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US Attorney's Office collects more than $4.1 million in 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2014

MADISON, WIS. – United States Attorney John W. Vaudreuil announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin collected $4,136,292.94 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013.  Of this amount, $1,280,679.07 was collected in criminal actions and $2,855,613.87 was collected in civil actions. 

Additionally, this office, working with partner agencies and divisions, seized and forfeited approximately $3,953,906 from criminals and their associates.  Federal law permits the forfeiture to the United States of the proceeds of crimes and the assets used to perpetuate criminal activity.  Of this total, approximately $3,163,124 will be shared for law enforcement use with state and local law enforcement agencies.  The remaining forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

The Western District of Wisconsin also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $388,108,440.19 in civil cases pursued jointly with these offices.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013.  The more than $8 billion in collections in FY 2013 represents nearly three times the appropriated $2.76 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“The department’s enforcement actions help to not only ensure justice is served, but also deliver a valuable return to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder.  “It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the department’s mounting caseload.  As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment.”

“During this time of economic recovery and budget concerns, these collections are more important than ever,” said U.S. Attorney Vaudreuil.  “This office will protect the public, the U.S. treasury, and federal crime victims, and we will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals and corporations who attempt to profit by criminal activities, and to 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.  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 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 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, Small Business Administration and Department of Education.

 

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