Corruption News

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

Crime statistics released by the National Police in Indonesia shows that law enforcement handled 25,561 cases of drug smuggling in 2012. The number includes both domestic smuggling and transnational cases.

The National Police handled a total of 16,138 cases of cross-border crime, which media reports state involved mostly drug smuggling incidents.

In addition to its anti-narcotics campaigns, the police force dismissed 595 personnel for various ethics violations and police corruption. 106 police officers were released due to being implicated in criminal matters, and 32 police officers were involved in drug cases.

Source:  “As transnational crime rises, police make friends overseas,” Jakarta Post, December 29, 2012.

At the end of 2012, anti-corruption investigators who are responsible for police integrity was handling a workload of 245 police corruption cases each month. The number of cases handled by the units was 62 percent higher than the previous year. 8 out of the 10 cases involved situations where police officers disclosed information to criminals and other third parties.

Between September 2011 and May 2012, public integrity investigators handled 2,207 investigations into corruption by police officers in the United Kingdom.

Source:  Robert Verkaik, “Shocking 62% rise in police officers being investigated for corruption with eight out of ten accused of illegally disclosing information,” Daily Mail, December 22, 2012.

The Chairman of Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau stated that corruption and tax evasion activities in Pakistan causes a total loss of $102 Million to $122 Million (10 Billion to 12 Billion Pakistani Rupee) every day.

(More security threats to Pakistan.)

Source:  “NAB claims corruption amounts to Rs10-12 billion daily in Pakistan,” News Pakistan, December 13, 2012.

Additional corruption news and statistics.


According to the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network, the effects of corruption and fraud within the medical industry in Europe causes $72.6 Billion (€56 billion) in losses each year.

Source:  Adam Miller, “Medical fraud: “one of the last taboos in society”, Canadian Medical Association Journal, December 6, 2012.

In the city of Mumbai, the impact of corruption on the construction industry is estimated to have cost the city up to $3.6 Billion (200 Billion Indian Rupees) in lost potential revenue.

Source:  Vikas Bajaj, “Indian Official Starts Pulling Up Corruption’s Roots in Mumbai,” New York Times, December 4, 2012.

A woman reported to the media that she was forced to pay a bribe of $4,800 to enroll her daughter into an elementary school in the Chinese capital city of Beijing.

The price of a bribe for high school is even higher, according to state media.The reported bribery rate that parents are paying for admission to a renowned high school linked to a top university in Beijing is between $80,000 to $130,000.

(More types of corruption.)

Source: “Culture of bribery spreads in China’s schools,” Today Online, November 23, 2012.

According to state media, the number of investigations into corruption and bribery in China increased by 12.7 percent in the first half of 2012 when compared to 2011.

The China Daily stated that a majority of the corruption cases investigated were in the construction, engineering, finance, real estate and transportation sectors.

(Worldwide prices of bribes.)

Source:  Mark McDonald, “Corruption Probes in China Said to Rise 13 Percent,” New York Times Global Edition, IHT Rendezvous, October 28, 2012.

The Voice of America reported that people pay around $50 in bribes local officials in Cambodia to obtain “permits” that allows illegal fishing methods. The permit allows fishing boats to use nets that are hundreds of meters in length are are illegal due to its large size.

In 2010, 321,000 meters of illegal fishing nets was seized in Cambodia.

(More examples of corruption.)

Source:  Say Mony, “Illegal Fishing Threatens Tonie Sap Lake Villagers’ Livelihood,” Voice of America, October 10, 2012.

An article in the New York Times highlighted the concept of the “3 percent rule” in Italy. The process occurs when subcontractors overcharge the state by 3 percent, which is then passed on to organized crime groups.

In a trial to convict 22 Mafia members, prosecutors found various incidents of the “3 percent rule” where subcontractors working on a state highway used the process to enrich organized crime.

(Additional types of corruption.)

Source:  Rachel Donadio, “Corruption Is Seen as a Drain on Italy’s South,” New York Times, October 7, 2012.

A women was quoted in the BBC stating that she would have to pay over $10,000 in bribes to education officials in China in order to secure a spot for her son at a good school in Beijing.

Corruption is a major issue confronting Chinese officials. Between the mid-1990s and 2008, over $120 Billion was smuggled out of the country by 16,000 to 18,000 government officials and employees of state-owned businesses. The amount averages out to over $6 Million per official.

(More on political corruption in China and around the world.)

Source:  Martin Patience, “‘Wall of shame’ symbolises China’s corruption woes,” BBC News, October 7, 2012.