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U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects More than $4 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2021

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

PORTLAND, Maine: U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced today that the District of Maine collected $4,301,145.59 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2021. Of this amount, $2,656,134.87 was collected in criminal actions and $1,645,010.72 was collected in civil actions. 

Additionally, the District of Maine worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $37,336.07 in cases pursued jointly by these offices. Of this amount, $12,336.07 was collected in criminal actions and $25,000.00 was collected in civil actions.         

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 collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $4,040,485 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2021. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.


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Contact: David B. Joyce
Public Information Officer
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated December 21, 2021

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