10 Of Most Corrupt Politicians In The World

Corruption is characterized as the abuse of public resources, power and position to provide unfair advantage to individuals, families and friends. Common public resources that often pocketed by politicians are money, goods, medical aid funds and budget allocations.

Corruption is a complex problem that affects social, economic and political aspects in almost all countries. Corruption can undermine democratic institutions, slow down development projects and may even cause destabilization in the government. It is high time that people be more conscious of the corruption in our midst today. Knowledge and public awareness of corruption can help minimize the problem.

Spiro Agnew

Spiro Agnew was Vice President during the term of President Richard Nixon. He was in the position from January 1969 until his resignation in 1973. He resigned when a federal jury investigating his widespread graft had begun.

Initially, Agnew had denied the graft charges but he later entered into a plea agreement with the Department of Justice that he will not contest in a single charge that he cheated the government. The judge fined him for $10,000 and sentenced him to 3 years of probation. In 1983, he was forced to pay the state of Maryland the amount of bribes that he had accepted which amounted to $268,482.