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New research examines financial crime and political extremism


New research examines financial crime and political extremism

January 30, 2012

In this newly published research brief, researchers in the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) examine Financial Crime and Political Extremism in the U.S.

A descriptive analysis of Extremist Crime Database (ECDB) data reveals that both far-right and al-Qaida-inspired extremists in the United States engaged in different types of financial schemes, followed distinct modi operandi and were prosecuted for a variety of both financial and non-financial crimes. Despite these differences, a common trend was identified -- the involvement of non-extremist accomplices who provided useful resources for the crime commission process.

Project Lead: Roberta Belli, Joshua D. Freilich and Steven Chermak

Other Project Researchers: William Parkin and Jeff Gruenewald

Please see this PDF for the full report.