My colleague Frayda Bluestein recently wrote a post with the above title on the School of Government’s local government blog. Her post begins as follows:
In North Carolina, it is a crime for certain public officials and employees to contract with the units of government they work for or represent. G.S. 14-234 makes it a misdemeanor for a government official or employee who is involved in making or administering a contract to derive a direct benefit from that contract.
Questions about this prohibition on self-dealing come up from time to time in corruption and public integrity investigations. Frayda’s post explains several important points about the statute, and is available in full here.