An employee may be charged with commercial bribery if he or she agrees to award a contract or a bid, or to purchase products or services from a company in exchange for a personal benefit and contrary to the benefit of his/her employer. Commercial bribery can take the form of a kickback or a bribe. Commercial bribery is a crime under the laws of Florida and has been prosecuted in federal court under the mail and wire fraud statutes.
One can be found guilty of commercial bribery for advertising oneself as an impartial agent while one is actually soliciting or accepting a benefit that influences the selection of a company or product. It is common for the employee to also be charged with federal mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and tax evasion, in cases involving commercial bribery brought in federal court.
Our Orlando white-collar crimes lawyers defend purchasing agents, realtors, government employees, financial advisors, and other types of employees facing felony criminal charges for commercial bribery. In Florida, commercial bribery is considered a felony if the value of the benefit to the employee is $500 or more.
Very few corporate bribery cases involve suitcases full of money or other blatant handouts. Most corporate bribery cases involve much more subtle fact scenarios and are won and lost in a grey area of interpretation. Many instances of corporate bribery are concealed so as to raise no suspicion, and many innocent day-to-day business interactions can be seen as bribery.
There are rules regarding gratuities in the corporate environment. If you have been accused of giving or receiving illegal gratuities or bribes, or if you think you might be under investigation for this crime, our Orlando criminal defense lawyers can help you mount a defense.
To speak with an attorney regarding corporate bribery charges, call our Florida law office at (407) 901-5852 or contact us online. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day to ensure that we can respond quickly to legal emergencies.
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