It is a tale of two Florida’s when it comes to federal prosecution of white collar crime.
A national report shows that over the last five years the Southern District of Florida had the largest increase in federal prosecutions while the Northern District of Florida had the largest decrease during the same period.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida serves 23 counties in northern Florida, including the state capital, Tallahassee. The District runs from Pensacola in the west to Gainesville in the east.
The Northern District is one of three districts in Florida, with the Middle District covering from Jacksonville to Ft. Myers, and the Southern District covering Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami.
The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during June 2018 the government reported 503 new white collar crime prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 4.4 percent over the previous month.
The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with white collar crime-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.
When monthly 2018 prosecutions are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-2.6%). 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 31.6 percent from levels reported in 2013.
In June 2018 the Justice Department said the government brought 175.3 white collar crime prosecutions for every ten million people in the United States.
Understandably, there is great variation in the per capita number of white collar crime prosecutions that are filed in each of the nation’s ninety-four federal judicial districts.
The Southern District of Florida (Miami) — with 983 prosecutions as compared with 175.3 prosecutions per ten million population in the United States — was the most active during June 2018. Also, the Southern District of Florida (Miami) was ranked 1 a year ago.
The federal judicial district which showed the largest growth — 25.1 percent — in the rate of white collar crime prosecutions compared to five years ago was the Southern District of Florida (Miami).
However, the judicial District Court recording the largest drop— 64.3 percent— in the rate of white collar crime prosecutions over the past five years was the Northern District of Florida (Pensacola) showed the largest drop — 64.3 percent.