Corruption and Fraud
Corruption and fraud are, in this context, when an entity in power does things that are dishonest or contrary to commonly accepted ethics and laws. "Corruption and fraud both mean the misuse of public power for private gain (including gain for one’s own family, group or party)."
How it Works
Profit may be involved, in the form of money or power where favors are exchanged for favors. Often these favors are not legal or questionably legal.
A global study into corruption and fraud in the public sector found that public corruption and fraud was an issue that effected countrties from all parts of the world, although to varying degrees.
From the study: "The countries which are mentioned most often as the most corrupt countries in the world are (in this order): Italy, Russia, Nigeria, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, China, Japan, Zaire and Indonesia."
Judge taking bribe from a privately owned prison to sentence minor offenses more harshly in order to keep the private prison full(citation needed).
The Hidden Money(citation needed)
- Huberts, L. W. J. C. "What can be done against public corruption and fraud: Expert views on strategies to protect public integrity." Crime, Law and Social Change 29.2-3 (1998): 209-224.
- Huberts, L. W. J. C. "What can be done against public corruption and fraud: Expert views on strategies to protect public integrity." Crime, Law and Social Change 29.2-3 (1998): 210.