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Is accepting a bribe treated the same way as the person offering the bribe? Are they both crimes?

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If people accept huge sums of money in exchange for unethical favors, some of these favors required lying and giving false statements, stealing personal personal property and other favors included just being paid to not show up for work for the person being targeted, just to upset them. If the person accepting the bribe does it just for the money, are they as guilty as the people offering them the money? How do you prove something like this if everyone is afraid to come forward?

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    Both sides of the bribe are illegal and can result in arrest and criminal prosecution.

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  2. Both are illegal and there are too many ways to prove it to list here.


  3. Bribe receiving is also a crime. Contact your local District Attorneys office to report this crime if it is a public servant.


  4. Contact the offices of the NYS Attorney General. They will help you to find the correct law enforcement agency to assist in bringing this conduct into the light. My colleagues are correct in that both offering and accepting a bribe is against the law.


  5. Offering,accepting,placing and soliciting a bribe are all criminal activities. The bribery need not ever occur for someone to be guilty. Attempted bribery, conspiracies etc all are forbidden. Under certain circumstances, if you knowingly conceal or fail to disclose bribery will also be deemed criminal. I hope this answer paints the working definition of bribery with a very broad brush.


  6. Bribery in NY state involves payment to a public official intended to influence their actions in their official positions. Both giver and receiver are subject to prosecution. Usually how it is proven is that one of the individual's either providing or accepting the bribe is caught doing something else illegal and they are "turned" to get others for a better deal.

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