Well it goes back to the government, so that is evil enough as far as I'm concerned. I know you were looking for specifics, sorry I don't have any. The fines are quite good for them for various reasons like you said, they can work with CEOs, they can use them as excuses to move towards nationalization, and they can use them to bludgeon business who don't want to play their game, or if they simply don't want to the competition.
In my city there is one music venue that has been around for quite some time, any time some competition pops up within a couple years it is inevitably shut down for tax fraud or selling alcohol for minors. Everyone who works in the local music scene knows this, and obviously the city government has to be involved.
The thing is the music venue that has been around is well known for getting minors drunk, when I was in high school it was THE 16 year old hang out. That's just corruption of one relatively small city, corruption is EVERYWHERE. I think the money itself is the vessel of corruption, too much money and the corruption becomes inevitable.