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December 18, 2012

U. S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE COLLECTS $1,772,802 IN CIVIL & CRIMINAL ACTIONS IN FY 2012

Forfeitures Top $1.6 Million

Greensboro, N.C. - U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina collected $1,772,802 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 related to criminal and civil actions. Of this amount, $1,433,613 was collected in criminal actions and $339,189 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the district collected $1,621,521 in criminal and civil forfeitures, and obtained criminal forfeiture judgments totaling $1,626,929.

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.

“Our office is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for victims of federal crime and for the benefit of the federal treasury, “said U.S. Attorney Rand. “We will continue to do everything we can to seek justice for victims of crime and hold accountable those who seek to profit from illegal activities.”

Civil collections in the Middle District of North Carolina included $400,000.00 paid by Dr. Tung Nguyen, a dentist, to settle allegations of billing for services not rendered and miscoding of denture claims to receive higher reimbursements. The civil collection figures also include $182,092.34 recovered through the Treasury Offset Program.

Forfeitures in the Middle District included approximately $900,000 in real property which the government alleged was acquired with the proceeds of fraud involving a contractor supporting the Iraq rebuilding effort in 2004-2005.

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 $3.035 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 $10.12 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 $4.389 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2012. 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 $13.16 billion collected nationwide by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices for FY 2012 nearly matches the $13.18 billion collected in FY 2010 and FY 2011 combined.

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.

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