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News:

Chicago: Mid-level manager gets 10 years in prison for Red-Light Camera scheme Governing

New York: Silver, like Skelos, can remain free while appealing graft conviction NYT (CAPI mention)

Mississippi: Prison contract bribery trial of ex-lawmaker's wife delayed Washington Times

Brazil: 3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption Washington Post

Brazil: Dilma Rousseff impeached by Brazilian senate The Guardian

Italy: Top anti-corruption magistrate warns of mafia and corruption risks in earthquake reconstruction CNN

Greece: Crackdown underway on 'Triangle of Corruption' in TV NYT

Egypt: Government complicit in wheat corruption - Parliamentary report Reuters

Kenya: Missing Olympian uniforms found in anti-corruption raid of Kenyan headquarters Nine News

Tunisia: Anti-corruption commission reveals $1B 'drained' from state budget Middle East Monitor
 


Other Views:

Italy's tragic failure on earthquake preparedness NYT

All corruption is local in Philadelphia The Hill
 

Scholarship:

Do government audits reduce corruption? Estimating the impacts of exposing corrupt politicians National Bureau of Economic Research
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What is Asset Tracing?


A primer on "following the money."

Simply put, asset tracing is the process by which investigators "follow the money." It forms an integral part of any white collar case by providing corroborating evidence, generating new leads, and identifying ill-gotten gains subject to forfeiture. 



This technique is especially vital in public corruption cases like the successful prosecution of former New York State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver.



Our latest brief lays out the basics of asset tracing, best practices for identifying illegal assets, and resources available to investigators. 

This brief was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.    

Corruption Watch

 
"The public hates the notion that these corrupt officials, who have been convicted, still get their public pensions," said Executive Director Jennifer Rodgers of disgraced politicians Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos this past Monday on MetroFocus.

Rodgers again appeared on the program for its ongoing "Corruption Watch" segment. She discussed the allegations of corruption at City Hall and the recent court victory that allows US Attorneys to pursue the New York state pensions of convicted politicians as part of asset forfeiture proceedings. Watch the segment here
 
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