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Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

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Meet Todd Spodek


The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group

The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.

What Is Federal Bribery

What Is Federal Bribery

Federal bribery charges are serious criminal offenses that involve the corrupt payment of money or other benefits to influence a public official. Both the person offering the bribe and the official accepting it can face prosecution.

What is Bribery?

Bribery refers to giving or receiving something of value in exchange for influencing an official’s actions. It requires a “quid pro quo” relationship where the recipient alters their behavior as a result of the gift.

Bribery laws aim to ensure government decisions are made fairly, not to improperly benefit private interests. However, many bribery laws are vague, leading to prosecutions of acts not clearly criminal.

Elements of Federal Bribery

The federal bribery statute makes it illegal to:

  • Give, offer, or promise anything of value to a public official to influence an official act or commit fraud
  • For a public official to demand, seek, receive or agree to receive bribes

Bribery requires proof of a specific intent to influence official actions through the bribe. Both explicit and implicit quid pro quo deals can lead to charges.

The government must show the defendant acted with corrupt intent, even if the bribe wasn’t successful. It’s not necessary to prove the official was actually influenced or even aware of the bribe.

Who Can Be Charged?

Federal bribery laws apply to a wide range of “public officials” including:

  • Federal employees
  • Local officials
  • Members of Congress
  • Law enforcement
  • Judges
  • Witnesses or jurors in federal cases
  • Federal contractors
  • Sports referees

Both the bribe giver and receiver can be charged. Bribery schemes have involved payments to influence business contracts, legislation, regulatory decisions, judicial outcomes, and more.

Penalties for Federal Bribery

A federal bribery conviction can lead to:

  • Up to 15 years in prison
  • Fines up to 3 times the bribe’s value
  • Disqualification from public office
  • Forfeiture of assets

Harsher charges like racketeering can be brought in corruption cases, with penalties up to 20 years imprisonment.

Defending Against Federal Bribery Charges

Possible defenses include:

  • Lack of corrupt intent to influence
  • No proof of a quid pro quo
  • Defendant is not a “public official”
  • Bribe did not affect interstate commerce

An experienced federal criminal defense attorney can analyze the evidence and build the strongest defense to fight the charges.

Federal Investigations and Charges

Bribery cases often begin through confidential informants or undercover operations gathering evidence of corrupt deals. Prosecutors may take years building a case before bringing charges.

Defendants face the full resources of the federal government, so skilled legal help is critical. An attorney can negotiate with prosecutors or file motions to suppress evidence improperly obtained.

Recent Public Corruption Cases

Our firm has successfully defended public officials against various corruption charges including:

  • Mayors charged with bribery and racketeering
  • State legislators accused of fraud and money laundering
  • Police officers facing embezzlement allegations

We understand how to navigate federal cases to protect defendants’ rights. Contact us for a free consultation.

Famous Federal Bribery Cases

Here are some notable federal bribery prosecutions over the years:

  • Operation Greylord – 1980s probe of judicial corruption in Chicago, convicting 15 judges and dozens of lawyers and police officers
  • Abscam Scandal – FBI sting operation in 1970s and 80s resulting in bribery convictions of one Senator and five House representatives
  • William Jefferson – Louisiana Congressman stored $90,000 in bribe money in his freezer and was convicted in 2009
  • Randy “Duke” Cunningham – California Congressman took $2.4 million in bribes and was sentenced to over 8 years in prison in 2005
  • Rod Blagojevich – Former Illinois governor convicted in 2011 of trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat

These cases show that federal authorities pursue public corruption at all levels of government, reinforcing that no one is above the law.

International Bribery Concerns

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) also prohibits bribing foreign officials for business purposes. This creates compliance challenges for international companies, as attitudes toward bribery vary across countries and cultures.

Major corporations have faced FCPA charges over activities in high-risk regions like China, Russia and Latin America. But increased global enforcement is leading more firms to avoid unethical practices abroad.


Federal bribery laws are broad, carrying harsh penalties. Skilled defense counsel is essential to protect defendants’ rights when facing accusations.

With so much at stake, never hesitate to exercise your constitutional rights if contacted by federal agents regarding a corruption investigation.

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