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The American Prospect
March 20, 2019

A Bad Week for Paul Manafort and School Scammers -- But a Great Year for White-Collar Crime
By Manuel Madrid

A new case-by-case analysis of Justice Department data shows that white-collar crime prosecutions have dropped to an all-time low this year. The government reported only 337 new prosecutions in January, a 20 percent drop from December, according to a report by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The recent drop continues a particularly precipitous five-month slide under the Trump administration. While it’s not unusual for prosecution totals to fluctuate some, the January figures are abnormally low—about 5 percent lower than reported prosecutions in January 2017 and nearly 36 percent lower than in 2014 (monthly tracking of such crimes began in 1998).

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