Kleptocracy Daily: May 12, 2017

The latest on KI’s website: Hungary’s descent into cronyism under Victor Orban.

News

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown has been found guilty of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from a charity that she and her chief of staff had passed off as a scholarship service for students.

Federal agents have seized nearly a half-million dollars from a Washington lobbyist accused of helping the ruling family of Gabon and other clients evade money laundering regulations.

Senior members of the U.S. intelligence community are for the first time publicly expressing concern that one of the world’s largest cyber-security firms — Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab — could pose a threat to the U.S.

The DoJ largely turned aside calls for greater transparency of its advice on whether U.S. lobbyists for foreign interests are covered by existing legislation.

A New York federal judge struck down a Cypriot holding company’s bid to quash a civil forfeiture action related to alleged efforts to launder proceeds from a $230 million Russian mob fraud scheme through New York real estate investments.

Months after an Austrian court approved Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash’s extradition to the U.S. to face foreign bribery charges, the businessman is taking the fight to a Chicago federal court.

Features

Singapore, a rising home for quiet money, comes under pressure.

China warns kids against classroom graft.