Convictions for March 2013
Referring Agency: Internal Revenue Service
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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