He tended to avoid bad publicity and a mass of corruption trials might not have suited him.
...which is one reason I've always been so interested in these alleged "agencies" Napoleon set up to combat corruption. First, it's a pretty high-profile step to say, "We have a corruption problem, therefore I'm creating two agencies to combat it." (After all, if there's no corruption, then why create two agencies to combat it?)
But more fundamentally: I've never seen any sort of evidence or documentation for any of it; just references to English-language secondary sources that mention it in passing. For example:
* Who headed these agencies? How were they staffed? How did they operate?
* Specifically whom did they arrest? (Did they even have the power to arrest?) How many people were arrested?
* If they arrested Person X, then why did he get arrested, when Persons A, B, C, and D were doing stuff that was equally bad and making no effort to conceal it?
* What happened to Person X? Where is the evidentiary trail? Where are the proceedings? Who judged and sentenced them?
* If punishments were monetary, then who ensured that those fees were paid? And to whom? Was there a "Fonds spécial pour rembourser le détournement" set up somewhere, and Bourriene and the others had to deposit their ill-gotten gains there?
I've seen these "agencies" mentioned in online arguments for more than 15 years, but I've never seen any sort of hard documentation for anything about who they were, how they operated, and most importantly: how and why they did what they allegedly did?
I'd be most grateful to anybody who could point me to any monograph or other source on this subject.