Honesty is Still the Best Policy: Former Rep. Ney Sentenced for Role in Congressional Bribery Scandal

There is a fine line between ethical breaches and crimes, and organizations (government included) need to watch for the phenomenon of ethical culture creep. The receipt of gifts or gratuities, or use of one’s position for personal gain, are ethical breaches that lead to crimes. The Organizational Sentencing Guidelines recognize the relationship between ethics and compliance with law. Governments need to develop and monitor effective compliance programs too, and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are a great place to start.

In the latest chapter of the congressional bribery debacle involving disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Rep. Bob Ney was sentenced today to 30 months in federal prison for his role. Mr. Ney pleaded guilty to trading official favors for golf trips, tickets, meals and campaign donations from Abramoff. For more on the story, see today’s Wall Street Online Journal

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