Convictions for March 2013

Referring Agency: Social Security Administration

Number Latest Month 44
Percent Change from previous month 0.0
Percent Change from 1 year ago -15.1
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) 4.4
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) 3.2
Table 1: Criminal Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during March 2013 the government reported 44 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 the same as in 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 (-15.1 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 4.4 percent from levels reported in 2008.

The leveling out in these cases is partly related to increases in the matters filed in U.S. Magistrate Courts. If magistrate cases are excluded and only Federal District Court cases are counted, the overall increase in convictions is 3.2 percent instead of 4.4 percent. The evidence suggests that part of the difference may be the result of improvements in the recording of the magistrate cases by the Justice Department.

Plot of _FREQ_ by FYMONDT

Figure 1: Monthly trends in convictions

The leveling out 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-Federal Program", accounting for 52.3 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Theft-Government Property" (20.5%), " Other Criminal Prosecutions" (6.8%), "Government Property-Crimes Against" (4.5%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Program" (2.3%), "Fraud-Other" (2.3%), "Fraud-Other Business" (2.3%), "Fraud-Securities" (2.3%), "Obscenity" (2.3%), "Project Safe Childhood" (2.3%) , "Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (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, 1 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 March the most frequently cited lead charge was Title 36 U.S.C Section . involving the "Misappropriation of Property and Services". This was the lead charge for 100 percent of all magistrate convictions in March.

Convictions in U.S. District Courts

In March 2013, 43 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 Social Security Administration.

Lead Charge Count Rank 1yr ago 5yrs ago  
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 23 1 1 1 More
42 USC 408 - Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties 13 2 2 2 More
42 USC 1383a - Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution 2 3 3 6 More
18 USC 644 - Banker receiving unauthorized deposit of public mo 1 4 - - More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 1 4 5 4 More
18 USC 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television 1 4 11 12 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 "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 "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 6 five years ago.

Among these top ten lead charges, the one showing the greatest increase in convictions—up 200 percent—compared to one year ago was that involves " ". Compared to five years ago, the largest increase—80.6 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 50 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— 61.5 %—when compared with five years ago.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In March 2013 the Justice Department said the government obtained 16.8 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  
Wash, W 4 1 More
Mo, E 3 2 More
Montana 3 2 More
Conn 2 4 More
Ken, E 2 4 More
La, W 2 4 More
N Car, M 2 4 More
Tenn, W 2 4 More
Texas, N 2 4 More
Virg, E 2 4 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The Western District of Washington (Seattle)—with 4 convictions—was the most active during March 2013.

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

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  
Underhill, Stefan R. Conn 2 1 More
Bunning, David L. Ken, E 2 1 More
Christensen, Dana Lewis Montana 2 1 More
Schroeder, Thomas D. N Car, M 2 1 More
McCalla, Jon Phipps Tenn, W 2 1 More
Lasnik, Robert S. Wash, W 2 1 More
Bowdre, Karon O. Ala, N 1 7 More
Vinson, Clyde Roger Fla, N 1 7 More
Treadwell, Marc Thomas Ga, M 1 7 More
Edenfield, Berry Avant Ga, S 1 7 More
James, Robert Gillespie La, W 1 7 More
Stagg, Thomas E., Jr. La, W 1 7 More
Legg, Benson Everett Maryland 1 7 More
Bell, Robert Holmes Mich, W 1 7 More
Ozerden, Halil Suleyman Miss, S 1 7 More
Limbaugh, Stephen Nathaniel, Jr. Mo, E 1 7 More
Adelman, Terry I. Mo, E 1 7 More
Ross, John Andrew Mo, E 1 7 More
Maughmer, John T. Mo, W 1 7 More
Molloy, Donald W. Montana 1 7 More
Bataillon, Joseph F. Nebraska 1 7 More
McAuliffe, Steven J. New Hamp 1 7 More
Oliver, Solomon, Jr. Ohio, N 1 7 More
Ovington, Sharon L. Ohio, S 1 7 More
White, Ronald A. Okla, E 1 7 More
Panner, Owen Murphy Oregon 1 7 More
Slomsky, Joel Harvey Penn, E 1 7 More
Conti, Joy Flowers Penn, W 1 7 More
McBryde, John H. Texas, N 1 7 More
Koenig, Nancy M. Texas, N 1 7 More
Benson, Dee Vance Utah 1 7 More
Doumar, Robert George Virg, E 1 7 More
Davis, Mark Steven Virg, E 1 7 More
Bryan, Robert Jensen Wash, W 1 7 More
Coughenour, John C. Wash, W 1 7 More
Crabb, Barbara Brandriff Wisc, W 1 7 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

A total of 18 out of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of convictions , while the remaining 18 judges were from other districts. (Because of ties, there were a total of 36 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judges Stefan R. Underhill in the District of Connecticut, David L. Bunning in the Eastern District of Kentucky (Lexington), Dana Lewis Christensen in the District of Montana, Thomas D. Schroeder in the Middle District of North Carolina (Greensboro), Jon Phipps M cCalla in the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis) and Robert S. Lasnik in the Western District of Washington (Seattle) ranked 1st with 2 convicted in convictions.

Report Generated: May 9, 2013
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