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Public Corruption

Public Corruption

What is Public Corruption?

Public corruption may occur in any branch and at all levels of government, from local police departments and city commissions to the U.S. Congress and federal executive agencies. The purpose of public corruption laws is to ensure that government is run fairly and that taxpayer funds are not wasted, and to prevent government officials and public employees from using their positions of power for personal gain. These laws make it illegal to engage in bribery, embezzlement, extortion, and fraud, and provide for severe penalties for those convicted of these crimes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice make ferreting out and prosecuting public corruption a top priority.

How is Public Corruption Charged

Prosecutors have a variety of statutes to choose from when it comes to charging public corruption.  The most common is 18 U.S.C. § 201 – Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses – criminalizes a public official offering or soliciting bribes in exchange for performing an official act. 

There are several other statutes that may be applicable, including:

18 U.S.C. § 666 – Federal Program Fraud & Bribery

18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 & 1343 – Mail and Wire Fraud

18 U.S.C. § 1951 – Interference With Commerce by Threat of Violence (Hobbs Act)

18 U.S.C. § 1952 – Interstate and Foreign Travel of Transportation in aid of Racketeering Enterprises (Travel Act)

18 U.S.C. § 1962 – Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO)

Irvine, California Public Corruption Attorney

The first and most important decision a defendant or anyone facing a public corruption investigation must make is to retain the right defense attorney. Responding to a public corruption investigation or charges requires a proactive, coordinated, and proactive approach. White collar federal defense attorney Peter Hardin has a long and outstanding track record of establishing clear communication with federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors and responding swiftly and accurately to search warrants and subpoenas. Because Peter Hardin has prosecuted and defended criminal cases for nearly 20 years, he understands not just the law, but the way federal authorities investigate cases and the prosecutorial tactics that follow. It is essential that anyone who may be under investigation for public corruption, or who has been charged with public corruption, act quickly to build a strong defense and protect their rights. Contact Peter Hardin now for a free and confidential consultation.

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