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Financial Litigation Unit

The Financial Litigation Unit litigates debt collection issues and enforces collection of criminal and civil debts owed to the United States or to victims of federal crime.

Civil Collections:  The FLU enforces collection of civil debts on behalf of federal agencies in litigation that most often involves federal loan programs, civil penalties assessed by federal agencies and civil fraud actions litigated by the United States Attorney's Office.

Criminal Collections:  In almost every criminal case prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office, a special assessment is imposed upon each individual or corporate defendant at the time of sentencing. In addition, a criminal fine and/or restitution to victims are often imposed upon the defendant. All special assessments, criminal fines and restitution payments that are collected are then disbursed either directly to victims identified through the prosecution of the case, or to the National Crime Victims Fund, which disburses grants to various victims' groups across the country, including victims' organizations in Massachusetts.

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Payment Instructions
All civil debts are received and processed by the Financial Litigation Unit.  Personal checks are acceptable, made payable to the "Department of Justice" and mailed to the United States Attorney's Office, Attention: Financial Litigation Unit, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200, Boston, MA, 02210.

Payments in the amount of $50,000.00 or more are required to be sent via electronic funds transfer directly to the United States Treasury, using the forms supplied below.  The Financial Litigation Unit must be contacted at least three (3) business days prior to the electronic fund transfer to ensure that the transfer is properly processed.  Please call 617-748-3100 and ask to speak to a Paralegal Specialist in the Financial Litigation Unit to make these arrangements.

All civil monetary obligations to the United States may be paid via http://www.pay.gov.  Detailed instructions are included at the website.

Criminal Debts
All special assessments, fines and restitution payments are received and processed by the United States District Court's Clerk's Office.  The Clerk's Office maintains the official docket of the case and issues copies of receipts to the debtor and the United States Attorney's Office.  Checks should be made payable to the "Clerk, United States District Court" and should reference the docket number assigned to the case.  The Clerk's Office also accepts electronic funds transfers.  For further instructions or mailing information, contact the Clerk's Office directly at 617-748-9152.

Electronic Fund Transfer information
Contact us by phone to obtain the FEDWIRE Electronic Funds Transfer form.  Call 617-748-3100 and ask to speak to a Paralegal Specialist in the Financial Litigation Unit.

Once you have obtained the FEDWIRE Electronic Funds Transfer form, complete Items 7 and 12 on the form.  Contact the Assistant United States Attorney who prosecuted the case to obtain the "USAO Number" to complete Item 12.  (Do not contact the Financial Litigation Unit for the "USAO Number").

All other information contained in the FEDWIRE Electronic Funds Transfer form must not be altered in any way by you or your bank.  Once Items 7 and 12 of the FEDWIRE Electronic Funds Transfer form have been fully completed, provide the completed FEDWIRE Electronic Funds Transfer form to your bank.

Please Note:

  1. The individual or company representative may present this form to any bank.
  2. The individual or company is responsible for any FEDWIRE costs.
  3. The individual or company representative must notify the Financial Litigation Unit of the amount of the money transfer three (3) business days prior to the transfer.  This step is required because the Department of Justice Debt Accounting Operations Group must have prior notice of the Wire Transfer.

Common Questions and Answers

Is interest accruing on my debt?
Yes. All civil debts accrue interest, which is compounded annually.  The rate is based upon the Treasury Bill rate on the day the civil judgment is entered by the court.

All criminal debts in the amount of $2,500 or more also accrue interest, commencing 15 days after the date of sentencing. The rate of interest is determined by the Treasury Bill rate on the day of sentencing. Interest accruing on criminal debts is not compounded, however penalties of up to 25% of the debt may be added if the criminal debt is not paid within 90 days of its due date.

Can I pay my debt through installment payments?
The Financial Litigation Unit may consider entering into an installment payment agreement depending upon your financial situation. A Financial Statement must be completed and signed by you for review and consideration. Contact the Financial Litigation Unit for a Financial Statement if you would like to discuss this option.

Financial Statement Package for Individuals (PDF)
Financial Statement Package for Businesses (PDF)

Contacting the Financial Litigation Unit
Due to Privacy Act requirements, all responses to requests for personal financial or payment information will be in writing and mailed directly to debtors only. If you are a debtor and wish to be provided with financial information concerning your case, interest or penalty calculation, or payment record, please include your current mailing address with your request. If you are a debtor, but wish to request that your account information be provided to someone other than you, your request must be in writing, signed by you, and mailed to the FLU at the address below.

United States Attorney's Office
Attention: Financial Litigation Unit
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 9200
Boston, MA, 02210

By Phone:  617-748-3100 and ask to speak to a Paralegal Specialist in the Financial Litigation Unit.