Convictions for March 2013

Referring Agency: Internal Revenue Service

Number Latest Month 129
Percent Change from previous month 19.4
Percent Change from 1 year ago -2.4
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 16.3
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 17.1
Table 1: Criminal Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during March 2013 the government reported 129 new convictions 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 19.4% over the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants convicted 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 convictions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of convictions was down (-2.4 percent). Convictions over the past year are still much higher than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that convictions of this type are up 16.3 percent from levels reported in 2008.

Plot of _FREQ_ by FYMONDT

Figure 1: Monthly trends in convictions

The increase from the levels five years ago in convictions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of convictions 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 convictions of these matters in March 2013 was for "Fraud-Tax", accounting for 49.6 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Drugs-Organized Crime Task Force" (12.4%), " Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (6.2%), "Money Laundering-Other" (4.7%), "Drugs-Drug Trafficking" (3.9%), "Terrorism-Related Financing" (3.9%), "Fraud-Identity Theft-Other" (3.1%), "Fraud-Mortgage" (3.1%), "Fraud-Other" (2.3%), " Theft-Government Property" (2.3%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of convictions

Convictions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In March 2013, no 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.

Convictions in U.S. District Courts

In March 2013, 129 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during March there were an additional 0 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 March.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

Table 2 shows the top lead charges recorded in the convictions of matters filed in U.S. District Court during March 2013referred by the Internal Revenue Service.

Lead Charge Count Rank  
26 USC 7206 - Fraud and False statements 17 1 More
18 USC 1956 - Laundering of monetary instruments 16 2 More
26 USC 7201 - Attempt to evade or defeat tax 15 3 More
18 USC 286 - Conspiracy to defraud the Government claims 13 4 More
21 USC 846 - Attempt and conspiracy 10 5 More
18 USC 287 - False, fictitious or fraudulent claims 7 6 More
18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US 5 7 More
26 USC 7203 - Willful failure to file return, supply information 5 7 More
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 4 9 More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 4 9 More
18 USC 1341 - Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles 4 9 More
31 USC 5324 - Structuring transactions to evade reporting requir 4 9 More
Table 2: Top charges for convictions

  • "Fraud and False statements" (Title 26 U.S.C Section 7206) was the most frequent recorded lead charge.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Laundering of monetary instruments" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1956.

  • Ranked 3rd was "Attempt to evade or defeat tax" under Title 26 U.S.C Section 7201.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In March 2013 the Justice Department said the government obtained 50.4 convictions for every ten million people in the United States.

Understandably, there is great variation in the number of convictions in each of the nation's ninety-four federal judicial districts.

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

Judicial District Count Rank  
Puer Rico 11 1 More
Cal, C 9 2 More
Fla, M 7 3 More
Mo, W 7 3 More
Nevada 7 3 More
N. J. 6 6 More
Texas, W 6 6 More
Texas, N 5 8 More
Fla, S 4 9 More
Ken, E 4 9 More
Oregon 4 9 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The District of Puerto Rico—with 11 convictions—was the most active during March 2013.

  • The Central District of California (Los Angeles) ranked 2nd.

  • Middle District of Florida (Tampa), Western District of Missouri (Kansas City) and District of Nevada 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 resulting in convictions of this type during March 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Cerezo, Carmen Consuelo Puer Rico 6 1 More
Laughrey, Nanette Kay Mo, W 5 2 More
Hunt, Roger L. Nevada 5 2 More
Smith, Walter Scott, Jr. Texas, W 5 2 More
Forester, Karl Spillman Ken, E 4 5 More
Fischer, Dale S. Cal, C 3 6 More
King, Garr M. Oregon 3 6 More
Thompson, Myron Herbert Ala, M 2 8 More
Sedwick, John W. Alaska 2 8 More
King, George H. Cal, C 2 8 More
Steele, John E. Fla, M 2 8 More
Honeywell, Charlene Vanessa Edwards Fla, M 2 8 More
Hinkle, Robert Lewis Fla, N 2 8 More
Royal, C. Ashley Ga, M 2 8 More
Fallon, Eldon E. La, E 2 8 More
Fox, James Carroll N Car, E 2 8 More
Martini, William J. N. J. 2 8 More
Hillman, Noel Lawrence N. J. 2 8 More
Spatt, Arthur Donald N. Y., E 2 8 More
Eagan, Claire V. Okla, N 2 8 More
Fuste, Jose Antonio Puer Rico 2 8 More
Garcia-Gregory, Jay A. Puer Rico 2 8 More
Conrad, Glen Edward Virg, W 2 8 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

A total of 14 out of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of convictions , while the remaining 9 judges were from other districts. (Because of ties, there were a total of 23 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judge Carmen Consuelo Cerezo in the District of Puerto Rico ranked 1st with 6 convicted in convictions.

  • Judges Nanette Kay Laughrey in the Western District of Missouri (Kansas City), Roger L. Hunt in the District of Nevada and Walter Scott Smith, Jr. in the Western District of Texas (San Antonio) ranked 2nd with 5 convicted in convictions.

Report Generated: May 9, 2013
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