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White Collar Prosecutions Fall to Lowest in 20 Years

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Current prosecution levels represent the lowest number of white collar prosecutions in more than 20 years. Government case-by-case records, updated through April 2018, indicate a total of 3,249 new white collar crime prosecutions were brought during the first seven months of FY 2018. If this level of activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of prosecutions will be 5,570 for this fiscal year – a decline from last year. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 31.3 percent from the level of 8,108 reported in 2008 and down 40.8 percent from the level of 9,412 reported in 1998. So far during FY 2018, relative to its population size, the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) was the most active federal district. It was followed by the Southern District of Florida (Miami) and the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis). The federal district showing the greatest growth in the rate of white collar prosecutions compared to last year was the Southern District of Mississippi (Jackson).”

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