Feds Secure 1st Guilty Plea In UN Bribery Case

By Max Stendahl (January 14, 2016, 5:07 PM EST) -- A New York woman pled guilty in federal court on Thursday to her role in an alleged $1.3 million bribery scheme involving a former United Nations General Assembly president and a billionaire Chinese real estate developer, becoming the first defendant in the case to strike a deal with prosecutors.

During a hearing in Manhattan court, Heidi Hong Piao pled guilty to charges of bribery, money laundering, conspiracy and willfully failing to report foreign bank accounts to U.S. authorities. Piao, a U.S. citizen, told U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick that she had facilitated bribes to John Ashe, a former U.N. ambassador for...

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