United States: New York designer’s bribery case may upset ambitions of ex-U.N. chief

Author(s): David Ingram, Nate Raymond | Date: January 12, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/CikIMD | Type: Text

A scandal that could complicate the South Korean political ambitions of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon features an unlikely central character: a New York fashion designer whose wedding was broadcast on reality TV and who authorities said falsely touted ties to Middle Eastern royalty.
Malcolm Harris, who has dubbed himself on social media the “curator of cool,” was indicted in a U.S. federal court this week along with two of Ban’s relatives in connection with an alleged international bribery scheme. Harris double-crossed the others and walked away with $500,000, prosecutors said.
Harris faces arrest on the charges, but it is not clear if U.S. authorities know his whereabouts. He told Reuters in a Facebook message on Thursday that he was hiring a lawyer and would not comment on the allegations or his location. “I would appreciate your patience,” he said.

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