A corrupt official is a politician, judge, lawyer, police officer, government agent, union official, school staff member, or church official who abuses their own powers frequently. They can also be false prophets or even prominent school students who bully weaker ones. Corrupt officials are a very bad thing as they often make the general public question whether or not another official is legitimate. Corrupt officials have existed since the times of the Bible. Not only with false prophets but with many cruel pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and emperors of Ancient Rome. Corrupt rabbis also existed and were prominent during the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Islam also has many corrupt religious figures. Corrupt officials are also a key element in making a police state, much like gun control.