SUBPART B.  BRIBERY AND INTIMIDATION

§118.  Public bribery

A.(1)  Public bribery is the giving or offering to give, directly or indirectly, anything of apparent present or prospective value to any of the following persons, with the intent to influence his conduct in relation to his position, employment, or duty:

(a)  Public officer, public employee, or person in a position of public authority.

(b)  Repealed by Acts 2010, No. 797, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2011.

(c)  Grand or petit juror.

(d)  Witness, or person about to be called as a witness, upon a trial or other proceeding before any court, board, or officer authorized to hear evidence or to take testimony.

(e)  Any person who has been elected or appointed to public office, whether or not said person has assumed the title or duties of such office.

(2)  The acceptance of, or the offer to accept, directly or indirectly, anything of apparent present or prospective value, under such circumstances, by any of the above named persons, shall also constitute public bribery.

B.  For purposes of this Section, "public officer", "public employee", or "person in a position of public authority", includes those enumerated in R.S. 14:2(9), and also means any public official, public employee, or person in a position of public authority, in other states, the federal government, any foreign sovereign, or any subdivision, entity, or agency thereof.

C.(1)  Whoever commits the crime of public bribery shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or both.

(2)  In addition to the penalty provided for in Paragraph (1) of this Subsection, a person convicted of the provisions of this Section may be ordered to pay restitution to the state if the state suffered a loss as a result of the offense.  Restitution shall include the payment of legal interest at the rate provided in R.S. 13:4202.

D.  Property which was given, offered, or accepted during the commission of the crime of public bribery shall be deemed to be contraband and shall be subject to seizure and forfeiture.  Upon final disposition of the case, the district attorney may petition the district court to forfeit the property seized in connection with a violation of this Section, and such property seized under this Section shall be forfeited upon:

(1)  A showing by the district attorney of a conviction for a violation of the provisions of this Section.

(2)  A showing by the district attorney that the seizure was made incident to an arrest with probable cause or a search under a valid search warrant pursuant to other provisions of law.

E.  Property forfeited pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be disposed of as follows:

(1)  When the property is not cash or currency, it shall be disposed of pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 15:41.

(2)  When the property consists of cash or currency, it shall be forfeited and distributed as follows:

(a)  Fifty-five percent to the law enforcement agency or agencies who investigated the crime.

(b)  Fifteen percent to the criminal court fund.

(c)  Twenty-five percent to the prosecuting authority that prosecuted the crime.

(d)  Five percent to the clerk of court.

F.  If the charges of public bribery are dismissed by the district attorney, or if the accused is acquitted following a trial in the district court of the parish in which the violation is alleged to have occurred, all property shall be immediately returned to the owner.

Amended by Acts 1975, No. 802, §1; Acts 1988, No. 684, §1; Acts 2008, No. 269, §1; Acts 2010, No. 797, §2, eff. Jan. 1, 2011; Acts 2010, No. 811, §1, eff. Aug. 15, 2011.