Malfeasance: Examples and Taking Action

Malfeasance is the term used in both civil and criminal law to describe any act that is wrongful. An act of malfeasance will always involve dishonesty and/or intent. The distinction is applicable to corporate officers, public officials, trustees and those who are bestowed with responsibility.

Famous examples of malfeasance:

  • Kim Davis* refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite being ordered to by the federal government. (2015)
  • Bernie Madoff** issuing investors returns out of their own money or that of other investors rather than profits, scamming investors out of $64.8 billion. (2008)
  • Enron CEOs encouraging shareholders and employees to continue to invest in the company despite knowing Enron’s demise was imminent. (2001)
  • President Richard Nixon paying for the destruction of evidence and the termination of disobliging employees in an effort to cover up the break-in at the Watergate Complex. (1972)

Malfeasance is a serious charge, punishable by fines and/or jail time. Those looking to obtain reparations due to malfeasance should seek legal help, as it can be difficult to prove and the case WILL go to trial if a settlement is not reached.

If you require legal support due to malfeasance, contact Port Parker port@rptlaw.com. Port’s vast experience and meticulous attention to detail has primed him to tackle any of your legal needs. For more on Port: http://radshap.com/attorneys/port/.

*Kim Davis is a county clerk for Rowan County, Kentucky, who received national attention after defying a U.S. federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

**Bernie Madoff is a former American stockbroker, investment advisor, financier and non-executive chairman of the NSADAQ stock exchange. Madoff is most famously known for operating the largest Ponzi scheme to date, and was sentenced to 150 years in prison and the forfeiture of $17.179 billion on June 29, 2009.

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