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Asset Recovery Division

The Asset Recovery Division is responsible for the collections of federal debts and the forfeiture of assets related to criminal activity. The Asset Recovery Division’s primary objective is to use best efforts to divest criminals of their property and return it to victims of crime. The Asset Recovery Division is comprised of two units: the Financial Litigation Unit and the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

The Financial Litigation Unit is responsible for the collection of civil and criminal debts due to the United States and victims of crime in a timely, efficient, and effective manner.  This area of practice includes the collection of all criminal monetary penalties, such as restitution, fines, and special assessments.  This practice includes complex financial investigation to identify assets of defendants attempting to avoid paying the victims of their crimes.  The Financial Litigation Unit is also responsible for the collection of civil debts owed to the United States, such as small business loans, housing loans, liability under the False Claims Act, Controlled Substantive Act, and other civil settlements and judgments. 

The Asset Forfeiture Unit is responsible for the forfeiture of all assets related to criminal activity and/or gains a criminal defendant realized as a result of criminal conduct. It is a priority of our office to divest criminals of their ill-gotten gains and return them to the victims of crime.  The Asset Forfeiture Unit handles both civil and criminal litigation in a wide variety of cases and seeks forfeiture of assets related to numerous crimes, including smuggling of cultural property, drug-trafficking, fraudulently application for Economic Injury Disaster Loans, and other complex financial fraud.  These cases frequently involve complex financial investigations and tracing of assets involved with a crime.

Tonya Andrews is the chief of the Asset Recovery Division.

Updated August 16, 2022

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