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Western District of Wisconsin Recovers Over $23 Million

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2011

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced today the Western District of Wisconsin collected over $23 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

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.

According to statistics from the Department of Justice, of the $23,094,832 collected by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, $1,000,990 was collected in criminal actions and $22,093,842 was collected in civil actions. A portion of this amount, $985,000, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ offices or Department litigating divisions were also involved. Additionally, the office also collected $364,818 in criminal and civil forfeitures.

“During this time of economic recovery, it is important to use our limited resources to collect debts owed to the United States, and to prosecute civil and criminal financial, economic, and regulatory violations to ensure the playing field is level,” said U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil. “This office is committed to protecting the public and using our financial enforcement tools to recover funds owed to the people of the United States and victims of crime.”

This past April, working with a number of state Attorneys General, this District recovered $17.5 million in federal and state Medicaid funds as part of the settlement in a whistler blower case against CVS Pharmacy. The settlement resolved allegations that CVS submitted inflated prescription claims to the Government by billing the Medicaid programs in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Rhode Island for more than what CVS was owed for prescription drugs dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries.

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the Justice 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 from the Department 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 Departments Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the Department of Justice collected $2.96 billion in asset forfeiture actions nationwide in FY 2011. 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 $3.83 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.

For further information, the Department’s Annual Statistical Reports can be found on the internet at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html .

 

 

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