Official Corruption Prosecutions for June 2022

Number Latest Month 33
Percent Change from previous month 65.0
Percent Change from 1 year ago -2.3
Percent Change from 5 years ago
(Including Magistrate Court)
Percent Change from 5 years ago
(Excluding Magistrate Court)
Table 1. Criminal Official Corruption Prosecutions

The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during June 2022 the government reported 33 new official corruption prosecutions. According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 65 percent over the previous month.

The comparisons of the number of defendants charged with official corruption-related offenses 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 2022 prosecutions of this type are compared with those of the same period in the previous year, the number of filings was down (-2.3%). Prosecutions over the past year are still much lower than they were five years ago. Overall, the data show that prosecutions of this type are down 27.4 percent from levels reported in 2017.

Figure 1. Monthly Trends in Official Corruption Prosecutions

The decrease from the levels five years ago in official corruption prosecutions for these matters is shown more clearly in Figure 1. The vertical bars in Figure 1 represent the number of official corruption 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.

Within the broad category of official corruption, cases were classified by prosecutors into more specific types.

Case types within official corruption are

  • Federal Corruption - Procurement

  • Federal Corruption - Program

  • Federal Corruption - Law Enforcement

  • Federal Corruption - Other

  • State Corruption

  • Local Corruption

  • Other Public Corruption

The largest number of prosecutions of these matters in June 2022 was for "Corruption(Govt Off)-Other", accounting for 39.4 percent of prosecutions. Prosecutions were also filed for "Corruption(Govt Off)-Local" (30.3%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Procurement" (12.1%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Other" (9.1%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-Fed Law Enforcement" (6.1%), "Corruption(Govt Off)-State" (3%). See Figure 2.

The lead investigative agency for official corruption prosecutions in June 2022 was FBI accounting for 61 percent of prosecutions referred. Other agencies with substantial numbers of official corruption referrals were: IRS (9% ), DHS (3%), Justice Other (3%). See Figure 3.

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Figure 2. Specific Types of Prosecutions
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Figure 3. Prosecutions by Investigative Agency

Official Corruption Prosecutions in U.S. Magistrate Courts

Top Ranked Lead Charges

In June 2022, 2 defendants in official corruption 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 June the most frequently cited lead charge was Title 18 U.S.C Section 201 involving "Bribery of public officials and witnesses". This was the lead charge for 50 percent of all magistrate filings in June.

Official Corruption Prosecutions in U.S. District Courts

In June 2022, 31 defendants in new cases for these matters were charged in the U.S. District Courts. In addition during June there were an additional 1 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 prosecutions of official corruption matters filed in U.S. District Court during June 2022.

Lead Charge Count Rank  
18 USC 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television 10 1 More
18 USC 666 - Theft or bribery in programs receiving Fed funds 9 2 More
18 USC 201 - Bribery of public officials and witnesses 3 3 More
18 USC 371 - Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud US 2 4 More
02 USC 192 - Congress refusal of witness totestify/produce pap 1 5 More
18 USC 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law 1 5 More
18 USC 1001 - Fraud/false statements or entries generally 1 5 More
18 USC 1028 - Fraud and related activity - id documents 1 5 More
18 USC 1349 - Mail Fraud - Attempt and Conspiracy 1 5 More
18 USC 1512 - Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant 1 5 More
18 USC 1708 - Theft or receipt of stolen mail matter generally 1 5 More
18 USC 2423 - Transportation of minors for sexual activity 1 5 More
Table 2. Top Charges Filed

  • "Fraud by wire, radio, or television" (Title 18 U.S.C Section 1343) was the most frequent recorded lead charge.

  • Ranked 2nd in frequency was the lead charge "Theft or bribery in programs receiving Fed funds" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 666.

  • Ranked 3rd was "Bribery of public officials and witnesses" under Title 18 U.S.C Section 201.

Top Ranked Judicial Districts

In June 2022 the Justice Department's case-by-case records show that the government brought 11.7 official corruption prosecutions for every ten million people in the United States.

Understandably, there is great variation in the number of official corruption 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  
Mo, E 5 1 More
Miss, N 3 2 More
Puer Rico 3 2 More
Ill, N 2 4 More
Mass 2 4 More
Mo, W 2 4 More
N. Y., S 2 4 More
Texas, S 2 4 More
Cal, E 1 9 More
D. C. 1 9 More
Fla, M 1 9 More
Ga, S 1 9 More
Miss, S 1 9 More
N Car, E 1 9 More
N Car, M 1 9 More
N. Y., N 1 9 More
Nevada 1 9 More
Penn, M 1 9 More
W Virg, N 1 9 More
Table 3. Top 10 Districts

  • The Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) — with 5 prosecutions — was the most active during June 2022.

  • The Northern District of Mississippi (Oxford) and District of Puerto Rico 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 official corruption crime cases of this type during June 2022 are shown in Table 4.

Judge Count Rank  
Clark, Stephen Robert, Sr. Mo, E 4 1 More
Valdez, Maria Ill, N 2 2 More
Kays, David Gregory Mo, W 2 2 More
Alvarez, Micaela Texas, S 2 2 More
Nunley, Troy Lynne Cal, E 1 5 More
Mehta, Amit Priyavadan D. C. 1 5 More
Honeywell, Charlene Vanessa Edwards Fla, M 1 5 More
Bowen, Dudley Hollingsworth, Jr. Ga, S 1 5 More
Young, William G. Mass 1 5 More
Sippel, Rodney W. Mo, E 1 5 More
Boyle, Terrence William N Car, E 1 5 More
D'Agostino, Mae Avila N. Y., N 1 5 More
Schwab, Susan E. Penn, M 1 5 More
Table 4. Top Ten Judges

All 13 of the "top ten" judges were in districts which were in the top ten with the largest number of official corruption filings. (Because of ties, there were a total of 13 judges in the "top ten" rankings.)

  • Judge Stephen Robert Clark, Sr. in the Eastern District of Missouri (St. Louis) ranked 1st with 4 defendants in official corruption cases.

  • Judges Maria Valdez in the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago), David Gregory Kays in the Western District of Missouri (Kansas City) and Micaela Alvarez in the Southern District of Texas (Houston) ranked 2nd with 2 defendants in official corruption cases.

Report Generated: August 3, 2022
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