Criminal Penalties for Public Corruption/Violations of State Ethics Laws

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Criminal Penalties for Public Corruption/Violations of State Ethics Laws

Updated January 2011

This table is intended to provide general information and does not necessarily address all aspects of this topic.  Because the facts of each situation may vary, this information may need to be supplemented by consulting legal advisors.

Some states specify that violations of the state’s ethics law are also violations of criminal law and impose penalties accordingly.  Other states have statutes, in addition to or in place of ethics laws, which are in the state’s penal or criminal codes and cover similar behaviors.  In the table below, “EC” indicates statutes found in ethics code; “CC” or “PC” indicates statutes found in criminal code.

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State Violation Statutory Reference Criminal Penalty
Alabama -Intentional violation of Code of Ethics for Public Officials and Employees, includes:-Use of official position or office for personal gain

-Use of contributions

-Offering, soliciting, or accepting things of value for purpose of influencing official action

-Use or disclosure of confidential information for personal financial gain

-Voting in matters with financial interest

-Service on regulatory boards and commissions regulating business with which person associated

-Representation of client or constituent before board, regulatory body, etc.

-Entering into contracts which are to be paid out of government funds

-Offering, soliciting thing of value to or by member of regulatory body

-Actions of former public officials or public employees prohibited for two years after departure

-Failure to file statement of economic interests

-Failure to submit statements of economic interests by candidates

-Reports made by persons who are related to public officials or public employees who represent persons before regulatory body or contract with state

-False reporting for the purpose of influencing legislation

EC §36-25-27EC §36-25-5 through 36-25-16;

EC §36-25-26

Class B felony2-20 years; $30,000
-Bribery CC §13A-10-61 Class C felony1-10 years; $15,000
-Unintentional violation of  Code of Ethics for Public Officials, Employees: See violations above for Intentional violations of Code of Ethics for Public Officials, Employees-Intentional violation of financial disclosure statute

-Failure to disclose conflict of interest

-Trading in public office

EC §36-25-27EC §36-25-27

CC §13A-10-62

CC §13A-10-63

Class A misdemeanorMax. 1 year; $6,000
-Misuse of confidential information CC §13A-10-82 Class B misdemeanorMax 6 months; $3,000
Alaska
-Bribery-Receiving a bribe CC §11.56.100CC §11.56.110 Class B felonyMax 10 years; $100,000
-Receiving unlawful gratuities-Failure to report bribery or receiving a bribe

-False accusations to the ethics committee

-Official misconduct

-Misuse of confidential information

-Tampering with public records in the second degree

CC §11.56.120CC §11.56.124

CC §11.56.805

CC §11.56.850

CC §11.56.860

CC §11.56.820

Class A misdemeanorMax 1 year; $10,000
-Impersonating a public servant CC §11.56.830 Class B Misdemeanor Max 90 days; $2,000
-Tampering with public records in the first degree CC §11.56.815 Class C Felony Max 5 years; $50,000
Arizona Bribery of a public servant or party officer CC §13-2602 Class 4 felony
1.5-3 years; $150,000
-Intentional violation of conflict of interest statute-Trading in public office EC §38-510CC §13-2603 Class 6 felony
6-18 months; $150,000
Negligent violation of conflict of interest statute EC §38-510 Class 1 misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $2,500 fine
Arkansas -Soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any benefit upon an agreement or understanding of appointment or designated or nominated candidacy-Offering, conferring, or agreeing to confer any benefit and the receipt of benefit

-Soliciting, accepting, or agreeing to accept any benefit as compensation or consideration for having a public servant given a decision, opinion, recommendation, or vote favorable to another

CC §5-52-101  Class D felony
Max 6 years; $10,000 

 

 

 

Failure of member or member-elect of General Assembly to report any goods or services sold during the previous calendar year having a total annual value in excess of $1,000 to an office, department, commission, council, board, bureau, committee, legislative body, agency, or other establishment-Soliciting unlawful compensation

-Misuse of confidential information

-Attempt to influence a public servant

EC §21-8-903CC $5-52-104

CC $5-52-106

CC $5-52-105

Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500
Abuse of office-Using to attempting to use official position to secure special privileges or exemptions

-Accepting employment or engaging in any public or professional activity while serving as a public official which he or she might reasonably expect would require or induce him or her to disclose any information acquired by him or her by reason of his or her official position declared to be confidential

-Disclosing any such confidential information gained by reason of his or her position

-Using confidential information for his or her person gain or benefit

CC $5-52-107EC $21-8-304

 

Class B misdemeanor
Max 90 days; $1,000 
 Accepting unlawful compensation for speeches or appearances CC $5-52-108 Unclassified
Max 1 year; $1,000
-Receiving a gift or compensation for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his official position-Purposely use or disclose to any other person or entity confidential government information acquired in the course of official duties EC §21-8-801 First violation:Written warning

Second and subsequent violations:

$50-$2,000

Failure to file, or falsely filing the financial disclosure statement required of state employees EC §21-8-202 Misdemeanor
$50-$500
California -Bribery of any ministerial officer, employee, or appointee of the state  PC  §67.5 Felony if the theft of the thing given or offered would be equal to grand theftMisdemeanor if the theft of the thing given or offered would be equal to a petty theft
Accepting of bribes by a judicial officer,  juror, referee, arbitrator, or umpire, and every person authorized by law to hear or determine any question or controversy-Accepting of bribes by an executive or ministerial officer, employee, or appointee of the state

 

PC §93PC §68(a)

 

2-4 yearsIf bribe was not actually received:

$2,000-$10,000

If bribe was received:

At least the actual amount of the bribe received or $2,000 (whichever is greater), or any larger amount of not more than double the amount of any bribe received or $10,000 (whichever is greater)

-Bribery of any executive officer-Bribery of any judicial officer, juror, referee, arbitrator, or umpire PC §67PC §92 2-4 yearsPerson is disqualified from holding any office in the state
Colorado  -Bribery CC §18-8-302 Class 3 felony
4-12 years; $3,000-$750,000
Embezzlement of public property CC $18-8-40 7 Class 5 felony
1-3 years; $1,000-$100,000
Compensation for past official behaviorRequiring or directing a bidder or contractor to deal with a particular person in procuring any goods or service required in submitting a bid to or fulfilling a contract with the government

Misuse of official information

CC §18-8-303CC §18-8-307

CC §18-8-402

Class 6 felony
1-1.5 years; $1,000-$100,000
Trading in public office CC §18-8-305 Class 1 misdemeanor
6-18 months; $500-$5,000
Soliciting unlawful compensationFailing to disclose a conflict of interest

Official oppression

First degree official misconduct. (With intent to personally benefit, or to maliciously harm another, unauthorized exercise of official function or refraining from performing official duties or violating any statute or rule relating to office)

CC §18-8-304CC §18-8-308

CC §18-8-403

CC §18-8-404

Class 2 misdemeanor
3-12 months; $250-$1,000
Second degree official misconduct. (Knowingly, arbitrarily or capriciously refraining from performing an official job function or violating any statute or rule relating to office) CC §18-8-405 Class 1 petty offense
Max 6 months; $500
Public trust – breach of fiduciary duty. A public officer, member of the general assembly, local government official, or employee whose conduct departs from his fiduciary duty is liable to the people of the state as a trustee of property and shall suffer such other liabilities as a private fiduciary would suffer for abuse of his trust. A public officer, a member of the general assembly, a local government official, or an employee shall not:-Disclose confidential information

-Accept a gift of substantial value given in attempt to influence official action

-Accept a fee, a contingent fee, or any other compensation, except his official compensation provided by statute, for promoting or opposing the passage of legislation

-Lobby, solicit lobbying business or contracts, or otherwise establish a lobbying business or practice respecting issues before the general assembly prior to the expiration of his or her term

EC §24-18-103EC §24-18-104(1a)

EC §24-18-104(1b)

EC §24-18-106(1)

EC §24-18-106(3)

District attorney of district where the trust is violated may bring appropriate judicial proceedings, in addition to any criminal action
Connecticut  Bribery, bribe receiving CC Chap. 952 §53a-148 Class C felony
1-10 years; max $10,000
-No former executive branch or quasi-public agency public official or state employee shall represent anyone other than the state concerning any particular matter in which he participated personally and substantially while in state service or in which the state has substantial interest-No former executive branch or quasi-public agency public official or state employee shall, for one year after leaving state service, represent anyone other than the state for compensation before the department, agency, board, commission, council or office in which he served at the time of his termination of service, concerning any matter in which the state has substantial interest

-Disclosing or using confidential information for personal financial gain by former official or employee

-Having financial interest in or engaging in any business, employment, transaction or professional activity, which is in conflict with the proper discharge of his duties

-Accepting other employment which will either impair his independence of judgment as to his official duties or induce him to disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of his official duties

-Willfully and knowingly disclose for financial gain confidential information

-Soliciting or accepting anything of value based on any understanding that the vote, official action or judgment of the public official, candidate, or state employee would be or had been influenced thereby

-No public official shall accept a fee or honorarium for an article, appearance or speech, or for participation at an event in the official’s official capacity

-Giving or accepting, directly or indirectly, any gifts

EC Chap. 10 §1-84bEC Chap. 10 §1-84a

EC Chap. 10 §1-84

If first offense:Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,000

If first offense in which the offender derives a financial benefit equal to or more than $1,000, or if second subsequent offense:

Class D felony
1-5 years; max $5,000

(Penalty found in Chap. 10 §1-89)

Failure to report bribery CC Chap. 952 §53a-148a Class A misdemeanorMax 1 year, max $2,000
Delaware -Bribery-Receiving a bribe CC §1201CC §1203

 

Class E felony
Max 5 years
Knowing violations of prohibitions relating to conflicts of interest:-Restrictions on representing another’s interest before the state

-Restrictions on contracting with the state

-Post-employment restrictions

-Ban on unauthorized disclosure of confidential information

EC §5805  Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $10,000 
Willful filing of a false financial disclosure report (*Only effective until Jan. 8, 2011)-*Effective Jan. 8, 2011: Willful filing of a false financial disclosure report or a false council or board membership disclosure report

-Receiving unlawful gratuities

-Official misconduct

-Profiteering

EC §5815CC §1206

CC §1211

CC §1212

Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year;  $2,300
Willful failure to file a financial disclosure report (*Only effective until Jan. 8, 2011)-*Effective Jan. 8, 2011: Willful failure to file a financial disclosure report or council or board membership disclosure report EC §5815 Class B misdemeanor
Max 6 months;  $1,150
District of Columbia -Accepting, agreeing to accept, or receiving a bribe by an official; bribery of an official  CC §22-712 Max 10 years; $25,000 or 3 times the monetary equivalent of the thing of value, whichever is greater
-Extortion CC §22-3251 Max 10 years; $10,000
-Blackmail CC §22-3252 Max 5 years; $1,000
-Corrupt influence of officials CC §22-704 6 months-5 year
Florida
BriberyUnlawful compensation or reward for official behavior CC §838.015CC §838.016 Felony of the second degree Max 15 years; $15,000
Official misconductDisclosure or use of confidential criminal justice information CC §838.022CC §838.21 Felony of the third degree Max 5 years; $5,000
-No officer or employee of the state, or of any county or municipality thereof, shall:-Use his or her official authority to influence for the purpose of interfering with an election or a nomination of office or coercing or influencing another person’s vote or affecting the result thereof

-Directly or indirectly coerce or attempt to coerce, command, or advise any other officer or employee to pay, lend, contribute any part of his or her salary, or any money, or anything else of value to any party, committee, organization, agency, or person for political purposes

-Directly or indirectly coerce or attempt to coerce, command, and advise any such officer or employee as to where he or she might purchase commodities or to interfere in any other way with the personal right of said officer or employee.

EC §104.31(1) Misdemeanor of the first degree; $1,000
See Standards of Conduct for public officers, employees of agencies, and government attorneys for a guideline of what people in these positions should not do. EC §112.313 No criminal penalty is specified for any of these actions.
Georgia Bribery CC §16-10-2(b)  Max 20 years; $5,000
Influencing of legislative action by state and local government officers or employees-Influencing of officer or employee of state or political subdivision by another officer or employee

-Offenses involving public records, documents, and other items

-Selling office or dividing fees

CC §16-10-4CC §16-10-5

EC §45-11-1(a)

EC §45-11-2

Felony; $100,000; 1-5 years(2-10 years)

(1-5 years)

Intentionally violation of the terms of public oath-False official certificates or writings by officers or employees of state and political subdivisions CC §16-10-1CC §16-10-8 1-5 years
-False acknowledgements, certificates, or statements of appearance or oath by officer authorized to do sameAcceptance of office or employment in more than one branch of government

-Assault under color of office

-Unprofessional conduct

-Extortion

-Coercion of other officer or employee to give anything of value for political purposes

CC §16-10-7CC §16-10-9

EC §45-11-3

EC §45-11-4

EC §45-11-5

EC §45-11-10

Misdemeanor 

(Removal from office)

(Removal from office)

Hawaii Bribery CC §710-1040 Class C felony
See Standards of Conduct for Public Officers and Employees HRS Title 7, Chapter 84  No criminal penalties specified for any prohibited actions
Idaho  Receiving a bribe CC §18-1302  Felony
Max 5 years; $50,000
No state agency official, judicial official or legislator shall accept or agree to accept any pecuniary benefit from any person interested in their official actions.Accepting compensation for past official behavior

Soliciting, accepting or agreeing to accept compensation for advice or other assistance in preparing or promoting a bill, contract, claim, or other transaction or proposal as to which he knows that he has or is likely to have an official discretion to exercise.

Soliciting, receiving, agreeing to receive, or agreeing that any political party or other person shall receive any pecuniary benefit for approval or disapproval of an appointment or advancement in public service, or for approval or disapproval of any person or transaction for any benefit conferred by an official or agency of the government.

Using public position for personal gain

CC §18-1356CC §18-1354

CC §18-1357

CC §18-1358

CC §18-1359

Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000
-Any public official who intentionally fails to disclose a conflict of interest EC §59-705 Civil Offense; up to $500
Illinois Bribery 

 

CC 720 §645  Class 3 felony
2-5 years; Max $25,000 or the amount of the offense, whichever is greater
Willful filing of false financial disclosure statementLegislators engaging in lobbying

Legislators who participate in representation cases unlawfully

Engaging in prohibited political activities (state employees engaging in political activities during compensated time, state officials requiring them to do so)

Prohibited offer or promise (candidates and state officers promising jobs or other compensation in return for contributions)

Procurement; revolving door prohibition.

Fundraising in Sangamon County (during legislative session)

EC 5 §420/4A-107EC 5 §420/2-101

EC 5 §420/2-104

EC 5 §420/5-15

EC 5 §420/5-30

EC 5 §420/5-45

EC 5 §420/5-40

 

Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500, or the amount specified in the offense, whichever is greater
Legislators who accept other compensation for their official duties EC 5 §420/2-103 Petty offense 
Indiana Bribery CC §35-44-1-1  Class C felony
2-8 years; Max $10,000
-Conflict of interest  is when a public servant knowingly or intentionally having a pecuniary interest in; or deriving a profit from a contract or purchase connected with an action by his governmental entity.  CC §35-44-1-3  Class D felony
6 months-3 years; Max $10,000 
Official misconduct includes receiving personal benefit because of privileged information, neglecting to pass on public records and property to successor, among other things CC §35-44-1-2 Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $5,000 fine
 Profiteering from public service CC §35-44-1-7 Class A infraction
-Failure to file a statement in a timely manner or files a deficient statement EC §4-2-6-8 Civil penalty at a rate of not more than $10 for each day the statement remains delinquent or deficient, up to a maximum of $1,000; if intentional, Class A infraction (also subject to penalties listed in §4-2-6-12)
(See 4-2-6: Ethics and Conflicts of Interests)A current state officer, employee, or special state appointee shall not knowingly:

-Accept other employment involving compensation of substantial value if the responsibilities of that employment are inherently incompatible with the responsibilities of public office or require the individual’s recusal from matters so central or critical to the performance of the individual’s office duties that the individual’s ability to perform those duties would be materially impaired

-Accept employment or engage in business or professional activity that would require the individual to disclose confidential information that was gained in the course of state employment

-Use or attempt to use the individual’s official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions that are of substantial value and not properly available to similarly situated individuals outside state government

-No state officer or employee, former state officer or employee, special state appointee, or former special state appointee shall accept any compensation from any employment, transaction, or investment which was entered into or made as a result of material information of a confidential nature

-A state officer, employee, or special state employee may not receive compensation for the sale or lease of any property or service which substantially exceeds that which the state officer, employee, or special state appointee would charge in the ordinary course of business and from any person whom they know, or in the exercise of reasonable care and diligence should know, has a business relationship with the agency in which he or she holds a position

-Post-employment restrictions

EC §4-2-6-5.5EC §4-2-6-6

EC §4-2-6-7

EC §4-2-6-11

 (EC §4-2-6-12) The Commission may take any of the following actions (in response to these violations):-Impose a civil penalty upon a responded not to exceed 3 times the value of any benefit received

-Cancel a contract

-Bar a person from entering into a contract

-Order restitution or disgorgement

-Reprimand, suspend, or terminate an employee or special state appointee

-Reprimand or recommend impeachment of a state officer

-Bar a person from future state employment or future state appointment

-Revoke a license or permit

-Bar a person from obtaining a license or permit

Iowa Felonious misconduct in office, involves: giving false information on authorized receipts, returns, entries or certificates; falsifying public records or falsely purporting something to be a public record CC §721.1  Class D felony
Max 5 years; $750-$7,500 
Knowingly and intentionally violating ethics provisions (found in Chapter 68B)Non-felonious misconduct in office, involves: entering to a contract for more than authorized by law; failing to report receipt or expenditure of public funds; requesting or receiving additional compensation for required job functions; using or permitting another to use state property for private or political purpose; failing to perform any duty required; demanding  contributions from public employees

Using public motor vehicles for political purposes

Misuse of public records, involves releasing public records or information for a greater fee than allowed by law

Interest in public contracts; unlawful interest in public contracts

EC §68B.34CC §721.2

CC §721.4

CC §721.10

CC §721.11

Serious misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $250-$1,500
Kansas Bribery 

 

 

 

 

CC §21-3901  Severity level 7, nonperson felony
Max $100,000; Cannot determine max prison
Forfeiture of office; forever disqualified from public office
Official misconduct: Knowingly destroying, tampering with or concealing evidence of a crimeMisuse of public funds CC §21-3902CC §21-3910 Severity level 8, nonperson felony
Max $100,000
Official misconduct: Willfully submitting to a governmental entity a claim for expenses which is false or duplicates another claimPermitting a false claim

 

 

 

 

CC §21-3902CC §21-3905

 

If claim less than $500, class A nonperson misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500If claim is $500-$25,000, severity level 9 nonperson felony
Max $100,000; Cannot determine max prison

If claim is $25,000 or more, severity level 7, nonperson felony
Max $100,000; Cannot determine max prison

Official misconduct: Using a state vehicle, aircraft or vessel for personal use; Willfully failing to serve civil process as required by law; Using confidential information for personal benefit or to harm another; Disclosing confidential information in procurement CC §21-3902 Class A nonperson misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500
Failure by state employees and officials to file a true disclosure form, as required for representation cases, certain contracts as well as personal economic interests-Compensation for past official acts EC §46-239, §46-251CC §21-3903 Class B non person misdemeanor
Max 6 months.; $1,000
Forfeiture of office
Unlawful use of state postage. CC §21-3911 Class C misdemeanor
Max 1 month; $500
Kentucky Bribery of a public servant 

 

 

PC §521.020  Class C felony5-10 years; $1,000 to $10,000, or double the gain from the offense, which ever is greater
Misuse of confidential informationFor legislators:

-Intentionally participating in a discussion, vote or other decision on a matter on which a legislator has a financial interest

-Use of position for financial gain for self, family or business associate

-Improperly contracting with public agencies

-Improperly leasing with the state

-Disclosure or use of confidential information

For executives:

-Disclosing confidential information for personal gain

-Receiving personal profit from the use or loan of public funds

-Acting as an agent for the state in a transaction of business with themselves, members of their family, or businesses in which they have more than 5% interest

-Receiving a personal benefit from a contract with the state and any business in which he has more than 5% interest

-Accepting additional compensation for their normal working duties

-Negotiating a contract with the state within six months of being a state employee

-Lobbying his former employer within three years of state employment

-Representing another before his former employer within three years of state employment

-Accepting outside employment with a business that is regulated by his state agency

PC §522.040EC §6.761

EC §6.731

EC §6.741

EC §6.737

EC §6.734

EC §11A.040;

EC §11A.990 for penalty

 

Class D Felony
1-5 years; $1,000 to $10,000, or double the gain from the offense, which ever is greater 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abuse of public trust occurs when a public servant obtains public money or property subject to a known legal obligation, treats the money or property as his own and fails to make the required payment or disposition, can be committed in degrees. 

 

PC §522.050PC §522.030

PC §521.030

EC §6.751

Class D felony if the value of the offense is less than $10,000
1-5 years (see below for fines)Class C felony if the value is $10,000-$100,000
5-10 years

Class B felony if the value is $100,000 or more
10-20 years

Convicted officials can’t hold public office.

Fines for felonies are $1,000 to $10,000, or double the gain from the offense, which ever is greater.

Official misconduct in the first degreeUnlawful compensation for assistance in public matters

 

For legislators:

-Use of influence on a matter on which the legislator has a personal interest

Use of public fund, time or personnel for personal for private gain or for unlawful political activity

Use of position to create privileges for oneself

Acceptance of gifts from a legislative agent

Intentionally filing a false financial disclosure statement

PC §522.020PC §521.040

EC §6.731

EC §6.751

EC §6.797

Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $500
 Official misconduct in the second degree-Solicitation of unlawful compensation

 

For legislators:

-Acceptance of additional compensation or gifts for performance of legislative duties

PC §522.030PC §521.030

EC §6.751

Class B misdemeanor
Max 90 days; $250
Giving and taking bribes applying to legislators and state officials CC §432.350 Removal from office; cannot vote for 10 years
Louisiana -Political payroll padding Malfeasance in office

-Public salary deduction

Public salary extortion

CC §14:139CC §14:134

CC §14:135

CC §14:36

Max 5 years; $5,000 
Public bribery CC §14:118 Max 5 years; $1,000
Public payroll fraudPublic contract fraud includes deriving a personal benefit from a public contract. CC §14:138CC §14:140 Max 2 years; $1,000
 -Any violation of the Code of Ethics by an elected official, public employee, or other person EC §42.1101; penalties found in§42.1151, et seq. The Ethics Adjudicatory Board may censure the elected official person, or impose a fine of not more than $10,000 or both; or may remove, suspend, or order a reduction in pay, or demotion of the public employee or other person, or impose a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.  The Board of Ethics can impose fees for late filing of reports.
Maine -Bribery in official and political matters CC Title 17A, Chap. 25, §602 Class C crime
Max 5 years; $5,000
Improper influenceImproper compensation for past action

Purchase of public office

CC Title 17A, Chap. 25, §603, §604§607 Class D crime
Max 1 year; $2,000
Intentional filing of a false statement of economic interestImproper gifts to public servants

Improper compensation for service

Official oppression

Misuse of information

EC Title 1, Chap. 25, §1019CC Title 17A, Chap. 25, §605, §606

§608

§609

Class E crime
Max 6 months.; $1,000
Maryland
Bribery*Note: Under: State Government, Title 15: Public Ethics of the Annotated Code of Maryland, can find violations for public officials, but no mention of their criminal penalties CC §9-201  Misdemeanor
2-12 years; $500-$1,000. Those convicted can’t vote or hold a state office of profit or trust.
Massachusetts -Having financial interest, directly or indirectly, in a contract made by a state agency, of which he has knowledge or has reason to know CC §268A(7) State prison 5 years max or jail or house of correction for max 2 ½ years; $10,000
-Corrupt gifts, offers or promises to influence official acts CC §268A(2) Max 3 years; $5,000
Cannot hold state, county or local office in future
Gifts, offers or promises for acts performed or to be performed; solicitation of gifts-Receiving or requesting other compensation; promising or offering other compensation

-Acting as agent or attorney for other than state

-Former state employees acting as attorney or receiving compensation

-Violating restrictions on former state employees

CC §268A(3)CC §268A(4)

CC §268A(5)

 

Max 2 years; $3,000 
Michigan
Public officer accepting bribe PC §750.228   Felony
Max 10 years; $5,000
Giving or receiving gifts to influence official action; turning in a false receipt PC §750.125 Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000
Minnesota Bribery CC §609.42  Max 10 years; $20,000
Forfeiture of office
Failure to pay over state funds.609.455 Permitting false claims against government CC §609.445 Max 5 years; $10,000
Misconduct of public officer or employee involves failure to perform functions of job; performing functions unlawfully; intentionally injures others under the color of official authority; making a false return, certificate, official report, or other like document.Public office; illegally assuming; nonsurrender CC §609.43CC §609.44 Max 1 year; $3,000
Public officer; unauthorized compensation CC §609.45 Misdemeanor
Mississippi Offer of inducements to influence public official’s action on award of contracts or accomplishment of official acts CC §97-11-53 Felony
Max 10 years; $5,000
Forfeiture of office; Disqualification from holding office or employment in the state forever.
Attorney general and district attorney not to advise or defend criminals CC §97-11-3 Misdemeanor
Max $500Forfeiture of office

Can’t hold another office or profit or honor in state

Railroad fares; government officials to pay same fare as general passengers; accepting and using free pass CC §97-11-43 Misdemeanor
10-60 days; $50-$500
Embezzlement; officers, trustees and public employees converting property to own use CC §97-11-25  Max 20 years; $5,000
Bribery; penalty when officer, agent or trustee accepts bribeEmbezzlement; fraud committed in public office CC §97-11-13CC §97-11-29 Max 10 years; $5,000
Forfeiture of office
Embezzlement; accounts to be kept by all public officers; false entries, false certificates, loan of public funds and fraud on the treasury. CC §97-11-29 Max 10 years; Minimum fine of twice embezzled amount
Alteration of records  CC §97-11-1  Max 10 yrs 
Extortion; collecting unauthorized fees and fees for services not actually rendered. CC §97-11-33 Max 5 years; $5,000
Removal from office
Embezzlement; officers and public agents failing to deliver money, records, etc. to successor CC §97-11-27 1-10 years; $1,000
Oath of office and bond; elected officials not to exercise duties before taking oath or giving bond, as required CC §97-11-41 Max 1 year; $500
Bond; approving worthless official bond CC §97-11-9 Max 6 mos.; $500
-Intentional use or disclosure of private informationgained in the course of or by reason of his official

position or employment that could result in pecuniary

benefit for himself, any relative, or any other person

-Use of officialposition to obtain, or attempt to obtain,

pecuniary benefit other than that compensation

provided for by law

-Performing any service for any compensation during

his term of office or employment by which he attempts to

influence a decision of the authority of the governmental

entity of which he is a member; still a violation after

termination of his office or employment

-Purchasing of any claim, certificate, warrant or other

security issued by or to be paid out by the treasury of

the governmental entity of which he is a member

EC §24-5-105Penalty found in

§24-5-109

Censure the individual or/and impose civil fine of up to $10,000; may recommend removal from office for elected officials; for employees, may recommend removal from office, decreased pay, or demotion
Missouri -Knowing violation of any of the provisions found in the ethics laws for public officials and employees; second and subsequent offenseBribery of a public servant

-Acceding to corruption by a public servant

EC §105.478(§105.450 – §105.498)

CC §576.010

CC §576.020

Class D felony
Max 4 years; $5,000 or double the amount gained by the infraction, not to exceed $20,000
 Official misconduct involves discriminating against state employees; demanding undue payment; collects extra taxes; orders unauthorized payment of money; other offenses included for county and local officials.Misuse of official information CC §576.040CC §576.050 Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000
-Knowing violation of any of the provisions found in the ethics laws for public officials and employees; first offense-Knowingly filing a false financial disclosure statement

-Obstructing government operations

EC §105.478(§105.450 – §105.498)

EC §105.492

CC §576.030

Class B misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $500
Montana Bribery in official and political matters CC §45-7-101  Max 10 years; $50,000
Disqualified from holding public office in state
Violation of nepotism law by any public officer or employee or any member of any board, bureau, or commission of this state or any political subdivision thereof EC §2-2-304 Misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $50-$1,000
Accepting compensation for past official behaviorGifts to public servants by persons subject to their jurisdiction (accepting)

Official misconduct by a public servant

CC §45-7-103CC §45-7-104

CC §45-7-401

Max 6 months; $500(Forfeiture of office)
Nebraska -Filing afalse statement or report required by code section (includes financial disclosure form)Bribery EC §49-14,134CC §28-917 Class IV felonyMax 5 years; $10,000
Official misconduct involves knowing violation of any statute or  lawfully adopted rule or regulation relating to official dutiesOppression under color of office CC §28-924CC §28-926 Class II misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $1,000
Giving, receiving unlawful gifts given to influence official actionUse of office or state property or confidential information for personal gain

Knowing violation of sections 49-14,103.01 to 49-14,103.03

Official or full-time employee of executive branch; not to represent a person or act as an expert witness

Misuse of official information

EC §49-14,101EC §49-14,101.01

EC §14-49,103.04

EC §49-14,104

CC §28-925

Class III misdemeanor
Max 3 months; $500
Negligent violation of sections 49-14,103.01 to 49-14,103.03 EC §49-14,103.04 Class V misdemeanor
Max $100
Nevada -Asking or receiving bribe of executive or administrative officerAsking or receiving bribe of public officer or employee CC §197.030CC §197.040 Category C felony
1-5 years; Max $10,000
Forfeiture of office
Unlawful to agree to divide salaryExtortion by public officer or employee CC §197.060CC §197.170 Category D felony
1-4 years; Max $5,000
Forfeiture of office
Misconduct of public officer CC §197.110 Category E felony
1-4 years prison or probation; Max $5,000
Forfeiture of office
Oppression under color of office  CC §197.200  If physical force is used, a Category D felony
1-4 years; Max $5,000
Forfeiture of office
If no force used, misdemeanor, Max 6 mos.; $1,000
Fraudulent appropriation of property CC §197.210 If violation worth $250 or more, category D felony
1-4 years; Max $5,000Forfeiture of office

If violation worth less than $250, misdemeanor
Max 6 mos.; $1,000

Falsely auditing or paying claim CC §197.150 If claim amount is less than $250, misdemeanor
Max 6 mos.; $1,000If claim amount is greater than $250, Category D felony
1-4 years; Max $5,000

Forfeiture of office

-Offering reward for appointment-False report by public officer

-Refusal to surrender public office

-Public officer making false certificate

-Wrongful exercise of official power

-Improperly influencing member of legislative body (legislators are guilty if they solicit or accept improper influence)

CC §197.080CC §197.130

CC §197.120

CC §197.140

CC §197.180

CC §198.010

gross misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,000
Other violations by officers: willful disobedience of any other law regulating his position CC §197.220 Misdemeanor
Max 6 mos.; $1,000
Seeking or accepting any gift, service, favor, employment, engagement, emolument or economic opportunity which would influence a reasonable person in the public officer’s or employee’s position to depart from the faithful and impartial discharge of duties-Using position in government to secure or grant unwarranted privileges, preferences, exemptions or advantages

-Approving, disapproving, voting, abstaining from voting or otherwise acting upon a manner regarding which the public officer or employee has accepted a gift or loan, has pecuniary interest, or which would reasonably be affected by a commitment in a private capacity to the interest of others

(Penalties found EC§281.480)

EC §281A.400

EC §281.420

Up to $5,000 for first violation; up to $10,000 for second violation; up to $25,000 for third violation
New Hampshire -False certification by an officer or employee of the state-False statement in connection with awarding of contracts

-Bribery in official and political matters

-Improper influence; public servants failing to report

EC §96:1EC §96:2

CC §640:2

CC §640:3

Class B felony
Max 7 years; $4,000 
-Public officials barred from purchasing goods, services or property worth more than $200 from the state or political subdivision under which he holds office-Public officials barred from insurance dealings

-Compensation for past action

-Gifts to public servants; public servants accepting gifts

-Compensation for services

-Purchase of public office

-Official Oppression

-Misuse of information

EC §95:1EC §95:1A

CC §640:4

CC §640:5

CC §640:6

CC §640:7

CC §643:1

CC §643:2

Misdemeanor
New Jersey -Bribery in official and political matters-Acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by public servant for official behavior

-Official misconduct

 

CC §2C:27-2CC §2C:27-10

 

If the bribe/benefit is $200 or less, Crime of the third degree
3-5 years; Max $15,000If bribe is more than $200, Crime of the second degree
5-10 years; Max $150,000
 -Unlawful official business transaction where interest is involved; grading; conditions CC §2C:27-9 Crime of the fourth degree
Max 18 mos.; Max $10,000
-No state officer, employee, or member of the Legislature shall:-Representation, appearance or negotiation, directly or indirectly, for acquisition or sale of property by state

-Representation of state agency in transaction involving pecuniary interest

-Disclosure or use for personal gain of information not available to public

-Solicitation, receipt or agreement to receive thing of value for service related to official duties

(penalties found§52-13D-21(i))

EC §52:13D-15

EC §52:13D-20

EC §52:13D-25

EC §52:13D-24

 $500 – $10,000; suspension from office for 1 year; if decided to be willful and continuous disregard of the code of ethics, may be removed from office and may further bar from holding any public office in the State for a 5 year period
New Mexico Demanding or receiving bribe by public officer or public employee CC §30-24-2  Third degree felony
3 years; $5,000Forfeiture of office
Requesting a thing of value in exchange for official actionTaking an official act for the primary purpose of directly enhancing his own financial interest or financial position

Willful violation of financial disclosure requirements

Paying or receiving public money for services not rendered

Making or permitting false public voucher

-Unlawful interest in public contracts where the value received by him is more than $50

Tampering with public records

EC §10-16-3EC §10-16-4

EC §10-16A-7

CC §30-23-2

CC §30-23-3

CC §30-23-6

CC §30-26-1

Fourth degree felony
18 months; Max $5,000
Knowingly and willingly:Obtaining personal benefits incompatible with the public interest

-Accepting honoraria

-Using confidential information for private gain

-Unlawful contracting

 

Unlawful speculation in claims against state

Unlawful interest in public contracts where the value received by him is $50 or less

-Refusal to surrender public record

Willful neglect of duty

(EC Penalty found§10-16-17)

EC §10-16-3

EC §10-16-4

EC §10-16-6

EC §10-16-7; §10-16-8; §10-16-9

CC §30-23-5

CC §30-23-6

CC §30-26-2

EC §10-17-12

MisdemeanorMax 1 year; $1,000

10-60 days; $100-$500

Demanding illegal fees involves asking for anything of value greater than that fixed or allowed by law for the execution or performance of any service CC §30-23-1 Petty Misdemeanor
Max 6 mos.; $500
New York Bribe receiving in the first degree PC §200.12 Class B felony
Max 25 years; $5,000 or double the gain
Bribe receiving in the second degree (more than $10,000)Receiving reward for official misconduct in the first degree PC §200.11PC §200.27 Class C felony
Max 15 years; $5,000 or double the gain
Unlawful fees and payments-Bribery of members of the legislature EC § 77EC §75 Felony
Max 10 years;  $5,000Forfeiture of office; disqualified from holding future office
Receiving bribes by members of legislature.Bribe receiving in the third degree (less than $10,000)

Bribe giving for public office

Bribe receiving for public office

EC §76PC §200.10

PC §200.45

PC §200.50

Class D felony
Max 7 years; $5,000 or double the gainForfeiture of office, disqualification from holding future office
Defrauding the governmentReceiving reward for official misconduct in the second degree PC §195.20PC §200.25 Class E felony
Max 4 years; $5,000 or double the gain
Official misconductReceiving unlawful gratuities PC §195.00PC §200.35 Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000 or double the gain
Knowing and willful violation of financial disclosure statute  EC §73-A Decided by State’s ethics commission, either aCivil penalty, up to $10,000; or, Class A misdemeanor

Max 1 year; $1,000 or double the gain

North Carolina Embezzlement of State property by public officers and employees CC §14-91  If value is $100,000 or more, a Class C felony, Max. 50 years, fine determined by court, or both;If value is less than $1,000, a Class F felony,

Max. 20 years , fine determined by court, or both

Bribery of officials (giving or receiving) CC §14-217 Class F felony
Max. 20 years, fine determined by court, or both
Buying and selling offices CC §14-228 Class I felonyMax. 5 years, fine determined by court, or both
Failing to make reports and discharge other dutiesSwearing falsely to official reports (county officials)

Public officers or employees benefiting from public contracts

Misuse of confidential information

Demanding or receiving compensation of subordinates for appointment or retention

Acting as officer before qualifying as such

Willfully failing to discharge duties

CC §14-231CC §14-232

CC §14-234

CC§14-234.1

EC §128-4

CC §14-229

CC §14-230

Class 1 misdemeanor
Max 1-45 days( fine at discretion of court)

(Forfeiture of Office)

Obtaining repairs and supplies for private vehicle at expense of State CC §14-247 Class 2 misdemeanors
Max 1-30 days; $1,000
North Dakota Publishing false statementsBribery

Illegal influence between legislators or between legislators and governor; trading votes or trading official actions or bribes

-Disclosure of confidential information provided to government.

EC §54-06-12CC §12.1-12-01

CC §12.1-12-02

CC§12.1-13-01

Class C felony
Max 5 years; $5,000 
Unlawful compensation for assistance in government mattersTrading in public office and political endorsement for appointments or nominations)

Speculating or wagering on official action or information.

Public servant’s interest in public contracts.

Official oppression

-Publication of false information in political advertisements

-Use of state or political subdivision services or property for political purposes

CC §12.1-12-03CC §12.1-12-04

CC §12.1-13-02

CC §12.1-13-03

CC §12.1-14-01

EC §16.1-10-04

EC §16.1-10-02

 

Class A misdemeanor
1 year; $2,000 
-Arresting a member or officer of the legislature in violation of a member’s or officer’s privilege from arrest-Disorderly conduct in the immediate view of the house and directly tending to interrupt its proceedings

-Refusing to attend and be examined as a witness, either before the house or a committee thereof, or before any person authorized to take testimony in legislative proceedings

-Giving or offering a bribe to a member or attempting by menace or other corrupt means or device, directly or indirectly, to control or influence a member in giving the member’s vote or to prevent the member giving the same

EC §54-03-17(Penalty found

§54-03-18)

Class A misdemeanor
Max 30 days
Intentional violation of statement of economic interest statutes EC §16.1-09-07 Class B misdemeanor
Max 30 days; $1,000Forfeiture of office
Ohio Bribery  CC §2921.02 Felony of the third degree
1-5 years; Max $10,000
forever disqualified from holding public office
Having an unlawful interest in a public contract: authorizing contracts in which the public officer, a member of his or her family, or an associated business has an interest. CC §2921.42 Felony of the fourth degree
6-18 months; Max $5,000
Theft in office; restitution; withholding of retirement benefits CC §2941.21 Felony of the fifth degree if under $500
6-12 months; Max $2,000Felony of the fourth degree if $500-$5,000
6-18 months; Max $5,000

Felony of the third degree if more than $5,000
1-5 years; Max $10,000

Disqualification from holding office in all cases. Retirement benefits taken for restitution

Filing a false financial disclosure statement-Representation by present or former public official or employee

-No compensation to elected or appointed state official other than from agency served

-Having an unlawful interest in a public contract; during public official’s term of office or within one year thereafter, occupy any position of profit in the prosecution of a public contract authorized by the public official or by a legislative body, commission, or board of which the public official was a member; have an interest in the profits or benefits of a public contract entered into by or for the use of the political subdivision with which the public official is connected; have an interest in the profits or benefits of a public contract that is not let by competitive bidding if required by law and involves more than $150

-Soliciting or accepting improper compensation

-Interfering with civil rights

EC §102.07EC §102.03

EC §102.04

(Penalties §102.99)

CC §2921.42

CC §2921.43

CC §2921.45

Misdemeanor of the first degree
180 days; $1,000
No public official of the state shall recklessly create a deficiency, incur a liability, or expend a greater sum than is appropriated by the general assembly for the use in any one year of the department, agency, or institution of the state with which the public official is connected-No public servant shall recklessly fail to perform a duty or recklessly do any act expressly forbidden by law CC §2921.44 Misdemeanor of the second degree
Max 90 days; $750
Failure to file a statement of financial disclosure-Accepting unlawful gifts from lobbyists

Disclosure of confidential information.

EC §102.31(Penalties §102.99)

CC §2921.24

Misdemeanor of the fourth degree
Max 30 days; $250
Oklahoma Embezzlement and false accounts by state officers CC §21-341  Felony
1-20 years; Max $500
Forfeiture of office, disqualification from future office
Soliciting bribes, trading votes CC §21-309 Felony
Max 10 years; $5,000
Forfeiture of office, disqualification from future office
Offering or receiving a bribe CC §21-318 Felony2-5 years; $1,000-$5,000
Forfeiture of office, disqualification from future office
Member of legislature soliciting or securing employment with state department or institution for another, when the department is funded through legislative appropriation CC §21-321 Felony1-5 years; $100-$1,000

Forfeiture of office

Coercing political participation of state employees. CC §21-360 Felony
Max 2 years; $10,000
Other violation of official conduct; occurs when a state officer willfully disobeys any provisions of law regulating his official conduct, in cases other than those specifiedFraud by officer authorized to sell, lease or make contract CC §21-343CC §21-344 Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $500
Oregon Bribe receivingPublic investment fraud CC §162.025CC §162.117 Class B felony
Max 10 years; $250,000
Filing false statements of financial disclosure required of the State Treasurer and certain other officials EC §244.055 Class C felony
Max 5 years; $125,000
Official misconduct in the first degree CC §162.415 Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $6,250
Misuse of confidential information CC §162.425 Class B misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $2,500
Official misconduct in the second degree CC §162.405 Class C misdemeanor
Max 30 days; $1,250
Soliciting or receiving, directly or indirectly, any gift or gifts with an aggregate value in excess of $50 from any single source that could reasonably be known to have a legislative or administrative interest, during a calendar year-Using or attempting to use official position or office to obtain financial gain or avoidance of financial detriment, if the financial gain or avoidance of financial detriment would not otherwise be available but for the public official’s holding of official position or office

-Soliciting or receiving, directly or indirectly, honoraria if the honoraria are solicited or received in connection with the official duties of the public official

-Appoint, employ or promote a relative or member of the household to, or discharge, fire or demote a relative or member of the household from, a position with the public body that the public official serves or over which the public official exercises jurisdiction or control; unless complies with conflict of interest requirements

EC §244.025EC §244.040

EC §244.042

EC §244.177

Civil penalty of up to $5,000; if public official financially benefitted from violation, can fine twice the amount realized in addition to original fee
Pennsylvania Bribery in official and political matters  CC §4701  Felony of the third degreeMax 7 years; $2,500-$15,000
-Unlawful to engage in conduct that constitutes a conflict of interest-Unlawful to accept or seek improper influence EC §1103(a)EC §1103(b) Felony
Max 5 years; $10,000
Willfully affirming or swearing falsely in regard to any material matter before an ethics commission proceeding EC §1109(e) Felony
Max 5 years; $5,000
Official oppression-Speculating or wagering on official action or information CC §5301CC §5302 Misdemeanor of the second degreeMax 2 years;  $500-$5,000
-Improperly representing another before a state agency-Accepting an honorarium

-Soliciting or accepting a severance payment or anything of monetary value contingent upon the assumption or acceptance of public office or employment

-Improperly contracting with the state

-Vote on a matter in which there is a conflict of interest

-Improperly files or does not file a statement of economic interest

EC §1105 Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000 (Anyone who gains financially from a violation must pay three times the gain)
Rhode Island -Solicitation or acceptance of bribe by agent, employee, or public official EC §11-7-3 Felony
Max 20 years; $5,000-$50,000 or three times the bribe
Having an interest in conflict with official duties-Disclosing confidential information

-Representing another before his or her employing agency

-Acting as an expert witness before employing agency

-Violating post-employment restrictions

-Soliciting or accepting things of value based on an understanding that it will influence his or her official action

-Entering into contracts with the state unless through open, competitive bidding

-Threatening a witness appearing before the state ethics commission

EC §36-14-19 (Penalty found §36-14-19 Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000Max 5 years; $500
-Failure to pay state funds into treasury CC §11-28-1 Max 5 years; $500
Failure of officer to pay over fines, forfeitures, or penalties CC §11-28-2 Three times the value of the amount not forfeited
South Carolina  -Offering, giving, soliciting, or receiving anything of value to influence action of public employee, member, or official, or to influence testimony of witness EC §18-13-705  Felony
Max 10 years; $10,000
Forfeiture of office, disqualification from future office
-Use of official position or office for financial gain-Failure to report particular gifts received by public employee, official, or member on statement of economic interests

-Offering, soliciting, or receiving money for advice or assistance of public official, member or employee

-Representation of another by public official, member, or employee before a governmental entity

-Paid representation of clients and contracting by member of General Assembly or associate in particular situations

-Nepotism

-Restrictions on former public official, member, or employee serving as lobbyist or accepting employment in field of former office

-Employment by government contractor of former public official, member, or employee who was engaged in procurement

-Use of government personnel or facilities for campaign purposes

-Members of General Assembly prohibited from serving on state boards and commissions

-Public official, member, or employee with official function related to contracts not permitted to have economic interest in contracts

EC §18-13-700EC §18-13-710

EC §18-13-720

EC §18-13-740

EC §18-13-745

EC §18-13-750

EC §18-13-755

EC §18-13-760

EC §18-13-765

EC §18-13-770

EC §18-13-775

Misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $5,000
Acceptance of bribes CC §16-9-220 2-10 years; $5,000
Forfeiture of office; Disqualification from future office
Use or disclosure of confidential information by public official, member, or employee for financial gain EC §18-13-725 Max 5 years; $5,000
Acceptance of rebates or extra compensation CC §16-9-230 3 months-5 years; $100-$500
-Offering bribe for purpose of inducing another to procure public office CC §16-9-280 Max 6 months; $100-$500
-Acceptance of bribes for purpose of procuring public office CC §16-9-290 Max $100; prison at court’s discretion
South Dakota -Solicitation of bribes by legislatorsBribery or unlawful influence of legislators

-Bribery of public officer

Solicitation of bribes by public officer

CC §22-12A-5CC §22-12A-4

CC §22-12A-6

CC §22-12A-7

 

Class 4 felony
Max 10 years; $10,000Forfeiture of office; disqualification from future office
-Unlawful assumption of public office-Receiving consideration for allowing unlawful assumption of public office

-Solicitation of unauthorized fee for doing official act

-Solicitation of compensation for omission of official duty

CC §22-12A-1CC §22-12A-2

CC §22-12A-8

CC §22-12A-9

Class 1 misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $1,000Forfeiture of office; disqualification from future office
-Improper interest by public officers in state contracts-Willful failure to perform official duty

-Keeping office or property at unauthorized place

-Failure to submit statements of financial interest

EC §3-16-7EC §3-16-1

EC §3-16-2

EC §3-1A-6

Class 2 misdemeanor
30 days; $200
Tennessee -Bribery of public servant; public servant accepting or agreeing to accept a bribe CC §39-16-102  Class B felony8-30 years; Max $25,000
-Buying and selling in regard to offices CC §39-16-105 Class C felony
3-15 years; Max $10,000
-Soliciting unlawful compensation-Official misconduct

-Official oppression

-Misuse of official information

CC §39-16-104CC §39-16-402

CC §39-16-403

CC §39-16-404

Class E felony
1-6 years; Max $3,000
-Knowingly or willfully committing misconduct in office; neglecting to perform any duty enjoined upon such officer by any laws of the state-Appearing in public place in a state of intoxication produced by strong drink voluntarily taken

-Engaging in any form of illegal gambling

-Committing any act constituting violation of any penal statue involving moral turpitude

EC §8-47-10 Removal from office
Texas -Offering, conferring, or agrees to confer on another, or solicits, accepts, or agrees to accept a bribe PC §36.02  Felony of the second degree
2-10 years; Max $10,000
-Misuse of official information  PC §39.06  Felony of the third degree2-10 years; Max $10,000
-Abuse of official capacity; misuse of government property  PC §39.02  Value under $20:Class C misdemeanor

Max $500

Value $20-$500:

Class B misdemeanor

Max 180 days; $2,000

Value $500-$1,500:

Class A misdemeanor

Max 1 year; $4,000

Value $1,500-$20,000:

State jail felony

180 days-2 years; Max $10,000

Value $20,000-$100,000:

Felony of third degree

2-10 years; Max $10,000

Value $100,000-$200,000:

Felony of second degree

2-20 years; Max $10,000

Value over $200,000:

Felony of first degree

5-99 years; Max $10,000

-Voting by legislators on certain measures that directly benefit a specific business transaction of a business entity in which the member has a controlling interest-Representation by legislators before state agencies for compensation

-Representation of former officer or employee of regulatory agency restricted

-Contracts by state officers with governmental entities

-Acceptance of honorarium

-Gift to public servant by person subject to his jurisdiction

-Abuse of official capacity; knowing violation of a law relating to the public servant’s office

-Official oppression

GC §572.053GC §572.052

GC §572.054

GC §572.056

PC §36.07

PC §36.08

PC §39.02

PC §39.03

Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $4,000
-Knowing failure to file financial disclosure statements GC §572.034 Class B misdemeanor
Max 180 days; $2,000
-Coercing another to suppress information PC §39.06  Class C misdemeanorMax $500
-Criminal penalty for nepotism violation GC §572.084 Misdemeanor
$100-$1,000
Utah -Misusing public monies; more than $5,000  CC §76-8-402  Felony of the second degree
1-15 years; Max $10,000
-Alteration of proposed legislative bill or resolution-Alteration of enrolled legislative bill or resolution

-Misusing public monies

-Failure to keep and pay over public monies

-Making profit from misusing public monies

-Stealing, destroying or mutilating public records by custodian

CC §76-8-107CC §76-8-108

CC §76-8-402

CC §76-8-403

CC §76-8-404

CC §76-8-412

 

Felony of the third degree
Max 5 years; $5,000 
-Bribery or offering a bribe-Receiving or soliciting a bribe or bribery by a public servant

 

CC §76-8-103CC §76-8-105 If gain less than $1,000, third degree felonyMax 5 years; $5,000

If gain more than $1,000, second degree felony1-15 years; Max $10,000

-Improperly disclosing or using private, controlled, or protected information-Using position to secure privileges or exemptions

-Accepting employment which would impair independence of judgment or ethical performance

-Accepting gift, compensation, or loan

-Requiring donation, payment, or service to government agency in exchange for approval

-Participation in transaction involving business as to which the public officer or employee has interest

-Conflicts of interests prohibited

-Inducing others to violate chapters

EC §67-16-4EC §67-16-5

EC §67-16-5.3

EC §67-16-8

EC §67-16-9

EC §67-16-10

(Penalties found §67-16-12)

If gain is worth more than $1,000, felony of the second degree (1-15 years; Max $10,000)If gain is $250-$1,000, or gain is less than $250 and the public servant has been twice previously convicted under chapter, a felony of the third degree (Max 5 years; $5,000)If gain is $100-$250, a class A misdemeanor (Max 1 year; $2,500)If gain less than $100, class B misdemeanor (Max 6 mos. $1,000)For all of the above, removal from office
-Official misconduct; unlawful acts based on “inside” information CC §76-8-202 Class A misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500
-A legislator, member of his household, or client having an interest in the profits or benefits of a state contract when the state contract is the direct result of a bill sponsored by the legislator unless the contract is let in compliance with state procurement policies and is open to the general public-Failure of member of Legislature to disclose interest in measure or bill

-Official misconduct; unauthorized acts or failure of duty

-Unofficial misconduct

EC §36-19-1CC §76-8-109

CC §76-8-201

CC §76-8-203

Class B misdemeanor
Max 6 mos.; $1,000
Vermont -Public officers or employees accepting bribes CC 13 §1102  If benefit less than $500, Max 2 years; $5,000.If benefit more than $500, Max 10 years; $10,000.
Kickbacks; purchasing supplies-Kickbacks; granting licenses

-Kickbacks; private corporations

CC 13 §1106CC 13 §1107

CC 13 §1108

If benefit less than $500, Max 2 years; $5,000.If benefit more than $500, Max 5 years; $10,000.
-Neglect of duty by public officers CC 13 §3006 Max 1 year; $1,000
Taking illegal fees CC 13 §3010 Max $100
Virginia -Embezzlement of public or other funds-Acceptance of bribe by officer or candidate CC §18.2-112CC §18.2-439 Class 4 felony
2-10 years; max $100,000
Forfeiture of office, Forever disqualified from future office
For legislators (Title 30, Chapter 13) and public officials (Title 2.2, Chapter 31):-Solicitation or accepting additional compensation for regular work duties

-Offering or accepting a thing of value for employment

-Offering or accepting a thing of value for the use of his or her official position to obtain a contract with another

-Accepting a thing of value that tends to influence decision making

-Representing clients unlawfully before certain agencies during the year after state employment

-Accepting honorariums

-Accepting certain appointments to boards

-Having interests in certain contracts

-False entries or destruction of records by officers

 

Penalty found for legislators §30-123, for public officers, employees §2.2-3120CC §18.2-472 Class 1 misdemeanor
Max 1 year; $2,500(Forfeiture of office. Forever disqualified from future office)
Washington -Misappropriation and falsification of accounts by public officer-Bribery; offering, conferring, accepting, or agreeing to accept EC §42.20.070CC §9A.68.010 Class B felonyMax 10 years, $20,000

 

-Misappropriation by treasurer-Requesting unlawful compensation

-Receiving or granting unlawful compensation

-Trading in public office

EC §42.20.090CC §9A.68.020

CC §9A.68.030

CC §9A.68.040

Class C felonyMax 5 years, $10,000
-Powers may not be delegated for profit-Intrusion into and refusal to surrender public office

-False report by a public officer

-Public officer making false certificate

-Falsely auditing and paying claims

-Official misconduct

-False certification made by public officer

EC §42.20.020EC §42.20.030

EC §42.20.040

EC §42.20.050

EC §42.20.060

CC §9A.80.010

CC §9A.60.050

Gross misdemeanor
Max 1 year: $5,000
-Failure of duty by public officer EC §42.20.100 Misdemeanor
Max 90 days; $1,000
West Virginia -Bribery in official and political matters CC §61-5A-3 Felony
1-10 years; disqualified from holding office
-Unlawful rewarding for past behavior CC §61-5A-4 Misdemeanor
3 months-1 year; Max $5,000
-Gifts or gratuities to public servants-Trading in public office CC §61-5A-6CC §61-5A-7 Misdemeanor
3 months-1 year; $50-$1,000
-Disclosure of confidential information-Representing clients before state agencies

-Representing others before state boards

EC §6B-2-10(a) Misdemeanor
Max 6 months; $1,000
-Failure or refusal to file a financial disclosure statement EC §6B-2-10(c) Misdemeanor;
$100-$1,000
Willfully and knowingly filing a false financial statement or concealing a material fact in filing the statement EC §6B-2-10(b) Max 1 year; $1,000Disqualified from future office
and future jury duty
-Receiving bribe by officer in delay of service of process CC §61-5-6 Misdemeanor Max 6 months; $100
-Failure to perform official duties CC §61-5-28 Misdemeanor $100
Wisconsin -Bribery of public officers and employees CC §946.10 Class H felony
Max 6 years; $10,000
Giving or withholding votes-Influence in return for things of value

-Special privileges from public utilities

-Misconduct in public office

-Private interest in public contract

-Purchasing claims at less than full value

-Public and publicly funded construction contracts at less than full value

EC §19.58(b)CC §946.11

CC §946.12

CC §946.13

CC §946.14

CC §946.15

Class I felony
Max 3 years, 6 mos.; $10.000
Corrupt means to influence legislation CC §946.17 Class A misdemeanorMax 9 months; $10,000
-Judicial officer collecting claims CC §946.16 Class B misdemeanor
Max 90 days; $1,000
Failing to meet financial disclosure requirements-Use of position for personal gain

-Accepting a thing of value from someone who could reasonably by except to be offering it to influence an official action

-Accept reimbursements in certain circumstances

-Disclose confidential information

-Use their public positions to gain unlawful privileges for themselves or others

-Enter into certain state contracts

-Represent others before state government in certain cases

-Appear before the department he or she formerly worked for within one year of leaving the department

-Failure to follow prohibitions on conflicts of interest

EC §19.58(a) Max 1 year
$100-$5,000
Wyoming Bribery-Compensation for past official behavior

-Soliciting unlawful compensation

CC §6-5-102CC §6-5-103

CC §6-5-104

Felony
Max 10 years; $5,000
Removal from office
-Failure or refusal to account for, deliver, or pay over property CC §6-5-111 Felony
5 years; $5,000Removal from office
-Requiring or directing a bidder or contractor to deal with a particular person in procuring any goods or service required in submitting a bid to or fulfilling a contract with any government-Official misconduct CC §6-5-105CC §6-5-107 Misdemeanor
6 mos; $750(Removal from office)
-Conflict of interest; receiving a personal benefit from a state contract CC §6-5-106 Misdemeanor
Max $5,000Removal from office
-Issuing false certificates-Wrongful appropriation of public property CC §6-5-108CC §6-5-110 Misdemeanor
Max $1,000
-Failure to meet financial disclosure requirements-Voting on matters in which the legislator has a private interest

-Misuse of office

-Nepotism

-Use of prestige of office for private gain

EC §9-13-109 Misdemeanor
Max $1,000
 Guam -Receiving and giving bribes CC §49.30  Felony of the first degree
-Failing to file a felony conviction report that is required, or knowingly and willfully filing a felony conviction report that contains false or misleading information EC §13106(b)  Third degree felony90 days-3 years; $5,000 for each non-disclose felony conviction
-Unlawful influence by extortion CC §49.50 Felony of the third degree
 -Unlawful disbursement of public funds appropriated by I Liheslaturan Guåhan (Guam Legislature) to exceed the amount and purposes stated in the appropriation or change or shift appropriations from one item to another by officer, clerk, or other person EC §14110 Malfeasance in office; upon conviction, MisdemeanorMax 3 years; fined at discretion of the court
-Failing to file a financial report that is required, or knowingly and willfully filing a false financial report-Use of information for private gain

-Official misconduct

EC §13106(a)CC §49.80

CC §49.90

Misdemeanor 
-Soliciting, accepting, or receiving, directly or indirectly, any gift valued singly or in the aggregate from a single source in excess of $200 if gift is intended or inferred that it is intended to influence the official’s performance-Failure to file a gift disclosure statement

-Disclosing confidential information

-Using or attempting to use an official position to secure or grant unwarranted privileges, exemptions, advantages, contracts, or treatment

-Taking official action that is in line with a conflict of interest

-Violating post employment restrictions

EC §15201EC §15202

EC §15203

EC §15204

EC §15205

EC §15210

In addition to any other powers the Civil Service Commission or other government agency may have to discipline, may reprimand, put on probation, demote, suspend, or discharge official or employee(Penalty found §15404)
Puerto Rico -Disregarding the laws in effect-Delaying the rendering of services of hinder the efficient operations of the executive branch or executive agencies

-Using duties and powers of office to gain advantages, privileges, or benefits not permitted by law

-Requesting or accepting, whether directly or indirectly, additional compensation

-Soliciting or accepting, whether directly or indirectly, from any person whatsoever of monetary value, including gifts, loans, promises, favors or services in exchange for actions being of influence of that person or another

-Revealing or using confidential information

-Intervening in any matter having a conflict of interest

-Using any representative motifs, emblems, logos, buttons, signs, transfers, stickers, or insignias of any political party or candidate, or identify or promote, directly or indirectly, the electoral interests of any political part or candidate while in performance of their duties

-Accepting an employment or maintaining contractual or business relationships or responsibilities in addition to those of his public office or employment

-Contracting where there is a conflict of interest

-Representing or counseling any private person, directly or indirectly, before any executive agency, court or other government dependency, in cases and matters related to the Government of Puerto Rico, or in cases or matters that involve conflicts of interest or public policy, between the Government and the interests of said private person

-Violating any restrictions on employment for former public servants; includes disclosing information, receiving employment at any entity participated in during time of official employment

EC §1822EC §1823

EC §1824

EC §1827

FelonyDepending on circumstances: 9 months-2 years;

$1,000-$3,000;

Disqualified from public office or employment; Any person who financial gains will pay a sum of up to 3 times the amount gained

(Penalties found §1828)

-Aggravated misappropriation-Extortion

-Undue intervention in government operation

-Bribery; Aggravated bribery

-Offer to bribe

-Undue influence

-Crimes against public funds

-Forgery of documents; preparation, presentation, possession, and transfer of forged documents

EC §928b Rescission of all contracts in effect between individual and agency or instrumentality of the Commonwealth Government; reimbursement of payments made with regard to the contract or contracts directed affected by the commission of the crime(Penalty found §928c)
U.S. Virgin Islands -Embezzlement or falsification of public accounts-Neglecting to pay over public monies CC §1662CC §1663

 

Max 10 years; $10,000; disqualified from holding office
-Offering or giving bribes to judicial officer CC §401 Max 10 years; $2,000
-Solicitation or receipt of bribes by public officials-Acceptance of bribe by judicial officer CC §403CC §402 Max 5 years; $1,000
-Extortion-Blackmail CC §701CC §704 Max 5 years
-False certificates by public officers CC §1664 Max 2 years; $500
-Disclosure of confidential trade secrets CC §1665 Max 1 year; $1,000
-Official oppression CC §703 Max 1 year; $200

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