Victim Witness Assistance

Victim and witness assistance program

           The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Michigan is committed to ensuring that federal crime victims are afforded all rights to which they are entitled by law. To accomplish this goal, each office in the district has a designated individual to provide victim and witness support. Our role is to prosecute cases fairly and justly. Services provided to crime victims and witnesses by the U.S. Attorney's Office include: notice of case events; information concerning their rights; information about case proceedings and the criminal justice system in general; referrals to medical and/or social service providers; assistance with travel arrangements; and logistical information concerning transportation, parking, child care, etc.

Victims' Rights

List of enumerated rights for victims established by Congress

Resources

Discover national programs that assist crime victims

Information for Victims in Large Cases

Provides case status updates for cases

Restitution

Learn more about the awarding and collection of restitution

Crime Victims' Rights Ombudsman

Receives and investigates complaints filed by crime victims against DOJ employees

Witness Information

Information for witnesses in federal criminal proceedings

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to the questions we are asked most often from victims and witnesses

Justice 101 Leave Website

Provides information about the criminal justice process and the federal court system

Contact Us

Contact the Victim Witness Coordinator for our district

 

United States v. Kentwood Pharmacy

Link to Kentwood Pharmacy - Superceding Indictment - PDF Format

Link to Kentwood Pharmacy Charged Pharmacists - PDF Format

Link to Victim Information Form - PDF Format

Link to Victim Information Form - Word Format

 

United States v. David McQueen, Trent Francke, Jason Juberg, Donald Juberg, Penny Hodge:

David McQueen Found Guilty - Link to Press Release. May 09, 2014

Link to Third Superseding Indictment Regarding David McQueen, Trent Franke, Jason Juberg, Donald Juberg. September 16, 2013

Link to Indictment regarding David McQueen and Trent Francke. December 8, 2011

Link to IRS Instructions for Form 4684, Casualties and Thefts. 2012

Losses From Ponzi-Type Investment Schemes

The IRS has issued the following guidance to assist taxpayers who are victims of losses from Ponzi-type investment schemes.

Revenue Ruling 2009-9, 2009-14 I.R.B. 735 (available at www.irs.gov/irb/2009-14_IRB/ar07.html).

Revenue Procedure 2009-20, 2009-14 I.R.B. 749 (available at www.irs.gov/irb/2009-14_IRB/ar11.html).

Revenue Procedure 2011-58, 2011-50 I.R.B. 849 (available at www.irs.gov/irb/2011-50_IRB/ar11.html).

 

United States v. Jay Fletcher Vincent, Restitution Requests:

Link to Vincent Restitution Requests - Disqualified Applicants

Link to Vincent Restitution Requests - Group 1 Victims

Link to Vincent Restitution Requests - Group 2 Victims

 

United States v. Anthony Leroy Portee

Link to Portee Revocation Hearing Information

Link to Anthony Leroy Portee hearing to revoke or modify the defendant’s supervised release scheduled for 10/8/2014, 11:00 AM

 

Rights of Crime Victims

The Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004 provides victims of federal crimes legal rights.

The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.

The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.

The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.

The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.

The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.

The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.

The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.

The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

The United States Department of Justice agencies and offices will make their best efforts to ensure these rights. Note that crime victims may seek the advice of a private attorney with respect to these rights.

Services to Crime Victims

Provide general information about the criminal justice process and notice of case events.

Provide referrals for victims to agencies for shelter, counseling, compensation, restitution and other types of assistance.

Provide victims and witnesses with a waiting area separate from the offender and defense witnesses during court proceedings to the extent possible.

Provide support and assistance to victims and witnesses during court appearances.

Provide information or assistance concerning transportation, parking, lodging, and related services.

Provide assistance in notifying the employer regarding absence from work because of attending court proceedings when requested.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice implemented a nation-wide Victim Notification System (VNS). This no cost service provides victims of crime with notice of case events via letters and e-mails as the case progresses through the criminal justice system.

For general information on the VNS System, click on the link below to download the VNS brochure (in PDF format) or call the Victim/Witness Program coordinators at (616) 808-2034 to receive a copy by mail.

www.usdoj.gov/usao/miw/programs/victimwitness/vns_brochure.pdf

If you are identified as a victim of crime, you will receive a VNS letter which includes a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that provides you access to the system through the internet at the following address: www.notify.usdoj.gov

In the alternative, you can contact the VNS Call Center at 1-866-365-4968. You will be asked to enter your VIN and PIN numbers to access information. You should notify the VNS Call Center when your contact information changes, for example, change in address or telephone number. You may also contact a Victim/Witness coordinator at (616) 808-2034 to update your notification information.

Victim and Witness Resources/Links

Contact Information

Courthouse Locations

Crime Victim Complaint Process

Michigan Crime Victims’ Compensation

Resources Available

           What You Can Do If You Are A Victim of Crime

           Qué Puede Hacer Si Es Victima De Un Delito

Restitution

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