Prosecutions for July 2013

Referring Agency: Social Security Administration

Number Latest Month 26
Percent Change from previous month -56.7
Percent Change from 1 year ago 6.2
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 16.5
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 13.5
Table 1: Criminal Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during July 2013 the government reported 26 new prosecutions 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 down 56.7% 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 (6.2 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 16.5 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 July 2013 was for "Fraud-Federal Program", accounting for 57.7 percent of prosecutions. Prosecutions were also filed for "Theft-Government Property" (19.2%), " Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (11.5%), "Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated" (3.8%), "Fraud-Tax" (3.8%), "Immigration" (3.8%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of prosecutions

Prosecutions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In July 2013, 2 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 July the most frequently cited lead charge was Title 18 U.S.C Section 641 involving the "Public money, property or records". This was the lead charge for 50 percent of all magistrate filings in July.

Prosecutions in U.S. District Courts

In July 2013, 24 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during July there were an additional 2 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 July.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

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

Lead Charge Count Rank  
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 17 1 More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 1 2 More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 1 2 More
18 USC 1029 - Fraud and related activity - access devices 1 2 More
18 USC 1341 - Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles 1 2 More
18 USC 1542 - False statement in application and use of passport 1 2 More
Table 2: Top charges filed

  • "Public money, property or records" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 641) was the most frequent recorded lead charge.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency were the lead charges "Other US Code Section" under Title U.S.C Section, "Fraud/false statements or entries generally" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1001, "Fraud and related activity - id documents" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1028, "Fraud and related activity - access devices " under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1029, "Mail Fraud - Frauds and swindles" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1341 and "False statement in application and use of passport" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 1542.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In July 2013 the Justice Department said the government brought 10.2 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  
Cal, C 6 1 More
Mo, E 3 2 More
Ill, N 2 3 More
Ala, S 1 4 More
Fla, M 1 4 More
Fla, S 1 4 More
Ga, N 1 4 More
Ind, S 1 4 More
Maryland 1 4 More
Mass 1 4 More
N. Y., S 1 4 More
Oregon 1 4 More
Penn, E 1 4 More
Texas, N 1 4 More
Utah 1 4 More
W Virg, N 1 4 More
Wash, W 1 4 More
Wisc, E 1 4 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Central District of California (Los Angeles)—with 6 prosecutions—was the most active during July 2013.

  • The Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) ranked 2nd.

  • Northern District of Illinois (Chicago) is 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 July 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Phillips, Virginia A. Cal, C 3 1 More
DuBose, Kristi K. Ala, S 1 2 More
Antoon, John, II Fla, M 1 2 More
Moore, Kevin Michael Fla, S 1 2 More
Norgle, Charles Ronald, Sr. Ill, N 1 2 More
Chang, Edmond E-Min Ill, N 1 2 More
Lawrence, William T. Ind, S 1 2 More
Hollander, Ellen Lipton Maryland 1 2 More
Casper, Denise Jefferson Mass 1 2 More
Autrey, Henry Edward Mo, E 1 2 More
Limbaugh, Stephen Nathaniel, Jr. Mo, E 1 2 More
Mummert, Thomas C., III Mo, E 1 2 More
Panner, Owen Murphy Oregon 1 2 More
Reed, Lowell A., Jr. Penn, E 1 2 More
Lindsay, Sam A. Texas, N 1 2 More
Benson, Dee Vance Utah 1 2 More
Groh, Gina Marie W Virg, N 1 2 More
Leighton, Ronald B. Wash, W 1 2 More
Griesbach, William C. Wisc, E 1 2 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

All 19 of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of filings . (Because of ties, there were a total of 19 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judge Virginia A. Phillips in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) ranked 1st with 3 defendants in cases.

  • Judges Kristi K. DuBose in the Southern District of Alabama (Mobile), John Antoon, II in the Middle District of Florida (Tampa), Kevin Michael Moore in the Southern District of Florida (Miami), Charles Ronald Norgle, Sr. in the Northern District of Illinois (Chic ago), Edmond E-Min Chang in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), William T. Lawrence in the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis), Ellen Lipton Hollander in the District of Maryland, Denise Jefferson Casper in the District of Mass ranked 2nd with 1 defendants in cases.

Report Generated: September 23, 2013
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