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December 13, 2007

Well over half of corporate criminals sentenced to two years or less
By David Voreacos and Bob Van Voris

The stiff prison sentences imposed on a few high profile executives at WorldCom Inc., Enron and a handful of other business organizations led many Americans to think that the Bush Administration's Justice Department was hard on this kind of white collar crime. But David Voreacus and Bob Van Voris used TRAC data to identify the thousand-plus such convictions in the past five years and examined the results in each case. Their work suggested that appearances sometimes can be deceiving: 28% received no prison time, 61% got less than two years and only 6% were sentenced to 10 years or more.

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