Corruption News

News about corruption activity worldwide. For key statistics and information, visit our What is Corruption? page.

The President of the Chamber of Commerce in the Ivory Coast stated that at least $300 Million is paid out in bribes each year at illegal checkpoints within the country.

(Additional types of corruption.)

Source: “Ivory Coast checkpoint bribes cost ‘$300m’ ,” BBC News, May 4, 2010.

According to a poll taken in 2010, 80 percent of Afghans stated that they are affected by government corruption in their daily lives.

Source:  Chris Lawrence, “Report: Encouraging trends in Afghanistan despite rise in violence,” CNN, April 29, 2010.

From 2007 to April of 2010, a United Nations commission operating in Guatemala fired almost 2,000 police officers and arrested 130 government officials for corruption.

Source:  Associated Press, “Progress in UN fight against Guatemala corruption,” Newser, April 20, 2010.


Bribery in Russia is worth $300 Billion, according to Transparency International.

(More examples of corruption around the world.)

Source:  Konstantin Rozhnov, “Foreign firms to pledge not to give bribes in Russia,” BBC News, April  20, 2010.

Fines paid by companies due to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2007 total $87 Million. In 2009, fines paid to the US Justice Department and the SEC increased to $627 Million, and in the first two months of 2010, the amount paid in fines doubled to $1.2 Billion.

(Corruption in the United States and other countries.)

Source:  Ken Stier, “U.S. Cashes In on Corporate Corruption Overseas,” Time, April 7, 2010.

Police officers in Mexico demand up to 45 percent of all bribes reported in the country, according to a study on corruption by BRIBEline.

Roughly half of all demands for bribes were considered extortion threats, where a bribe would be paid in order to avoid harm to a person or business.  Bribes to receive preferential treatment, such as winning a contract or favor, was less than 30 percent of all bribes.

The amount demanded for in almost 65 percent of the bribes were less than $6,000.

(More on police corruption worldwide.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Bribery study in Mexico says police the problem,” Washington Post, March 25, 2010.

Due to the effects of corruption in Somalia, up to 50 percent of food aid sent to Somalia by the World Food Program was being stolen by its own contractors and armed militias.

Source:  Jason McLure, “Food for Naught,” Newsweek, March 24, 2010.

About $1 Billion is paid in bribes each year in Russian schools to secure admission requirements and passage of exams.

(More on political corruption in Russia and other countries.)

Source:  Peter Finn, “Taking On Russia’s Ubiquitous Bribery,” Washington Post, July  14, 2008.

According to the Associated Press, from 2007 to 2010 there were over 80 corruption related convictions of law enforcement officials at all levels of government along the Southwest border.

In addition, about 10 percent of all new hires in the US Border Patrol are given a lie detector test. Out of the 10 percent given the test, 60 percent are found to be unsuitable for hire.

Source:  Associated Press, “US Customs: Mexican cartels corrupt border agents,” Google News, March 11, 2010.

South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission found that 20 percent of women in refugee camps bribed North Korean guards with either sex or money in order to defect from the country.

(More intelligence and statistics on the North Korea’s black market.)

Source:  AFP, “N.Korea women refugees suffer abuse: watchdog,” Google News, February 22, 2010.