Slump in FBI White Collar Crime Prosecutions
(24 Sep 2013) Prosecutions of white collar criminals recommended by the FBI are substantially down during the first ten months of Fiscal Year 2013, according to the latest available data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from the Department of Justice. An analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) estimates that the FY 2013 total will be nearly 7 percent lower than it was in FY 2012 and only about half what it was ten years ago -- down 45 percent.

While the FBI has long been considered the federal government's premier agency when it comes to white collar crime, and the number of its agents has increased (from 11,097 in 2001 to 13,812 in 2012), the 9/11 attacks of 2001 prompted the agency to focus more and more of its investigative powers on trying to deal with international and domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

For more details, including a twenty-year timeline of such prosecutions, see the report at:
In addition to this report on FBI white collar crime prosecutions, TRAC continues to offer free reports on program categories such as immigration, drugs, weapons and terrorism. TRAC's reports also monitor the enforcement activities of other selected government agencies such as ATF, DHS and the IRS. For the latest information on prosecutions and convictions through July 2013, go to:
Even more detailed criminal enforcement information for the period from FY 1986 through July 2013 is available to TRACFed subscribers via the Express and Going Deeper tools. Go to for more information. Customized reports for a specific agency, district, program, lead charge or judge are available via the TRAC Data Interpreter, either as part of a TRACFed subscription or on a per-report basis. Go to to start.

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