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In an annual report that underscores that violations of conflicts of interest pose potential criminal consequences as well as career consequences, the Office of Government Ethics has found that 10 such cases brought by the Justice Department against federal employees were resolved in 2021.

The cited cases primarily involved charges of conflict of interests arising from bribery but also involved issues of improper supplementation of salary, false statements, unauthorized representation of claims against the government, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and bank fraud, among others. Penalties included imprisonment, supervised release and fines.


“The survey highlights how the Department of Justice enforces the criminal conflict of interest laws, and is a useful resource ethics officials can use to educate employees about how these laws apply in real-world situations,” said the OGE.

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