Humanitarian worker charged in United Nations bribery scheme

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NEW YORK (AP) — A humanitarian organization officer has been charged with money laundering in a United Nations bribery case that has ensnared two diplomats and a Chinese billionaire.

Julia Vivi Wang, also known as Vivian Wang, is accused of paying $500,000 in exchange for diplomatic positions for her late husband. Prosecutors say she laundered the money through the sustainable development organization where she was an officer.

Prosecutors say the bribe was solicited by former General Assembly President John Ashe, as well as Francis Lorenzo, deputy ambassador for the Dominican Republic.

Wang is expected in federal court Friday in New York. It wasn't clear yet if she had an attorney. Messages left with her nonprofit were not returned.

Lorenzo pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate against the others charged in the case.