Prosecutions for June 2013

Referring Agency: Internal Revenue Service

Number Latest Month 173
Percent Change from previous month 18.5
Percent Change from 1 year ago 26.6
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 45.5
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 40.8
Table 1: Criminal Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during June 2013 the government reported 173 new prosecutions for these matters. Those cases were referred by the Internal Revenue Service. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 18.5% over the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged 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 up (26.6 percent). Prosecutions over the past year are still much higher than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are up 45.5 percent from levels reported in 2008.

Plot of _FREQ_ by FYMONDT

Figure 1: Monthly trends in prosecutions

The increase from the levels five years ago in prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of 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.

Cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.

The largest number of prosecutions of these matters in June 2013 was for "Fraud-Tax", accounting for 39.3 percent of prosecutions. Prosecutions were also filed for "Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (29.5%), " Drugs-Drug Trafficking" (6.4%), "Money Laundering-Other" (5.8%), "Immigration" (4%), "Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force" (2.9%), "Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated" (2.9%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of prosecutions

Prosecutions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In June 2013, 11 defendants in 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 21 U.S.C Section 846 involving the "Attempt and conspiracy". This was the lead charge for 27.3 percent of all magistrate filings in June.

Prosecutions in U.S. District Courts

In June 2013, 162 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during June there were an additional 13 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 matters filed in U.S. District Court during June 2013referred by the Internal Revenue Service.

Lead Charge Count Rank 1yr ago 5yrs ago  
26 USC 7206 - Fraud and False statements 26 1 1 1 More
26 USC 7201 - Attempt to evade or defeat tax 13 2 2 2 More
18 USC 1956 - Laundering of monetary instruments 12 3 6 5 More
18 USC 1341 - Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles 11 4 8 7 More
18 USC 287 - False, fictitious or fraudulent claims 10 5 3 6 More
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 9 6 15 20 More
18 USC 2118 - Robberies/burglaries w/controlled substances 8 7 - - More
08 USC 1327 - Aiding or assisting subversive alien to enter 7 8 - - More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 6 9 21 20 More
18 USC 286 - Conspiracy to defraud the Government claims 4 10 4 8 More
Table 2: Top charges filed

  • "Fraud and False statements" (Title 26 U.S.C Section 7206) was the most frequent recorded lead charge. "Fraud and False statements" (Title 26 U.S.C Section 7206) was ranked 1 a year ago, while it was ranked 1 five years ago.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Attempt to evade or defeat tax" under Title 26 U.S.C Section 7201. "Attempt to evade or defeat tax" under Title 26 U.S.C Section 7201 was ranked 2 a year ago, while it was ranked 2 five years ago.

  • Ranked 3rd was "Laundering of monetary instruments" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1956. "Laundering of monetary instruments" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1956 was ranked 6 a year ago, while it was ranked 5 five years ago.

Among these top ten lead charges, the one showing the greatest increase in prosecutions—up 1300 percent—compared to one year ago was Title 18 U.S.C Section 1028 that involves " Fraud and related activity - id documents ". This was the same statute that had the largest increase—2000 %—when compared with five years ago.

Again among the top ten lead charges, the one showing the sharpest decline in prosecutions compared to one year ago—down 8.1 percent—was Attempt to evade or defeat tax (Title 26 U.S.C Section 7201 ). This was the same statute that had the largest decrease— 16.5 %—when compared with five years ago.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In June 2013 the Justice Department said the government brought 68.4 prosecutions for every ten million people in the United States.

Understandably, there is great variation in the number of 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  
N. Y., E 11 1 More
Minnesota 10 2 More
N. Y., S 9 3 More
Ohio, S 9 3 More
Tenn, M 8 5 More
Texas, N 8 5 More
Fla, S 7 7 More
Fla, M 6 8 More
Penn, E 6 8 More
Ala, S 5 10 More
Cal, E 5 10 More
N. Y., N 5 10 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn)—with 11 prosecutions—was the most active during June 2013.

  • The District of Minnesota ranked 2nd.

  • Southern District of New York (Manhattan) and Southern District of Ohio (Cincinnati) are now ranking 3rd.

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 crime cases of this type during June 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Nelson, Susan Richard Minnesota 8 1 More
Feuerstein, Sandra J. N. Y., E 8 1 More
Cote, Denise L. N. Y., S 8 1 More
Sharp, Kevin Hunter Tenn, M 7 4 More
DuBose, Kristi K. Ala, S 5 5 More
Kennelly, Matthew F. Ill, N 3 6 More
Wimes, Brian Curtis Mo, W 3 6 More
Economus, Peter C. Ohio, S 3 6 More
Fitzwater, Sidney Allen Texas, N 3 6 More
Sessions, William K., III Vermont 3 6 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

A total of 7 out of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of filings , while the remaining 3 judges were from other districts.

  • Judges Susan Richard Nelson in the District of Minnesota, Sandra J. Feuerstein in the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) and Denise L. Cote in the Southern District of New York (Manhattan) ranked 1st with 8 defendants in cases.

Report Generated: August 20, 2013
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