Saturday, October 22, 2005

It's Not Worth Your Career

The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia announced the guilty plea of Thomas Perry for giving illegal gratuities to federal and contract workers to receive government contracts for transportation services.  What is interesting about cases like this is how modest the gratuities usually are, as compared to the loss that will be felt by the employees and payors from a criminal conviction.  According to the government's press release (here): "The items of value consisted of, among other things, lunches and dinners at various restaurants in the Hampton Roads area, an open tab at a delicatessen in Portsmouth, Virginia, airline tickets, concert tickets, NASCAR race tickets, hotel room charges, sports memorabilia, and a jacuzzi."  I know how popular NASCAR is, but would you trade your career for a pair of tickets? (ph)

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