Convictions for October 2013

Referring Agency: Social Security Administration

Number Latest Month 31
Percent Change from previous month -49.2
Percent Change from 1 year ago -6.1
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Including Magistrate Court) -6.5
Percent Change from 5 years ago (Excluding Magistrate Court) -5.5
Table 1: Criminal Convictions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during October 2013 the government reported 31 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 49.2% 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 (-6.1 percent). Convictions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that convictions of this type are down 6.5 percent from levels reported in 2008.

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 October 2013 was for "Fraud-Federal Program", accounting for 54.8 percent of convictions. Convictions were also filed for "Theft-Government Property" (16.1%), " Withheld by Govt from TRAC (FOIA challen" (16.1%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Other" (3.2%), "Fraud-Identity Theft-Aggravated" (3.2%), "Fraud-Securities" (3.2%), "Violence-Other" (3.2%). See Figure 2.

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Figure 2: Specific types of convictions

Convictions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In October 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 October 2013, 31 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during October 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 October.

Top Ranked Lead Charges

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

Lead Charge Count Rank  
18 USC 641 - Public money, property or records 17 1 More
42 USC 408 - Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties 3 2 More
18 USC 201 - Bribery of public officials and witnesses 1 3 More
18 USC 844 - Explosives - Importation and storage of explosives 1 3 More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 1 3 More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 1 3 More
42 USC 1383 - Social Security -Procedure for payment of benefits 1 3 More
42 USC 1383a - Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution 1 3 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.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Fed Old Age, Survivors & Disab Insur -Penalties" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 408.

  • Ranked 3rd were "Bribery of public officials and witnesses" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 201, "Explosives - Importation and storage of explosives" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 844, "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, "Social Security -Procedure for payment of benefits" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383 and "Fraudulent acts; penalties; restitution" under Title 42 U.S.C Section 1383.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In October 2013 the Justice Department said the government obtained 11.9 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  
Oregon 3 1 More
Cal, C 2 2 More
Fla, M 2 2 More
Ind, S 2 2 More
Mo, E 2 2 More
Penn, W 2 2 More
S Car 2 2 More
Wash, W 2 2 More
Delaware 1 9 More
Ind, N 1 9 More
Iowa, S 1 9 More
Ken, E 1 9 More
La, M 1 9 More
Maryland 1 9 More
Mich, E 1 9 More
N Car, E 1 9 More
N Car, W 1 9 More
Ohio, N 1 9 More
Okla, E 1 9 More
S Dakota 1 9 More
Texas, E 1 9 More
Texas, S 1 9 More
Table 3: Top 10 districts

  • The District of Oregon—with 3 convictions—was the most active during October 2013.

  • The Central District of California (Los Angeles), Middle District of Florida (Tampa), Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis), Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis), Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), District of South Carolina and Western D istrict of Washington (Seattle) 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 October 2013 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Ambrose, Donetta W. Penn, W 2 1 More
Childs, Julianna Michelle S Car 2 1 More
Feess, Gary Allen Cal, C 1 3 More
Otero, S. James Cal, C 1 3 More
Robinson, Sue Lewis Delaware 1 3 More
Adams, Henry Lee, Jr. Fla, M 1 3 More
Moody, James S., Jr. Fla, M 1 3 More
Moody, James Tyne Ind, N 1 3 More
Young, Richard L. Ind, S 1 3 More
Lawrence, William T. Ind, S 1 3 More
Rose, Stephanie Marie Iowa, S 1 3 More
Thapar, Amul Roger Ken, E 1 3 More
Dick, Shelly Deckert La, M 1 3 More
Titus, Roger W. Maryland 1 3 More
Cox, Sean Francis Mich, E 1 3 More
Limbaugh, Stephen Nathaniel, Jr. Mo, E 1 3 More
Adelman, Terry I. Mo, E 1 3 More
Fox, James Carroll N Car, E 1 3 More
Whitney, Frank DeArmon N Car, W 1 3 More
Polster, Dan A. Ohio, N 1 3 More
Payne, James H. Okla, E 1 3 More
Haggerty, Ancer Lee Oregon 1 3 More
Mosman, Michael W. Oregon 1 3 More
McShane, Michael Jerome Oregon 1 3 More
Lange, Roberto Antonio S Dakota 1 3 More
Schneider, Michael H., Sr. Texas, E 1 3 More
Werlein, Ewing, Jr. Texas, S 1 3 More
Coughenour, John C. Wash, W 1 3 More
Zilly, Thomas Samuel Wash, W 1 3 More
Table 4: Top 10 judges

All 29 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 29 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judges Donetta W. Ambrose in the Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) and Julianna Michelle Childs in the District of South Carolina ranked 1st with 2 convicted in convictions.

  • Judges Gary Allen Feess in the Central District of California (Los Angeles), S. James Otero in the Central District of California (Los Angeles), Sue Lewis Robinson in the District of Delaware, Henry Lee Adams, Jr. in the Middle District of Florida (Tampa), James S. Moody, Jr. in the Middle District of Florida (Tampa), James Tyne Moody in the Northern District of Indiana (South Bend), Richard L. Young in the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis), William T. Lawrence in the Southern District of Ind ranked 3rd with 1 convicted in convictions.

Report Generated: January 13, 2014
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