Beats working.

Crime pays—around $900 a week

… Holly Nguyen, a criminologist from University of Pennsylvania is “cautiously optimistic” that she and her collaborator, Thomas Loughran of the University of Maryland, have designed a study to produce a fairly accurate estimation of a low-level criminal’s average weekly income. In a paper published last week in the journal Criminology, the researchers compared the findings of two previous surveys that collected self-reported illegal earnings. After developing a system to account for inflated outliers, Nguyen and Loughran found that low-level criminals, that commit nonviolent crimes like selling drugs, robbery, burglary, and check forging, pull in $900 a week on average. …