Graft

Giving or offering a gratuity to obtain public appointment – Penal Code Section 73 To ensure public confidence in government, Penal Code Section 73 sets forth misdemeanor-level punishment for any person who attempts to secure public office by way of a gratuity or reward. Commentary: Section 73 is infrequently used. California prosecutors typically take an…

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Government Officials Requesting Benefits, Gratuities or Rewards For Doing Official Acts – Penal Code Section 70 With notable exceptions, California law forbids government officials from accepting benefits, gratuities, rewards or other forms of compensation in exchange for doing official acts.1 The law applies to both executive and ministerial government officers. Executive officers utilize discretion in…