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District Of Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $44,585,929 In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2014

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX - U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced today that the District of Arizona collected $44,585,929 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014.  Of this amount, $4,020,746 was collected in criminal actions and $40,565,182 was collected in civil actions

Additionally, the District of Arizona worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $161,247in cases pursued jointly with these offices.  Of this amount, $6,739 was collected in criminal actions and $154,507 was collected in civil actions.         

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billionin civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014.  The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder.  “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy. And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”   

 “It’s been another very productive year for our District,” said U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo.  “Our people have done a great job working with our local communities and partner law enforcement agencies in our joint collection efforts.  These funds are owed to victims of crime, as well as taxpayers, and we strive to be as effective as we can in collecting them.”

            The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, alongside DOJ’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.

            Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $10,312,162 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2014. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

RELEASE NUMBER:           2014-064_FY14 Collections

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Updated January 7, 2015