Under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act, the offence of bribing a public official can attract a penalty as follows:
- A maximum penalty of prison for up to 10 years
- A fine of up to $1M
- the company a person works for could be fined
- up to $11M
- 3 times the value of the benefit,
- 10 percent of the company’s turnover in a period of 12 months. The time is measured from 12 months before the offence was committed
The Prosecution does not have to prove that any business or business advantage was obtained or retained from the issue of the alleged bribe. Nor is it a defence that the local custom demanded a bribe.
Have you been charged with bribery of a foreign official or want learn more? Read on:
- Elements of the charge of bribery of a foreign public official
- Penalties for bribery of a foreign public official
- What is a benefit in a foreign bribery case?
- Facilitation payments
- Who is a foreign official in a bribery case?
- Defences to charges of bribing a foreign official
- Using a criminal lawyer in bribery of a foreign official matters