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What is Malfeasance?

The definition of malfeasance is basically a crime committed by a high status individual, typically a government employee. However, malfeasance can be used in lieu of the word crime when an officer of a corporation has committed an unlawful act, not just public officials.


The legal term malfeasance is often used when an individual in an authority role uses their authority for illegal personal gain.

Examples of Malfeasance

A politician taking bribes to intact policies that benefit the individuals offering the bribe.

A corporate officer knowingly producing a dangerous product by circumventing legal regulations.

About the Author

definition of malfeasance

Peter Sandru is an Instructor & Co-Founder of NDIL with over 15 years as a Professional Private Investigator. Peter has spent more than a decade conducting investigations throughout the world, primarily for corporations, legal firms, and government agencies. Peter has assisted in the creation of numerous investigative & security training programs in various capacities.

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