U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $15 Million In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2013
United States Attorney David Capp announced today that the Northern District of Indiana (NDIN) collected over $15 million in Fiscal Year 2013. This amount was the total of civil and criminal collections processed in the Northern District of Indiana as the result of efforts by the United States Attorney’s Office and other components of the Department of Justice. The budget for the United States Attorney’s Office for Fiscal Year 2013 was approximately $7.9 million.
Mr. Capp’s announcement follows Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement on Thursday that the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The more than $8 billion in collections in FY 2013 represents nearly three times the appropriated $2.76 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.
“The department’s enforcement actions help to not only ensure justice is served, but also deliver a valuable return to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder. “It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the department’s mounting caseload. As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment.”
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.
In addition to the $15 million in collections, the NDIN, working with its federal law enforcement partners, collected another $6.8 million in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2013. Forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and are distributed to local police departments to supplement local law enforcement efforts.