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Bribery is a corrupt payment to a public official. When a public official gives or accepts anything of value in return for performing an official duty, the official can be charged with bribery. Likewise, the person bribing the official is culpable. Bribery offenses are felony crimes punishable by a prison sentence for all persons charged with participating in the criminal act. Building inspectors who accept gifts to issue completion permits on new business construction can be charged with bribery, for example.