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April 8, 2014

An SEC Attorney Says the Agency Is Too 'Tentative' and the Data Agrees
By Philip Bump


In 2011, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University announced that the federal government was on pace for its lowest level of annual financial institution fraud prosecutions in over 10 years. It created the chart at right, showing how the number of prosecutions had dropped annually. "The fact that prosecutions go up or down is almost never an indication of whether that particular crime is going up or down," TRAC co-director David Burnham told the Huffington Post at the time. TRAC's most recent data (paywalled) incorporates monthly prosecutions from 2004 to January of 2014, and the trend is clear: prosecutions continue to decline.


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