White Collar Prosecutions Hit All-Time Low in January 2019

March 13, 2019 – The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during January 2019 the government reported 337 new white collar crime prosecutions – an historic low. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this number is down 20.3 percent over the previous month, and continues a five-month downward slide.

Compared to five years ago, January filings were down 35.7 percent. White-collar prosecutions since President Trump assumed office generally have been lower than in previous administrations. The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with white collar crime-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation was the lead investigative agency for slightly over a quarter (28%) of white collar crime prosecutions filed in January. Other agencies that referred a substantial number of these white collar cases were the Internal Revenue Service (14%), the Department of Homeland Security (13%), the U.S. Postal Service (11%), and the Secret Service (8%).

Relative to its population size, the Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis) was the most active judicial district in the nation, followed by the Southern District of New York (Manhattan), and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

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