Color of Office

Color of Office

A description of an act by an officer done without authority under the pretext that he or she has an official right to do the act by reason of the officer's position.

An officer acts under color of office when he or she extracts a fee from another under the pretense that the office confers the authority on him or her to do so. Such conduct may constitute Extortion, a crime proscribed by statute in most states. The penalty imposed on a public officer for extortion may include Forfeiture of office in addition to a fine, imprisonment, or both.

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Contract Award for: Repair works along with color of Office Building and Boundary wall of Kishoreganj PWD Sub-Division-2.
com/news/2013/dec/06/metro-officer-indicted-sexual-harassment-charges/) Coleman was charged with two counts of oppression under color of office, two counts of open or gross lewdness, and one count of capturing an image of the private area of another person.