The Financial Litigation Unit for the District of Connecticut litigates debt collection issues and enforces collection of criminal and civil debts owed to the United States or to victims of federal crime.
The Financial Litigation Unit enforces collection of civil debts on behalf of federal agencies in litigation that most often involves federal loan programs, civil penalties assessed by federal agencies and civil fraud actions litigated by the United States Attorney's Office.
In almost every criminal case prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office, a special assessment is imposed upon each individual or corporate defendant at the time of sentencing. In addition, a criminal fine and/or restitution to victims are often imposed upon the defendant. All special assessments, criminal fines and restitution payments that are collected are then disbursed either directly to victims identified through the prosecution of the case, or to the National Crime Victims Fund, which disburses grants to various victims' groups across the country, including victims' organizations in Connecticut.