Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $46.9 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers In FY 2016
Also Collected Over $8 Million in Asset Forfeitures
Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein announced that financial collections in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 in the District of Maryland reached $46,916,648.14. The U.S. Department of Justice keeps statistics on a fiscal year basis, closing the books each September 30.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the Justice Department collected $15.3 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2016. The more than $15 billion in collections in FY 2016 represents more than five times the appropriated $2.93 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions of the Department of Justice 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.”
“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of employees of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our partner agencies, funds recovered far exceed the cost of operating the office,” said Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “We will continue to hold accountable anyone who seeks to profit from illegal activities.”
According to statistics from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland in FY 2016 collected $11,503,001.30 in criminal debts owed to the U.S. government and to federal crime victims, including restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments.
The statistics show that the $35,413,646.84 collected in civil actions in Maryland, include affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected penalties imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, and debts collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. These cases include the successful resolution of investigations against PNC Bank, N.A. and Foundation Health Services, Inc., two environmental enforcement actions against Arkema, Inc. and Westvaco and the case of United States ex rel. Coyle v. Paradigm Spine. Additionally, the District of Maryland collected civil penalties under the Controlled Substances Act on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration from its investigations of CVS Pharmacy, Inc., Value Drug, Inc. and Drug City Pharmacy, Inc.
Additionally, the District of Maryland worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $7,635,010.69 in cases pursued jointly with these offices. Of this amount $3,526 was collected in criminal actions and $7,631,484.69 was collected in civil actions, including cases resolved under the False Claims Act on behalf of victim agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense and the Department of Education
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 directly 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, labor and controlled substance 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.
In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $8,078,5856 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2016. 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.
For more information, the Department’s Annual Statistical Reports on prior fiscal years can be found on the internet at: http://www.justice.gov/usao/reading_room/foiamanuals.html.