U.S. attorney’s office collects more than $300 million in civil and criminal actions in fiscal year 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that the District of New Jersey collected $300.7 million in Fiscal Year 2012 (FY 2012) related to criminal and civil actions. This amount included $30.8 million in criminal actions and $269.9 million collected in civil actions.
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.
“At a time when the cost of government is properly being scrutinized so closely, it is gratifying that the U.S. Attorney’s office not only makes New Jersey a safer place to live and work, but also returns such a substantial amount of money to the Treasury and to victims,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said.
For example, the Louis Berger Group Inc, a New Jersey-based engineering consultant with contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq, paid $12.9 million in September 2012 as part of an $18.7 million criminal penalty to settle charges that it over-billed the U.S. government. On the civil side, the largest payment was a lump sum payment of $190.7 million from McKesson Corp. to resolve claims in a case the U.S. Attorney’s Office worked on jointly with the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice that the company violated the False Claims Act by reporting inflated pricing information for a large number of prescription drugs.
The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices nationwide, along with the Department of Justice’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. U.S. Department of Justice statistics reflect that the total amount collected in criminal actions was $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 show 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 or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws. 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.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Reports can be found on the internet at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.