Corruption in Government

4681 Words Jul 3rd, 2012 19 Pages
Corruption in Leadership: Public Service and Government Cynthia Klecha

Abstract
Corruption throughout the world is extensive. Corruption is defined as the twisting of integrity. A corrupt individual is an opponent of the truth; their virtues and ethics are deficient. In the United States, people in all positions of private district, public assistance, and government bureaus have been entangled in varieties of corruption. Corruption crimes include bribes, insider trading, patronage, embezzlement, electoral fraud, kickbacks, unholy alliances, conflicts of interest and several others. Corruption is a weapon that demoralizes the credibility of public
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This corruption affects the trust of the public and threatens the safety of the nation. Each act of corruption from a public servant can have extenuating results reaching far beyond those initially involved in the offense. Most officials who serve the public strive to enhance the lives of Americans, but several make choices to go against the law because of unethical motives. These reasons usually include assembling a larger bank account for themselves or their families. Public officials involved in corruption offenses have come from employees who work at city hall, police departments, schools, courts, transportation, zoning or health departments, and governmental offices. Politicians in all sectors of politics are not immune to public corruption either. The FBI, in 2005 made public corruption number four on their top ten orders of investigative priorities. The FBI began a national program around the country, putting trained agents in strategic positions to detect public corruption. They use skills in surveillance in both the cyber world and undercover operations. The FBI officials often team with governments in each state to identify fraud and also work together to prevent different types of corruption. Dan O'Brien, Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud program at FBI Headquarters stated, “In 2004, we opened over 900 cases, which led to over 650 convictions or guilty pleas. We're also proactive. We've got analysts…