Public Corruption

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Collora LLP has a long history of representing government officials and organizations in connection with major federal and state ethics and corruption cases. Among our attorneys, we have a former Federal Prosecutor who investigated and tried various public corruption cases, including bribery and contracting fraud. Collora's attorneys help elected and appointed government officials, public figures and agencies resolve ethical allegations to the best possible outcome while protecting their reputations.

As with all of our clients, we strive to resolve ethics and public corruption matters quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, without unnecessary publicity. Some of our proudest achievements in ethics cases are quiet and confidential resolutions. We assist public officials resolve matters including:

  • Breach of Campaign Finance Rules
  • Bribery, Illegal Gratuities and Improper Influence
  • Conflicts of Interest Statutes and Rules
  • Hobbs Act Violations
  • Honest Services Fraud 
  • Improper Awarding of Contracts 
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Misappropriation of Funds
  • Racketeering

Representative Experience

  • Resolved without any criminal referral an inquiry by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) into whether a regional retirement board had improperly used public funds for supporting ballot question positions. 
  • Represented municipality, mayor and city officials in False Claims Act case brought by the federal government alleging misconduct by city officials, obtaining dismissal of case that was upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals. 
  • Defended a former high-ranking federal official against threatened multi-count felony indictment for ethics violations. Resolved the case with plea to single misdemeanor count and $10,000 fine with no probation.
  • In a number of instances, successfully resolved allegations concerning breaches of ethics or conflict of interest rules for clients who were public officials, persuading authorities that no action was merited and insuring no publicity of the allegations.