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Eastern District Of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney's Office Collects $1,174,439 In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2013

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January 09, 2014

Muskogee, Oklahoma - U.S. Attorney Mark Green announced today that the Eastern District of Oklahoma collected $1,174,439 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013. Of this amount, $380,400 was collected in criminal actions and $794,039 was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, the Eastern District of Oklahoma worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $184,251,500 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8 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.”

“Collection of monies due the United States of America in both criminal and civil matters is a responsibility of this U.S. Attorney’s office as well as those across our nation. We here in the Eastern District of Oklahoma are committed to fulfilling that responsibility,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Green.

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 Eastern District of Oklahoma, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $576,950 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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