Fla. Corruption Law Puts Target On Government Contractors

By Carolina Bolado (April 1, 2016, 6:45 PM EDT) -- Unscrupulous government contractors may soon find themselves the targets of corruption charges thanks to a new Florida anti-public corruption bill that brings private contractors under the "public servant" definition under state law and lowers the burden of proof for state prosecutors.

H.B. 7071, signed last week by Gov. Rick Scott, changes the definition of "public servant" to include private businesses that contract with the government, making them potential targets for investigations into bid tampering, bribery and falsification of official documents.

The law also removes the requirement that a prosecutor prove a target of an investigation acted with "corrupt intent," a burden...

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