WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE RECOVERS OVER
DURING FISCAL YEAR 2011
Memphis, Tenn. – Edward L. Stanton, III, the United States Attorney for the Western District of
Tennessee, announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee
collected approximately $11.9 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 related to criminal and civil actions.
Of this amount, $3,161,150 was collected in criminal actions and $4,299,776 was collected in civil
actions. The office also collected $4,445,701 in criminal and civil forfeitures.
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 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.
U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, stated: “When criminal or civil debts are owed to the
federal treasury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will work diligently to recover these funds for the public.
Our collection efforts directly assist those who are victims of crime, as well as our law enforcement
and agency partners. In this time of tight budgets and economic recovery, we will continue to ensure
that those who profit from violations of federal law pay the government what it is owed.”
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
$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.
The statistics also indicate that $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. 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 $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.
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.