Growing numbers of public corruption cases and a surge in mortgage fraud investigations, has FBI director Robert Mueller wondering whether Americans are “becoming more crooked,”
the Associated Press reports. Speaking yesterday to the American Bar Association, Mueller asked for help in “creating a culture of integrity” by reporting evidence of wrongdoing by politicians and corporate executives alike. Mueller asked whether “we as a society become more corrupt? Or have we in the FBI simply become more adept at rooting out fraud and corruption?”
The FBI has 2,500 cases of public corruption under investigation, an increase of 50 percent from five years ago. Mueller called public corruption the FBI’s top criminal priority. At the same time, corporate fraud cases have increased by more than 80 percent. The FBI is investigating an estimated 1,300 mortgage fraud cases — including 19 into subprime lending practices by financial institutions.