U.S. Attorney's Office Collects $3.9 Million in FY 2012
Madison, Wisconsin - U.S. Attorney John W. Vaudreuil announced today that the United States Attorney’s office for the Western District of Wisconsin collected over $3.9 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 from criminal and civil actions. Of this amount, almost $700,000 was collected in criminal actions and over $ 3.2 million was collected in civil actions. The office also collected $590,671 in criminal and civil forfeitures, with an additional $1.078 million in seizures pending final orders of forfeiture.
Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected in FY 2011. A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2012.
“During these difficult economic times, the U.S. Department of Justice will ensure that debts owed to the United States and crime victims are paid,” said U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil. “This office is committed to vigorously protecting the public, the U.S. treasury, and federal crime victims. We will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals and corporations who attempt to profit by criminal activities, and we will also aggressively pursue enforcement actions against those who violate our civil laws.”
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 $3.035 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 $10.12 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 $4.389 billion in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2012. 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 $13.16 billion collected nationwide by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices for FY 2012 nearly matches the $13.18 billion collected in FY 2010 and FY 2011 combined.
For further information, the U.S. Attorneys’ Annual Statistical Reports can be found on the internet at http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.
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