In 1978, investigative journalists from the Chicago Sun-Times purchased and ran a neighborhood bar as a means of uncovering corruption by city inspectors.
James “Honest Dick” Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again.
In 1977 the Chicago Sun-Times bought a bar and ran it with undercover reporters to investigate widespread corruption.
In 2007 the Mexican Army sick of the incompetence and corruption of the Tijuana local police confiscated their weapons and issued them slingshots.
There is 2.5 million of Zero Rupee bank notes in India. They are “paid” in protest by angry citizens to government functionaries who solicit bribes.
In 2008 two judges were found to be accepting money from two juvenile detention centers in return for increasing the number of residents, offenses were as minimal as mocking a principal on MySpace, trespassing in a vacant building, or shoplifting DVDs from Wall-mart .
Chinese government takes its officials and members of their families on prison tours on a regular basis to give officials an introduction to what awaits them if they should engage in corruption. The tours include meet-and-greets with former government officials who were caught for corruption.
A Pennsylvania judge was accepting bribes totalling $1 million for sending people to prison. 4,000 convictions have been overturned.
There is an actual index for perceived national corruption…and the US doesn’t even make the top 20 (least corrupt).