The United States Attorney's Office For The District Of New Hampshire Collects $24,116,941 In Fiscal Year 2012
Concord, NH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire collected $24,116,941.44 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 as a result of combined fines, penalties, forfeitures and restitution imposed in civil actions and criminal prosecutions, announced United States Attorney John P. Kacavas.
The total amount collected is nearly five times the annual budget of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. Nearly one-third of that total amount is attributed to an Eight-Million-Dollar ($8,000,000.00) penalty paid by Imperial Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded specialty finance corporation headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, under a Non-Prosecution Agreement to resolve fraud allegations related to its insurance premium finance business.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to bringing to justice those who violate federal law, ensuring that they do not profit from their illegal activities,” observed United States Attorney John P. Kacavas. “We are no less dedicated to seeking justice for the victims of federal criminal activity, which often means recovering funds on their behalf and on behalf of the American taxpayer. Our efforts to identify, recover and restore to the public fisc the financial fruits of criminal activity are especially important in this time of economic recovery.”
Nationwide, 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.
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