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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.

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Belli, Roberta, Joshua D. Freilich, and Steven Chermak. 2012. "Financial Crime and Political Extremism in the U.S." College Park, MD: START (January).