609.86 COMMERCIAL BRIBERY.
Subdivision 1. Definition.
"Corruptly" means that the actor intends the action to injure
(1) the actor's employer or principal; or
(2) the employer or principal of the person to whom the actor offers, gives or agrees to give
the bribe or from whom the actor requests, receives or agrees to receive the bribe.
Subd. 2. Acts constituting.
Whoever does any of the following, when not consistent with
usually accepted business practices, is guilty of commercial bribery and may be sentenced as
provided in subdivision 3:
(1) corruptly offers, gives, or agrees to give, directly or indirectly, any benefit, consideration,
compensation, or reward to any employee, agent or fiduciary of a person with the intent to
influence the person's performance of duties as an employee, agent, or fiduciary in relation to the
person's employer's or principal's business; or
(2) being an employee, agent or fiduciary of a person, corruptly requests, receives or agrees
to receive, directly or indirectly, from another person any benefit, consideration, compensation, or
reward with the understanding or agreement to be influenced in the performance of duties as an
employee, agent, or fiduciary in relation to the employer's or principal's business.
Subd. 3. Sentence.
Whoever commits commercial bribery may be sentenced as follows:
(1) to imprisonment for not more than five years or to payment of a fine of not more than
$10,000, or both, if the value of the benefit, consideration, compensation or reward is greater
(2) in all other cases where the value of the benefit, consideration, compensation or
reward is $500 or less, to imprisonment for not more than 90 days or to payment of a fine
of not more than $1,000; provided, however, in any prosecution of the value of the benefit,
consideration, compensation or reward received by the defendant within any six-month period
may be aggregated and the defendant charged accordingly in applying the provisions of this
subdivision; provided that when two or more offenses are committed by the same person in two or
more counties, the accused may be prosecuted in any county in which one of the offenses was
committed, or all of the offenses aggregated under this clause.
History: 1982 c 442 s 1; 1984 c 628 art 3 s 11; 1986 c 444; 1989 c 290 art 6 s 22; 2004 c
228 art 1 s 72