The Financial Litigation Unit 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I speak to regarding my debt?
Financial Litigation Unit - 302-573-6277
Where do I send my payment?
Civil payments should be made payable to “U.S. Department of Justice” and mailed to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Nationwide Central Intake Facility
P.O. Box 790363
St. Louis, MO 63179-0363
Be sure to write your name and U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) number or CDCS number on your check or money order.
Criminal restitution, fine and special assessment payments should be made payable to “Clerk, U.S. District Court” and mailed to:
Clerk, U.S. District Court
District of Delaware
844 N. King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Be sure to write your name and case number on your check or money order.
Is interest accruing on my debt?
All civil debts accrue interest, which is compounded annually. The rate is based upon the Treasury Bill rate on the day the civil judgment is entered by the Court.
All criminal debts in the amount of $2,500 or more also accrue interest, unless waived by the Court, commencing 15 days after the date of judgment. The rate is based upon the Treasury Bill rate on the day the criminal judgment is entered by the Court.
I represent a title company and need the payoff amount for a debtor. Who do I call?
Financial Litigation Unit - 302-573-6277.