OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
November 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United States Attorney Collects $2.67 Million
WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia collected $2.67 million in Fiscal Year 2010, according to United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II.
Statistics released by USA Ihlenfeld indicate that the total includes $567,501.73 collected for restitution, criminal fines, and felony assessments. Restitution is paid to victims of crime under the Mandatory Victim Restitution Act of 1996, which mandates full restitution for certain offenses in which an identifiable victim has suffered a physical injury or pecuniary loss. After collection, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid into The Crime Victims’ Fund and the proceeds are distributed by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, through formula grants to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs. An example of a program funded through the Office for Victims of Crime is the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, which helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to cyber-enticement and child pornography cases. Another program funded from payment of fines and felony assessments is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which collects and distributes data regarding missing and exploited children and operates a national toll-free hotline. USA Ihlenfeld also revealed that the total includes cash, vehicles, real estate and other assets totaling $813,592.87 which were seized by federal agencies. In the case of restitution owed to victims of crime, some of the seized assets are liquidated and returned to victims of crime as restitution payments.
The statistics also reveal that $1.29 million of the $2.67 million total reflects collections primarily from affirmative civil enforcement cases, including recoveries in health care fraud and environmental protection matters. In addition, the total includes recoveries from defaulted government loans collected on behalf of government agencies, such as the Department of Education, Department of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
“The money collected in Fiscal Year 2010 helps to pay for our operations, and also provides funding for victims of crimes and for various law enforcement initiatives,” stated USA Ihlenfeld.
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