Official Corruption Prosecutions for June 2013

Number Latest Month 40
Percent Change from previous month 0.0
Percent Change from 1 year ago -9.6
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) -16.6
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) -20.7
Table 1: Criminal Official Corruption Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during June 2013 the government reported 40 new official corruption prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is the same as in the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with official corruption-related offenses are based on case-by-case information obtained by TRAC under the Freedom of Information Act from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. (See Table 1)

When monthly 2013 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-9.6 percent). Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 16.6 percent from levels reported in 2008.

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Figure 1: Monthly trends in official corruption prosecutions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in official corruption prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of official corruption prosecutions of this type recorded on a month-to-month basis. Where a prosecution was initially filed in U.S. Magistrate Court and then transferred to the U.S. District Court, the magistrate filing date was used since this provides an earlier indicator of actual trends. The superimposed line on the bars plots the six-month moving average so that natural fluctuations are smoothed out. The one and five-year rates of change in Table 1 and in the sections that follow are all based upon this six-month moving average. To view trends year-by-year rather than month-by-month, see TRAC's annual report series for a broader picture.

Within the broad category of official corruption, cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.

Case types within official corruption are

  • Federal Corruption - Procurement

  • Federal Corruption - Program

  • Federal Corruption - Law Enforcement

  • Federal Corruption - Other

  • State Corruption

  • Local Corruption

  • Other Public Corruption

The largest number of prosecutions of these matters in June 2013 was for "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Other", accounting for 40 percent of prosecutions. Prosecutions were also filed for "Corruption(Govt Off)-Local" (20%), " Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Procurement" (12.5%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Program" (12.5%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Other" (7.5%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-State" (7.5%). See Figure 2.

The lead investigative agency for official corruption prosecutions in June 2013 was FBI accounting for 43 percent of prosecutions referred. Other agencies with substantial numbers of official corruption referrals were: Postal (23% ), Defense (10%), Labor (5%). See Figure 3.

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Figure 2: Specific types of prosecutions
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Figure 3: Prosecutions by investigative agency

Official Corruption Prosecutions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In June 2013, 7 defendants in official corruption cases for these matters were filed in U.S. Magistrate Courts. These courts handle less serious misdemeanor cases, including what are called "petty offenses." In addition, complaints are sometimes filed in the magistrate courts before an indictment or information is entered. In these cases, the matter starts in the magistrate courts and later moves to the district court where subsequent proceedings take place.

In the magistrate courts in June the most frequently cited lead charge was Title 18 U.S.C Section 201 involving the "Bribery of public officials and witnesses". This was the lead charge for 57.1 percent of all magistrate filings in June.

Official Corruption Prosecutions in U.S. District Courts

In June 2013, 33 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during June there were an additional 3 defendants whose cases moved from the magistrate courts to the U.S. district courts after an indictment or information was filed. The sections which follow cover both sets of cases and therefore cover all matters filed in district court during June.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

Table 2 shows the top lead charges recorded in the prosecutions of official corruption matters filed in U.S. District Court during June 2013.

Lead Charge Count Rank  
18 USC 666 - Theft or bribery in programs receiving Fed funds 6 1 More
18 USC 201 - Bribery of public officials and witnesses 5 2 More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 3 3 More
18 USC 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television 3 3 More
18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US 2 5 More
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 2 5 More
18 USC 1346 - Scheme or artifice to defraud 2 5 More
18 USC 1709 - Theft of mail matter by officer or employee 2 5 More
18 USC 1711 - Misappropriation of postal funds 2 5 More
18 USC 1951 - Hobbs Act 2 5 More
18 USC 1956 - Laundering of monetary instruments 2 5 More
Table 2: Top charges filed

  • "Theft or bribery in programs receiving Fed funds" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 666) was the most frequent recorded lead charge.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Bribery of public officials and witnesses" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 201.

  • Ranked 3rd were "Fraud/false statements or entries generally" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1001 and "Fraud by wire, radio, or television" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1343.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In June 2013 the Justice Department said the government brought 14.1 official corruption prosecutions for every ten million people in the United States.

Understandably, there is great variation in the number of official corruption prosecutions that are filed in each of the nation's ninety-four federal judicial districts.

The districts registering the largest number of prosecutions of this type last month are shown in Table 3.

Judicial District Count Rank  
Ga, N 4 1 More
Mass 4 1 More
Puer Rico 4 1 More
Ill, C 3 4 More
Colorado 2 5 More
N. Y., E 2 5 More
Penn, W 2 5 More
Ala, N 1 8 More
Ark, E 1 8 More
Cal, C 1 8 More
D. C. 1 8 More
Fla, M 1 8 More
Ken, E 1 8 More
Maryland 1 8 More
Miss, N 1 8 More
Mo, W 1 8 More
Montana 1 8 More
N Car, E 1 8 More
N. Y., S 1 8 More
Penn, E 1 8 More
Texas, S 1 8 More
Virg, E 1 8 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta), District of Massachusetts and District of Puerto Rico—with 4 prosecutions—were the most active during June 2013.

Top Ranked District Judges

At any one time, there are about 680 federal District Court judges working in the United States. The judges recorded with the largest number of new official corruption crime cases of this type during June 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Dominguez, Daniel R. Puer Rico 4 1 More
Myerscough, Sue Ellen Ill, C 3 2 More
Brimmer, Philip A. Colorado 2 3 More
King, Janet F. Ga, N 2 3 More
Tauro, Joseph Louis Mass 2 3 More
Johnson, Inge Prytz Ala, N 1 6 More
Holmes, J[ames] Leon Ark, E 1 6 More
Snyder, Christina A. Cal, C 1 6 More
Wilkins, Robert Leon D. C. 1 6 More
Presnell, Gregory A. Fla, M 1 6 More
Scofield, Edgar C., III Ga, N 1 6 More
Thapar, Amul Roger Ken, E 1 6 More
Garbis, Marvin J. Maryland 1 6 More
O'Toole, George A., Jr. Mass 1 6 More
Zobel, Rya Weickert Mass 1 6 More
Larsen, Robert E. Mo, W 1 6 More
Christensen, Dana Lewis Montana 1 6 More
Hurley, Denis Reagan N. Y., E 1 6 More
Feuerstein, Sandra J. N. Y., E 1 6 More
Pauley, William H., III N. Y., S 1 6 More
Davis, Legrome D. Penn, E 1 6 More
Cercone, David S. Penn, W 1 6 More
Fischer, Nora Barry Penn, W 1 6 More
Hittner, David Texas, S 1 6 More
Lee, Gerald Bruce Virg, E 1 6 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

All 25 of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of official corruption filings . (Because of ties, there were a total of 25 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judge Daniel R. Dominguez in the District of Puerto Rico ranked 1st with 4 defendants in official corruption cases.

  • Judge Sue Ellen Myerscough in the Central District of Illinois (Springfield) ranked 2nd with 3 defendants in official corruption cases.

  • Judges Philip A. Brimmer in the District of Colorado, Janet F. King in the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta) and Joseph Louis Tauro in the District of Massachusetts ranked 3rd with 2 defendants in official corruption cases.

Report Generated: August 20, 2013
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