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U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI COLLECTS MORE THAN $6.8 MILLION IN CIVIL
AND CRIMINAL ACTIONS FOR TAXPAYERS IN FISCAL YEAR 2013.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2014

Jackson, Miss - U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis announced today that the Southern District of Mississippi collected $6,820,790.70 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013. Of this amount, $6,309,767.24 was collected in criminal actions and $511,023.46 was collected in civil actions.


Additionally, the Southern District of Mississippi worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $184,502,999.40 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.


Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 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 taxpayer,” 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. Attorney’s Office and, in particular the Financial Litigation Unit, is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crime,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, “During this time of economic recovery and shrinking budgets, those collections are more important than ever.”


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.


Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Mississippi, working
with partner agencies and divisions, collected $10,037,989.00 in asset forfeiture actions in FY
2013. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used
to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

 

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