Corruption News

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

Prison guards in Indonesia report that inmates in prison continue to run their drug trafficking operations while incarcerated with the help of corrupt prison guards. The inmates offer guards up to $500 (5 Million Indonesian Rupiah) in bribes to use their cell phones in order to make calls. (More impact of police corruption.)

Inmates were also smuggling cell phones in the prison at such at high rate that prison officials installed signal jammers to prevent the phones from working. However, according to the report by the Jakarta Post, the jammer could only block GSM signals and not CDMA phones.

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Source:  Fikri Zaki Muhammadi, “Drug dealers getting rich behind bars,” Jakarta Post, June 14, 2013.

According to a federal agents, a prison gang was operating a racket within the Baltimore City Detention Center in the state of Maryland. Documents filed in federal court by the FBI stated that one gram bags of marijuana were being sold in the jail for $50. Pain killers were being sold for $30 a pill to inmates.

(Police corruption and the effects on governments.)

In addition to the contraband drugs, female corrections officers were having sex with the inmates. According to the FBI, four correction officers became pregnant from one inmate.

In an article in the Washington Post, the article says that the names of 14 female guards were written on a wall and that each woman was charging $150 to have sex with an inmate.

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Source:  Theresa Vargas, Ann E. Marimow and Annys Shin, “Baltimore jail case depicts a corrupt culture driven by drugs, money and sex,” Washington Post, May 4, 2013.

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According to a report by the Associated Press, over 200 military officers, soliders and police offers in the Dominican Republic have been accused of trafficking illegal drugs between 2009 and 2013.

(More police corruption stats.)

Source:  Associated Press, “Dominican officials say intelligence agent among 7 arrested in drug-trafficking case,” Washington Post, April 15, 2013.


On average, the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section investigates around 900 public officials a year.

In total, there are around 500,000 elected officials at all levels across the United States.

(See all political corruption statistics and information.)

Source:  Stephen K. Medvic, “There Is Very Little Corruption in U.S. Politics,” New York Times, Opinion, Room for Debate, April 3, 2013.

Wildlife traffickers are able to get up to 30 kilograms of ivory from a single elephant. If the market value of the a kilogram is $300, then the ivory from a single elephant would generate up to $9,000 on the black market.

According to a report in the Guardian, a corrupt wildlife ranger who allows poachers smuggle ivory would receive a cut of around 20 percent, or $2,000 in the example listed above.

In comparison, a ranger in Cambodia was being paid $30 a month in 2013, or $360 a year in salary. In Thailand, a lack of funds for supplies and gear leads to forest rangers conducting training exercises with tree branches. And in Tanzania, if a poacher is caught, he is subjected to a $13 fine.

(More on the effects of corruption.)

Source:  Oliver Milman, “Ranger corruption ‘impeding global fight against poaching’,” Guardian, March 27, 2013.

The effects of corruption causes up to $148 Billion being lost in Africa each year, according to the Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Ghana.

The amount lost is around 25 percent of the region’s entire GDP.

Within that amount, between $20 to $40 Billion is lost due to the payment of bribes to government officials.

Source:  “25 percent of Africa’s GDP Lost To Corruption,” Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, March 13, 2012.

The Telegraph in London reported that the amount in bribes that someone in China has to pay in order to get a job as a train attendant within the country’s rail ministry was $14,897 (£10,000).

(More corruption in China and around the world.)

Source:  Malcolm Moore, “China abolishes powerful Railways ministry in battle against corruption,” Telegraph, March 10, 2013.

Corruption within the criminal justice system of Iraq is reported to be rampant in the 10 year anniversary of the US invasion.

According to a media report, a prisoner in the Iraqi prison system stated that he had to pay $100 to prison guards in order to take a single shower.

Other reports state that even though a judge may set someone free, the person must still pay numerous bribes in order to be released.

Police officers are also reported to shakedown citizens because they need to recuperate the bribe they paid in order to become a police officer.

(Additional examples of police corruption.)

Source:  Patrick Cockburn, “Iraq 10 years on: How Baghdad became a city of corruption,” Independent, March 4, 2013.

According to a study by the International Trade Center in Kenya, each shipment made by exporters and importers in the country pay up to $5,797 (500,000 Kenyan Schillings) in bribes.

Out of that amount, $2,903 (250,000 Schillings) goes to Customs Officials, $1,742 (150,000 Schillings) goes to Port Officials, and police officers take a $1,161 (100,000 Schilling) cut.

(More on government corruption.)

Source:  Winfred Kagwe, “Kenya: Bribery a Major Trade Barrier – Study,” allAfrica, February 27, 2013.

The court system in Russia handled about 1,000 cases concerning small payments of bribes. The amount in these cases were lower than $330 (10,000 Russian Rubles).

According to the Supreme Court Chairman, 60 percent of the 1,300 offenders took less that $164 (5,000 Rubles), with 21 percent taking between $164 to $330 (5,000 to 10,000 Rubles).

22 percent of small bribe cases in Russia involved teachers and doctors in 2012.

(More types of corruption worldwide.)

Source:  “Only 250 Russians charged with major bribery in 2012,” RAPSI, February 25, 2013.