The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California represents the federal government in virtually all litigation involving the United States in the Eastern District of California. This includes all criminal prosecutions for violations of federal law, civil lawsuits by and against the government, and actions to collect judgments and restitution on behalf of victims and taxpayers. The Eastern District of California is one of the largest judicial districts in the country, both in terms of population and land mass. It has almost eight million residents and encompasses six large urban areas: Sacramento, Fresno, Bakersfield, Stockton,Vallejo, and Fairfield. It extends over 87,000 square miles, 45% of which is federal land and includes 34 counties reaching from the Oregon border in the north down to Bakersfield in the south, and from the coastal mountains in the west, to the Nevada border in the east. (Click here for the CaliforniaCounty map of the Eastern District.) The attorneys and staff of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California are proud to represent residents of this large and culturally diverse district. It is the mission and the pledge of this office to represent the United States with determination, professionalism, and integrity.
Issue No. 55
The U.S. Attorney's
Report to the District
The U.S. Attorney’s Office collects funds in several ways – judgments in civil cases, criminal fines, restitution orders for victims in criminal cases, and asset forfeitures. Civil recoveries will hit a record for this district in the fiscal year that just ended on September 30, due in large part to the huge settlement obtained in a civil fraud case against JPMorgan Chase. This past fiscal year was also a record year for asset forfeitures.
Forfeitures, which are intended to divest defendants of the proceeds of crime or of properties used to commit crimes, can be pursued as part of a criminal case, or in a separate civil case.
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