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Los Angeles-Based U.S. Attorney’s Office Collected Over $430 Million in Civil, Criminal and Asset Forfeiture Actions During 2012 Fiscal Year

December 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California collected more than $430 million as a result of criminal prosecutions, civil lawsuits and asset forfeiture actions during the 2012 fiscal year, United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. announced today.

The total figure – $430,849,514 – is more than double the amount collected during the preceding fiscal year.

The amount collected during FY2012 is the result of $15,513,536 collected in criminal actions, $386,828,315 collected in civil actions, and $28,507,562 collected in criminal and civil asset forfeiture proceedings.

“During the past five years, my office has collected well over one and a half billion dollars – money that has gone to the federal treasury and to victims of federal crimes,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “Assistant U.S. Attorneys in this office have collected an average of nearly $318 million in each of these years, annually demonstrating their deep commitment to being fiscally responsible and working on behalf of the victims of crime.”

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California is based in Los Angeles and has branch offices in Santa Ana and Riverside. Approximately 275 Assistant United States Attorneys serve well over 18 million residents of the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

In one of the numerous cases that the U.S. Attorney’s Office concluded during the 2012 fiscal year, SCAN Health Plan, a Long Beach-based managed care health plan, paid $320 million – the largest recovery ever obtained from a single Medi-Cal provider (see: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cac/Pressroom/2012/112.html).

Nationwide, the United States Attorneys’ offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected the prior year. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices.

For further information, the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Reports can be found at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.


Release No. 12-172

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