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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Department of Justice

United States Attorney William C. Killian Eastern District of Tennessee


U. S. ATTORNEYS’ OFFICES CONTRIBUTED TO $6.68 BILLION IN CIVIL & CRIMINAL COLLECTIONS IN FISCAL YEAR 2010

Recoveries Largest in History $9.1 Million Collected in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn -U.S. AttorneyWilliam C. Killian announced that financial collections by the Department of Justice in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 reached an all-time high due to the efforts of the U.S. Attorneys’ offices nationwide. The 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices nation-wide contributed to the collection of $6.68 billion during the government’s fiscal year. This amount is the most successful collection year by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices.

According to statistics from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee contributed to the collection of over $9.1 million in FY 2010. Of this amount, approximately $3.3 million was collected in criminal actions and approximately $3.1 million was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the office also collected $2.7 in criminal and civil forfeitures.

"During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever," said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. Killian further stated, “I am proud of the work that our office has done to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission not only to protect the public by prosecuting criminals to significant prison sentences but also to ensure that crime victims are accorded their rights to full and timely restitution. I am looking forward to continuing the tradition of global law enforcement to stop those who bilk our citizens and the government and to ensure that the bad guys do not get to keep their ill-gotten gains.”

The $9.1 million was collected through the concerted efforts of the entire staff in all divisions of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which covers 41 counties in Eastern Tennessee. Mr. Killian commended his staff for their efforts in collecting these debts owed to the government.

The U.S. Attorneys’ offices are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. Statistics from the Department of Justice indicate that the total amount collected in criminal actions totaled $2.84 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.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices contributed to the collection $1.8 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2010. Forfeited assets are deposited into either the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund or the Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

The statistics also indicate that $3.84 billion was collected in 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.

The nationwide collection totals for FY 2010 represent nearly a 30% increase in criminal collections and 57% increase in civil collections over FY 2009. In FY 2009, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices contributed to the collection of more than $4.6 billion. Of the amount collected, $2.23 billion was collected criminally and $2.44 billion was collected civilly. The significant increase in collections was due to various large criminal restitution cases as well as large health care fraud cases.

For further information, the United States Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Reports through FY 2009 can be found on the internet at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.

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