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Department of Government Ethics

FAQ

What is the standard to distinguish making profits and being convenient for people?

The standard to distinguish making profits and being convenient for people is that if the public official has handled the affairs pursuant to the law. The requirements of the crime of making profits include: 1. making profits purposely; 2. making profits for self or others; 3. the act of making profits; 4. Making illegal profits. So, the Crime of making profits means that the public official violates the law or regulations purposely to make illegal profits for himself or others. Any act for the convenience of the people that has been done under the authority or in the scope of the law or regulations will not be regarded as the act of making profits.