Official Corruption Prosecutions for August 2023

Number Latest Month 15
Number Previous Month 8
Percent Change from 1 year ago -28.3
Percent Change from 5 years ago -30.2
Table 1. Criminal Official Corruption Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during August 2023 the government reported 15 new official corruption prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up from 8 the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with official corruption-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 (see Table 2).

When monthly 2023 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-28.3%). Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 30.2 percent from levels reported in 2018.

Figure 1. Monthly Trends in Official Corruption Prosecutions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in official corruption prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 2. The vertical bars in Figure 2 represent the number of official corruption prosecutions of this type recorded on a month-to-month basis. Where a prosecution was initially filed in U.S. Magistrate Court and then transferred to the U.S. District Court, the magistrate filing date was used since this provides an earlier indicator of actual trends. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out. To view trends year-by-year rather than month-by-month, see TRAC's annual report series for a broader picture.

Number of Defendants in Official Corruption Cases

Table 2 lists all separate cases with the number of defendants.

Case Defendant #  
2023 - Penn, E (Philadelphia) Case: 1 1 Details
2023 - Penn, E (Philadelphia) Case: 1 2 Details
2023 - Penn, E (Philadelphia) Case: 1 3 Details
2023 - La, E (New Orleans) Case: 2 1 Details
2023 - La, E (New Orleans) Case: 2 2 Details
2023 - Ala, N (Birmingham) Case: 3 1 Details
2023 - Arizona (Phoenix) Case: 4 1 Details
2023 - Cal, C (Los Angeles) Case: 5 1 Details
2023 - Cal, N (San Francisco) Case: 6 1 Details
2023 - Cal, S (San Diego) Case: 7 1 Details
2023 - Ken, E (Lexington) Case: 8 1 Details
2023 - Mass (Boston) Case: 9 1 Details
2023 - Mich, W (Grand Rapids) Case: 10 1 Details
2023 - N. Y., S (Manhattan) Case: 11 1 Details
2023 - Texas, N (Fort Worth) Case: 12 1 Details
Table 2. Number of Defendants per Case

Report Generated: October 6, 2023
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