U.S. attorney's office announces collections of $19,891,159 for U.S. taxpayers in fiscal year 2013
St. Louis, MO - United States Attorney Richard Callahan announced today that for the fiscal year 2013, his office collected $11,448,830 in criminal and civil actions during the year. Of this amount, $10,113,957 was collected in criminal actions and $1,334,873 was collected in civil actions.
In addition to the above eleven million dollars, the Office also assisted partner law enforcement agencies in the Eastern District of Missouri in collecting an additional $8,442,329 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2013. Forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.
Aside from these collection efforts in the Eastern District of Missouri, the office also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect additional monies, but those monies are not included in the numbers being announced.
Earlier today, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013. The more than $8 billion in collections in FY 2013 represents nearly three times the appropriated $2.76 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.
"The department’s enforcement actions help to not only ensure justice is served, but also deliver a valuable return to the American people," said Attorney General Holder. "It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the Department’s mounting caseload. As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment."
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. 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 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 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, Small Business Administration and Department of Education.