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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Northern District Of Oklahoma U.S. Attorney's Office Collects Nearly $2.1 Million In Civil And Criminal Cases For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2014

TULSA, Okla. – United States Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. announced today that the Northern District of Oklahoma collected $2,089,219.07 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014. Of this amount, $891,527.25 was collected in criminal actions and $1,197,691.82 was collected in civil actionsAdditionally, the Northern District of Oklahoma worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $1,348.15 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.

Furthermore, the Northern District of Oklahoma, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected$1,106,290in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2014. Additionally, criminal forfeiture money judgments were entered totaling $21,066,698 representing proceeds from defendants’ offenses of conviction. During this fiscal year, forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund were used to restore $3,648,140 to crime victims and $812,213 was used for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder. “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy.  And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”

"The Northern District’s commitment to the recovery of funds has yielded nearly $2.1 million in litigated matters and $3.6 million in asset forfeitures for federal crime victims,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “This total is a reflection of the office’s priority and the work of dedicated collections staff in the Financial Litigation Unit and Asset Forfeiture division. We will continue to ensure justice is served and hold accountable those who seek to profit from their illegal activities.”

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.

Press Release: Department of Justice Collects More Than $24 Billion in Civil and Criminal Cases in Fiscal Year 2014

The full video of the Attorney General’s message is available at http://www.justice.gov/agwa.php.

Updated July 14, 2015