NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS

STEPHEN R. WIGGINTON UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

Nine Executive Drive, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208 402 West Main Street, Benton, Illinois 62812

For Immediate Release Public Information Officer December 20, 2010 FAUSA Randy G. Massey

(618) 628-3700

U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICES CONTRIBUTED TO $6.68 BILLION IN CIVIL & CRIMINAL COLLECTIONS IN FISCAL YEAR 2010

Recoveries Largest in History

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that financial collections by the Department of Justice in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 reached an all-time high due to the efforts of the U.S. Attorneys= offices nationwide. The ninety-four U.S. Attorneys=offices nation-wide contributed to the collection of $6.68 billion during the government=s fiscal year. This amount is the most successful collection year by the U.S. Attorneys= offices nationwide.

According to statistics from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney=s Office for the

Southern District of Illinois contributed $22,537,615.15 to the FY 2010 collection. Of this amount, $9,455,171.07 was collected in criminal actions and $13,082,444.08 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the office also collected $294,057 in criminal forfeitures and $291,452 in civil forfeitures for a total of $585,509 in forfeitures collected in FY 2010.

During this timeof economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever,” said U.S.

Attorney Wigginton. AThe U.S. Attorney=s Office for the Southern District of Illinois is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for victims of federal crime and for the federal treasury. We will remain vigilant and continue to hold those who seek to profit from their illegal activities accountable through all of the avenues legally available to us.@

The U.S. Attorneys=offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts

owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. Statistics from the Department of Justice indicate that the total amount collected in criminal actions totaled $2.84 billion in restitution, criminal fines, and felony assessments. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid directly to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the Department=s Crime Victims=Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys= offices contributed to the collection of $1.8 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2010. Forfeited assets are deposited into either the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund or the Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

The statistics also indicate that $3.84 billion was collected in civil actions. The largest civil

collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and Small Business Administration.

The nationwide collection totals for FY 2010 represent nearly a 30% increase in criminal

collections and 57% increase in civil collections over FY 2009. In FY 2009, the U.S. Attorneys=offices contributed to the collection of more than $4.6 billion. Of the amount collected, $2.23 billion was collected criminally and $2.44 billion was collected civilly. The significant increase in collections was due to various large criminal restitution cases as well as large health care fraud cases.

For further information, the Department=s Annual Statistical Reports can be found on the internet

at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html