Official Corruption Prosecutions Fall to 20 Year Low
(23 Mar 2016) Recent data from the Justice Department show that 505 individuals were prosecuted for criminal corruption offenses during FY 2015, a decline of 3.6 percent from FY 2014 and down more than 30 percent from five years ago. For the first four months of FY 2016, there have been just 140 new official corruption prosecutions. This is the lowest level reported for such prosecutions in the last 20 years.

The lead charge most commonly cited by the U.S. Attorneys in FY 2015 was 18 USC 371, involving conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the U.S., with 76 prosecutions. Next was 18 USC 666 (theft or bribery in programs receiving federal funds), accounting for 60 prosecutions, and 18 USC 201 (bribery of public officials and witnesses) with 57.

In relation to population, Montana led all districts in FY 2015 with a total of 11 official corruption prosecutions per one million people. In second place was Washington D.C. with 9 prosecutions per million, followed by the Eastern District of North Carolina and Alaska, both with 6.

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