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List of politicians who have been caught taking bribes.Politicians are elected with the purpose of serving office with the need of his or her constituents on their mind. They’re supposed to do what’s best for the people of their district and represent their needs. However, politics often tempts greedy and corrupt people to take office in hopes of using their political power to gain influence in the world and fill their bank accounts. The biggest political scandals are often about politicians who have taken or solicited bribes for their own benefit.

Bribery is such an offensive crime to most people because politicians are not supposed to think of their own needs before the needs of those who elected them. Bribes are usually taken to push forward a piece of legislation that is beneficial to a business person or corporation. Sometimes bribes are taken to help put somebody unsavory in office or in a position of power which they didn’t earn. No matter what the reason, bribery in politics is not only worth jail time, it earns the distrust of every constituent.

Which politicians have been caught taking bribes? This list features many politicians who have been caught taking bribes, many of whom served time.

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William J. Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 15 Politicians Who Were Caught Taking Bribes
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In 2005, Rep William J. Jefferson was video taped accepting $100k from an FBI informant. Nonetheless, he was re-elected that year. In 2007, he was indited on 16 felony charges. He received 13 years in jail, the longest sentence for bribery.

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Birthplace: East Carroll Parish, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more

Nationality: United States of America

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Eric Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 15 Politicians Who Were Caught Taking Bribes
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Eric Stevenson


Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was caught up in a bribery scandal when his crooked partner in crime turned into an FBI informant. He took bribes in exchange for pushing forward legislation to help those who bribed him. Stevenson has been charged but has yet to be sentenced. 

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Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more

Dennis Malone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 15 Politicians Who Were Caught Taking Bribes
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Dennis Malone


Frank Sparaco, a Republican Rockland County legislator, was offered multiple bribes to help put Dennis Malone, a Democratic candidate hopeful, on the ballot to become Clarkstown Highway Superintendent. Sparaco immediately went to officials and made secret audio recordings to catch Malone in the act. 
Dianne Wilkerson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 15 Politicians Who Were Caught Taking Bribes
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Former Massachusetts Senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested by the FBI for accepting bribes totaling $23,500. She resigned from office in 2008 and was convicted to 3.5 years in prison.

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Birthplace: Pine Bluff, Arkansas, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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