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CRM 500-999

830. Bribe Offerer or Payer, 18 U.S.C. § 215(a)(1)

The current subsection (a)(1) of 18 U.S.C. § 215 prohibits any person from corruptly giving, offering, or promising anything of value to any person, with intent to influence or reward an officer, director, employee, agent, or attorney of a financial institution in connection with any business or transaction of such institution. Subsection (a)(1) fills a major gap in the pre-October 12, 1984, statute, which did not directly cover the offerer or payer of the bribe. The thing of value can be for the benefit of the official or any other persons or entity (other than the financial institution).

[cited in JM 9-40.000]