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October 5, 2011

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that his office was very effective in collecting money on behalf of the United States of America in the recently completed fiscal year. Federal fiscal year 2011 runs from October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2011. During that period, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois collected a total of $23,036,885.18. This amount consisted of $19,999,166.83 in criminal collections and $3,037,718.35 in civil collections.

The amount collected was far in excess of the office operating budget, and allowed the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois to operate at a profit for the fiscal year. The criminal collections consisted of restitution to crime victims as well as fines and special assessments. The civil collections consisted of restitution in civil fraud cases, mortgage foreclosures, defaulted student loans, bankruptcy and other debts due the United States.

“No one would dispute that economic times are tough. Despite this, I am very pleased that through hard work my office was able to make crime pay the United States of America and its victims in Southern Illinois,” said United States Attorney Wigginton.

The collections in criminal cases other than restitution are turned over to the Crime Victim’s Fund which is administered by the United States Department of Justice for the benefit of victims of crime. The restitution is paid directly to the crime victims to compensate them for their losses. The amount of restitution collected on behalf of victims of crime was $3,070,208.26.

“My office will continue to be vigilant and dogged in its collection activity, and will take all steps necessary to insure that debts owed to the United States of America and its citizens, whether those debts be criminal or civil, are fairly paid in a timely fashion,” United States Attorney Wigginton noted.



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