America's most corrupt states

Posted: 1:44 PM EDT Oct 01, 2013   Updated: 11:29 AM EDT Jun 11, 2014

These states are hotbeds for public corruption, according to a new study.

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A new study from researchers at the University of Hong Kong and the Indiana University estimates that corruption is costing Americans in the 10 most corrupt states an average of $1,308 per year, or 5.2 percent of those states’ average expenditures per year. Researchers studied more than 25,000 convictions of public officials for violation of federal corruption laws between 1976 and 2008 as well as patterns in state spending. Take a look at the 10 worst states for corruption:

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