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>Maryland U. S. Attorney’s Office Collected over $24.7 Million in Debts Owed to the United States in FY 2012


Also Collected Over $4 Million in Asset Forfeitures, Over $2 Million of which was Returned to State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced that financial collections in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 in the District of Maryland reached more than $24.7 million. The U.S. Department of Justice keeps statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30.

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said, “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the staff of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, our collections were more than the amount of money allocated to run the entire operation of the office.” U.S. Attorney Rosenstein added, “We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from their illegal activities.”

According to statistics from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney=s Office for the District of Maryland in FY 2012 collected $10,889,306.25 in criminal debts owed to the U.S. government and to federal crime victims, including restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments. The statistics also show that $13,835,316.43 was collected in civil actions, including judgments in civil cases.

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. 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.

The statistics show that the $13,835,316.43 collected in civil actions in Maryland, include affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected penalties imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, and debts collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, and Small Business Administration.

In the criminal area, of the total $10,889,306.25 collected, $7,358,150.87 was for restitution for federal agencies and for victims other than the federal governments; and $3,531,155.38 was for criminal fines and other criminal collections.

In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland collected $4,196,301 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2012. 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 District of Maryland collected $834,613 in administrative forfeitures, $1,576,114 in civil forfeitures, and $1,785,574 in criminal forfeitures. Of the total collected, $2,020,867 was given back to agencies that participated in cases resulting in forfeitures, as part of the Equitable Sharing program.

Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected in FY 2011. A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2012.

For more information, the Department’s Annual Statistical Reports on prior fiscal years can be found on the internet at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.


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