Convictions for April 2013

Referring Agency: Social Security Administration

Number Latest Month 46
Percent Change from previous month 12.2
Percent Change from 1 year ago -10.1
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 9.1
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 7.9
Table 1: Criminal Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during April 2013 the government reported 46 new convictions for these matters. Those cases were referred by the Social Security Administration. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 12.2% 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 (-10.1 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 9.1 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 April 2013 was for "Fraud-Federal Program", accounting for 65.2 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Theft-Government Property" (10.9%), "Fraud-Other" (8.7%), " Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated" (4.3%), "Fraud-Federal Procurement" (2.2%), "Fraud-Financial Institution" (2.2%), "Fraud-Identity Theft-Other" (2.2%), "Other Criminal Prosecutions" (2.2%), "Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (2.2%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of convictions

Convictions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In April 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 April 2013, 46 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during April 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 April.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

Table 2 shows the top lead charges recorded in the convictions of matters filed in U.S. District Court during April 2013referred by the Social Security Administration.

Lead Charge Count Rank 1yr ago 5yrs ago  
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 21 1 1 1 More
42 USC 408 - Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties 12 2 2 2 More
42 USC 1383 - Social Security -Procedure for payment of benefits 4 3 5 9 More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 3 4 3 3 More
18 USC 1341 - Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles 2 5 7 8 More
42 USC 1383a - Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution 2 5 4 7 More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 1 7 6 4 More
Table 2: Top charges for convictions

  • "Public money, property or records" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 641) was the most frequent recorded lead charge. "Public money, property or records" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 641) was ranked 1 a year ago, while it was ranked 1 five years ago.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 408. "Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 408 was ranked 2 a year ago, while it was ranked 2 five years ago.

  • Ranked 3rd was "Social Security -Procedure for payment of benefits" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383. "Social Security -Procedure for payment of benefits" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383 was ranked 5 a year ago, while it was ranked 9 five years ago.

Among these top ten lead charges, the one showing the greatest increase in convictions—up 9.1 percent—compared to one year ago was Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383 that involves " Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution ". Compared to five years ago, the largest increase—78.8 percent—was registered for convictions under " Public money, property or records " (Title 18 U.S.C Section 641 ).

Again among the top ten lead charges, the one showing the sharpest decline in convictions compared to one year ago—down 42.9 percent—was Fraud/false statements or entries generally (Title 18 U.S.C Section 1001 ). This was the same statute that had the largest decrease— 71.4 %—when compared with five years ago.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In April 2013 the Justice Department said the government obtained 18 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  
Ken, E 7 1 More
Oregon 5 2 More
Ill, N 3 3 More
N Car, M 3 3 More
Montana 2 5 More
N Dakota 2 5 More
Virg, E 2 5 More
Virg, W 2 5 More
Wash, W 2 5 More
Ala, S 1 10 More
Arizona 1 10 More
Ark, W 1 10 More
Conn 1 10 More
Fla, S 1 10 More
Ind, S 1 10 More
La, E 1 10 More
La, W 1 10 More
Mich, E 1 10 More
Mo, E 1 10 More
N Car, W 1 10 More
Nebraska 1 10 More
Ohio, N 1 10 More
S Dakota 1 10 More
Tenn, M 1 10 More
Texas, S 1 10 More
Utah 1 10 More
Wyoming 1 10 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington)—with 7 convictions—was the most active during April 2013.

  • The District of Oregon ranked 2nd.

  • Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) and Middle District of North Carolina (Greensboro) 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 April 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Van Tatenhove, Gregory Frederick Ken, E 7 1 More
Aiken, Ann L. Oregon 3 2 More
Lovell, Charles C. Montana 2 3 More
Hovland, Daniel L. N Dakota 2 3 More
Coughenour, John C. Wash, W 2 3 More
DuBose, Kristi K. Ala, S 1 6 More
Jorgenson, Cindy K. Arizona 1 6 More
Dawson, Robert Toombs Ark, W 1 6 More
Thompson, Alvin W. Conn 1 6 More
Middlebrooks, Donald M. Fla, S 1 6 More
Gettleman, Robert William Ill, N 1 6 More
Kennelly, Matthew F. Ill, N 1 6 More
Mahoney, P. Michael Ill, N 1 6 More
Lawrence, William T. Ind, S 1 6 More
Duval, Stanwood R., Jr. La, E 1 6 More
Haik, Richard T., Sr La, W 1 6 More
Whalen, R. Steven Mich, E 1 6 More
Hamilton, Jean Constance Mo, E 1 6 More
Beaty, James A., Jr. N Car, M 1 6 More
Tilley, Norwood Carlton, Jr. N Car, M 1 6 More
Schroeder, Thomas D. N Car, M 1 6 More
Reidinger, Martin Karl N Car, W 1 6 More
Strom, Lyle Elmer Nebraska 1 6 More
Boyko, Christopher A. Ohio, N 1 6 More
Jones, Robert Edward Oregon 1 6 More
Mosman, Michael W. Oregon 1 6 More
Kornmann, Charles B. S Dakota 1 6 More
Haynes, William Joseph, Jr. Tenn, M 1 6 More
Rainey, John David Texas, S 1 6 More
Benson, Dee Vance Utah 1 6 More
Lee, Gerald Bruce Virg, E 1 6 More
Payne, Robert E. Virg, E 1 6 More
Kiser, Jackson L. Virg, W 1 6 More
Moon, Norman K. Virg, W 1 6 More
Johnson, Alan Bond Wyoming 1 6 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

All 35 of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of convictions . (Because of ties, there were a total of 35 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judge Gregory Frederick Van Tatenhove in the Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington) ranked 1st with 7 convicted in convictions.

  • Judge Ann L. Aiken in the District of Oregon ranked 2nd with 3 convicted in convictions.

  • Judges Charles C. Lovell in the District of Montana, Daniel L. Hovland in the District of North Dakota and John C. Coughenour in the Western District of Washington (Seattle) ranked 3rd with 2 convicted in convictions.

Report Generated: June 10, 2013
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