caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

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caught with (one's) hand in the cookie jar

To have been caught in the act or attempt of some wrongdoing, especially one involving bribery or the illicit exploitation of one's position of power or authority. The senator was long accused of insider trading, and he was finally caught with his hand in the cookie jar when his conversation with a Wall Street executive was leaked to the media.
See also: caught, cookie, hand, jar
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Former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may not have been caught with her hand in the cookie jar, but she certainly left a trail of crumbs behind her, leading the police to arrest her Thursday on charges of embezzling $8.