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U. S. Attorney's Office Collects over $20 Million in Civil & Criminal Actions in FY 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2011

     U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith announced today that the Middle District of Pennsylvania collected $12,348,016.04 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. Of this amount, $7,714,985.51 was collected in criminal actions and $4,633,030.53 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, during the past fiscal year, the office recovered nearly $2.2 million in Medicare payments from health care providers, including $1.3 million as part of a settlement with Geisinger Medical Center.

     In addition to criminal and civil collections, the District obtained $7,954,698 in criminal and civil forfeitures. One major narcotics prosecution, United States v. Coronado et al., a coast-to-coast cocaine trafficking case, resulted in a $2,105,393 criminal forfeiture. Of the total forfeitures, $1,337,627 was channeled back to victim compensation.

     Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys' offices collected $6.5 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2011, surpassing $6 billion for the second consecutive year. A portion of this amount, $1.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys' offices or U.S. Department litigating divisions were also involved. The $6.5 billion represents more than three times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2011.

     The Fiscal Year (FY) begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

     U.S. Attorney Smith stated "The U.S. Attorney's Office is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crimes. We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from illegal activities."

     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 nationwide in criminal actions totaled $2.66 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.

     About $3.83 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.

     The U.S. Attorneys' offices, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $1.68 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2011. 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, including sharing with local police departments.

     The nationwide collection totals for the U.S. Attorneys' offices for FY 2010 and FY 2011 combined is $13.18 billion, which represents nearly a 52% increase over the FY 2008 and FY 2009 combined total of $8.55 billion.

     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.

     Further information concerning the Asset Forfeiture, Financial Litigation and Victim Witness Program in the Middle District of Pennsylvania is available on the U.S. Attorney's Office for Middle District of Pennsylvania website at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/pam/

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