DOJ Data Shows White Collar Crime Prosecutions at 20-Year Low

A report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse shows that federal prosecution of white collar crime is at its lowest level in the last 20 years, down more than 36% from 1995. For 2015, white collar crime prosecutions are estimated to be 12.3% lower than one year ago and 29.1% lower than five years ago.

The TRAC report uses data from case records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). The cases involve charges for wire fraud, securities fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit fraud, hacking, identity theft and health care fraud.

Twenty years ago, mail fraud was the most frequently prosecuted white collar crime. Today, fraud by wire, radio or television tops the list of prosecuted charges:

Health care fraud prosecutions are up 5.5% in the past year and more than 22% in the past five years.

Governmental agencies leading white collar prosecutions include the FBI (27.8%), the Internal Revenue Service (15.8%), the Secret Service (13.1%), the Postal Service (8.3%), and the Social Security Administration (5.3%).

The Top 10 districts for the prosecution of white collar crime in the U.S. includes:

  1. Southern District of New York (Manhattan)
  2. Southern District of Alabama (Mobile)
  3. Southern District of Florida (Miami)
  4. Eastern District of Louisiana (New Orleans)
  5. Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis)
  6. Northern District of West Virginia (Wheeling)
  7. Eastern District of Washington (Spokane)
  8. Alaska
  9. Western District of Tennessee (Memphis)
  10. Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge)

The report notes that the overall decline in white collar criminal prosecutions in the U.S. began during the Clinton Administration, a trend that has continued — except for an increase during the first term of the Obama Administration in 2010 and 2011 — until today.

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