-election campaign last year" according to an investigative report by city investigators which has been referred to the attorney general for possible criminal prosecution on a felony larceny charge as reported by The New York Times.
As the report shows, Hynes erased all the boundaries between being a prosecutor, a pol and a crook. It was all the same thing to him -- it was his personal mafia.
Meanwhile, the disgraced prosecutor is "in hiding" following the report's disclosure as reported by Oren Yaniv for the Daily News: "'he's underground,' said a close confidant of Hynes," and "'he's not talking to anybody.'"
Political corruption and government fraud apparently was their modus operandi.
Italian police have busted sixteen suspected mobsters from the Crea clan -- including mom, dad and the kids -- from the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia as reported by ANSA: "Investigators are probing accusations of pressure against the public administration, extortion, corruption in public bids, and fraud against the European Union."