Compounding a felony is the crime of taking compensation by the aggrieved person in a felony in return for an agreement with the felon not to prosecute or to suppress evidence against them.
The following is an example of a state statute dealing with compounding a felony:
1. A person commits the offense of compounding a felony if he knowingly accepts or agrees to accept any pecuniary benefit in consideration for:
(a) refraining from seeking prosecution of a felony; or
(b) refraining from reporting to law enforcement authorities the commission or suspected commission of any felony or information relating to a felony.
2. A person convicted of compounding a felony shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not to exceed 6 months, or both. "