U. S. Attorney's Office Collects $111,488,310 In
Civil & Criminal Actions In FY 2011
Detroit, Michigan - United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade announced today that the Eastern District of Michigan collected $111,488,310.10 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 related to criminal and civil actions. Of this amount, $70,358,579.50 was collected in criminal actions and $41,129,730.60 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the office collected $6,060,874 in criminal and civil forfeitures, with pending forfeitures totaling $67,627,748.
"We have added personnel and improved our processes for recovering funds, and that focus has paid off," McQuade said. "Our employees work hard to recover funds for the federal treasury and for victims of crime so that we can hold people accountable when they seek to profit from illegal activities." McQuade noted that this year’s recoveries were more than four times the office’s annual budget of $24 million.
A significant portion of the money collected in criminal cases is attributable to two large fine payments in Federal Trade Commission (FTC) cases. In U.S. v Embraco North America, Inc. $16,811,718.81 was collected, and in U.S. v Panasonic Corp, the judgment of $49,100,400 was collected in full. The largest civil recoveries were in health care cases; in three of those cases alone, almost $36 million was collected by the Eastern District of Michigan.
Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys' offices collected $6.5 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2011, surpassing $6 billion for the second consecutive year. A portion of this amount, $1.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys' offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $6.5 billion represents more than three times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2011.
The U.S. Attorneys' Offices, along with the department's litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. Statistics indicate that the total amount collected in criminal actions totaled $2.66 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.
The statistics also indicate that $3.83 billion was collected by the U.S. Attorneys' offices in individually and jointly handled 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.
Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys' offices, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $1.68 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2011. Forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.
The nationwide collection totals for the U.S. Attorneys' offices for FY 2010 and FY 2011 combined is $13.18 billion, which represents nearly a 52% increase over the FY 2008 and FY 2009 combined total of $8.55 billion.
For further information, the United States Attorneys' Annual Statistical Reports can be found on the internet at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html