Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $4,588,507.19 in Civil and Criminal Actions for U.S. Taxpayers in Fiscal Year 2013
Nebraska - U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced today that the District of Nebraska collected $4,588,507.19 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2013. Of this amount, $2,356,773.53 was collected in criminal actions and $2,231,733.66 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 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Education.
Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nebraska, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $1,168,854 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2013. 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.