April 10, 2016

Federal prosecution of white collar crimes continues to drop

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse- The federal prosecution of individuals convicted of white collar crimes continues to decline, according to an analysis of thousands of case-by case records by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the 520 such convictions in February 2016 represents a drop of 7.3 percent from the same period in the previous year, and is 16.7 percent lower than it was five years ago.

Based on population, the Middle District of Louisiana (Baton Rouge) led the nation in white collar crime convictions, with 1,018 per million population, over five times the national average of 192 such convictions per million. In second place was the Western District of Oklahoma (Oklahoma City) with 863 per million, followed by the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) with 655 per million.

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