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U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $42,405,600 in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2022

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert  announced today that the Eastern District of California collected $42,405,600 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2022. Of this amount, $14,682,495 was collected in criminal actions and $27,723,105 was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, the Eastern District of California worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect $8,740,584 in cases pursued jointly by these offices. Of this amount, $290,102 was collected in criminal actions and $8,450,481 was collected in civil actions.

“Financial recoveries are a critical part of our mission to protect the public treasury and hold those who violate the law accountable for the injury they cause,” said U.S. Attorney Talbert. “We will continue to aggressively pursue compensation from those who commit crimes and other wrongs in our district, to take the profit out of crime and to ensure that wrongdoers—not the public—bear the costs of unlawful conduct. I am very proud of these recoveries and the other great accomplishments this year by all the dedicated public servants who work in this office.”

For example, in June 2022, the Eastern District of California announced that it had received $9,486,287 from a physician to resolve allegations that he submitted false claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal for procedures and tests that were never performed. These payments include nearly $5.5 million paid by the physician as criminal restitution following his guilty plea to one count of health care fraud, in a separate criminal case filed in the Central District of California.

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States 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 collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of California, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $23,805,828 in asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year 2022. 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.

Updated January 12, 2023

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Office and Personnel Updates