Convictions for June 2013

Referring Agency: Social Security Administration

Number Latest Month 35
Percent Change from previous month -25.5
Percent Change from 1 year ago -9.3
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 9.5
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 9.7
Table 1: Criminal Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during June 2013 the government reported 35 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 down 25.5% 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 (-9.3 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 9.5 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 June 2013 was for "Fraud-Federal Program", accounting for 54.3 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Theft-Government Property" (22.9%), "Fraud-Other" (14.3%), " Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated" (2.9%), "Fugitive Crimes" (2.9%), "Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (2.9%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of convictions

Convictions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In June 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 June 2013, 35 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during June 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 June.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

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

Lead Charge Count Rank 1yr ago 5yrs ago  
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 25 1 1 1 More
42 USC 1383a - Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution 3 2 3 5 More
42 USC 408 - Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties 2 3 2 2 More
18 USC 286 - Conspiracy to defraud the Government claims 1 4 - - More
18 USC 1028A - Aggravated Identity Theft 1 4 6 8 More
18 USC 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television 1 4 9 11 More
18 USC 2250 - Fail to register as sex offender after traveling interstate commerce 1 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 "Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383. "Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383 was ranked 3 a year ago, while it was ranked 5 five years ago.

  • Ranked 3rd was "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.

Among these top ten lead charges, the one showing the greatest increase in convictions—up 4.8 percent—compared to one year ago was Title 18 U.S.C Section 641 that involves " Public money, property or records ". This was the same statute that had the largest increase—67.9 %—when compared with five years ago.

Again among the top ten lead charges, the one showing the sharpest decline in convictions compared to one year ago—down 27.8 percent—was Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution (Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383 ). Compared to five years ago, the most significant decline in convictions— 16.7 percent—was for convictions where the lead charge was " Aggravated Identity Theft " (Title 18 U.S.C Section 1028 ).

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In June 2013 the Justice Department said the government obtained 13.7 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  
Mo, E 4 1 More
Oregon 3 2 More
Ken, E 2 3 More
Minnesota 2 3 More
Virg, E 2 3 More
Virg, W 2 3 More
Wash, W 2 3 More
Ala, N 1 8 More
Ala, S 1 8 More
Cal, E 1 8 More
Cal, N 1 8 More
Fla, M 1 8 More
Idaho 1 8 More
Ill, S 1 8 More
La, W 1 8 More
Mich, E 1 8 More
Montana 1 8 More
N Car, M 1 8 More
N. Y., N 1 8 More
Ohio, S 1 8 More
Okla, W 1 8 More
Penn, E 1 8 More
Penn, W 1 8 More
S Car 1 8 More
Texas, N 1 8 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis)—with 4 convictions—was the most active during June 2013.

  • The District of Oregon ranked 2nd.

  • Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington), District of Minnesota, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria), Western District of Virginia (Roanoke) and Western District of Washington (Seattle) 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 June 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Thapar, Amul Roger Ken, E 2 1 More
Kyle, Richard House Minnesota 2 1 More
Autrey, Henry Edward Mo, E 2 1 More
Aiken, Ann L. Oregon 2 1 More
Smith, Charles Lynwood, Jr. Ala, N 1 5 More
Butler, Charles Randolph, Jr. Ala, S 1 5 More
Newman, Kendall J. Cal, E 1 5 More
Chen, Edward Milton Cal, N 1 5 More
Steele, John E. Fla, M 1 5 More
Winmill, B. Lynn Idaho 1 5 More
Gilbert, John Phil Ill, S 1 5 More
Foote, Elizabeth Erny La, W 1 5 More
Ludington, Thomas Lamson Mich, E 1 5 More
Hamilton, Jean Constance Mo, E 1 5 More
Sippel, Rodney W. Mo, E 1 5 More
Lovell, Charles C. Montana 1 5 More
Tilley, Norwood Carlton, Jr. N Car, M 1 5 More
Hurd, David N. N. Y., N 1 5 More
Smith, George Curtis Ohio, S 1 5 More
Cauthron, Robin J. Okla, W 1 5 More
Brown, Anna J. Oregon 1 5 More
Savage, Timothy J. Penn, E 1 5 More
Fischer, Nora Barry Penn, W 1 5 More
Wooten, Terry L. S Car 1 5 More
Solis, Jorge Antonio Texas, N 1 5 More
Brinkema, Leonie M. Virg, E 1 5 More
Gibney, John Adrian, Jr. Virg, E 1 5 More
Moon, Norman K. Virg, W 1 5 More
Conrad, Glen Edward Virg, W 1 5 More
Coughenour, John C. Wash, W 1 5 More
Pechman, Marsha J. Wash, W 1 5 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

All 31 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 31 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judges Amul Roger Thapar in the Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington), Richard House Kyle in the District of Minnesota, Henry Edward Autrey in the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) and Ann L. Aiken in the District of Oregon ranked 1st with 2 convicted in convictions.

Report Generated: August 20, 2013
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