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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 19, 2016

Eastern District of Oklahoma, U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $2,091,906 in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2016

Part of $15.4 Billion FY16 Collections By Department of Justice

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – U.S. Attorney Mark Green announced today that the Eastern District of Oklahoma collected $2,091,906 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2016.  Of this amount, $940,502 was collected in criminal actions and $1,151,404 was collected in civil actions.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced on December 14, 2016, that the Justice Department collected nearly $15.4 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016.  The $15,380,130,434 in collections in FY 2016 represents more than five times the appropriated $2.93 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the main litigating divisions of the Justice Department combined in that same period.

“Every day, the men and women of the Department of Justice work tirelessly to enforce our laws, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are used properly and that the American people are protected from exploitation and abuse,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Today’s announcement is a testament to that work, and it makes clear that our actions deliver a significant return on public investment.  I want to thank the prosecutors and trial attorneys who made this year's collections possible, and I want to emphasize that the department remains committed to the well-being of our people and our nation.”

“Collection of monies due the United States of America in both criminal and civil matters is a responsibility of this U.S. Attorney’s office as well as those across our nation.  We here in the Eastern District of Oklahoma are committed to fulfilling that responsibility,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Green.

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 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.

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