Corruption Defined Broadly

Singapore’s Prevention of Corruption Act broadly defines corruption as any inducement with the intent to benefit tangibly or intangibly in the public or private sector. It applies to both individuals and companies even if Singapore citizens or companies commit the offense overseas. The maximum penalty under sections 5 and 6 of the Prevention of Corruption Act is a fine of $100,000 and a jail term of five years. When the offense involves a Government employee, however, the jail term can go up to seven years. Offenders are also required to pay the amount they received as bribes. When the individual receiving the bribe is a public servant, the onus is on the individual to prove his or her innocence. Informants can remain anonymous.

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