U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $89.4 Million In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2016
NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today that the District of New Jersey collected $89.4 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2016. Of this amount, $23.1 million was collected in criminal actions and $66.3 million was collected in civil actions.
The District of New Jersey also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $672.7 million in cases pursued jointly with these offices. Of this amount, $317,114 was collected in criminal actions and $672.4 million was collected in civil actions.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced Dec. 14, 2016, that the Justice Department collected nearly $15.4 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016. The $15,380,130,434 in collections in FY 2016 represents more than five times the appropriated $2.93 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the main litigating divisions of the Justice Department combined 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,” Attorney General Lynch said. “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.”
“We continue to collect far more in fines, penalties, asset forfeiture, restitution and settlements than we spend in our mission to keep the public safe from violent crime and protect them from financial exploitation,” U.S. Attorney Fishman said. “The money we take in is used to make crime victims whole, provide additional resources to our law enforcement partners and help fund the general treasury.”
During the 2016 fiscal year, significant recoveries in the District of New Jersey included:
- $8.725 million from the sale of a New York condo owned by Garrett Bauer, who was sentenced in June 2012 to 108 months in prison for his role in an insider trading scheme.
- $2.67 million in criminal forfeiture from the owners of two healthcare companies that defrauded Medicaid and Medicare. Paul Mil was sentenced to 54 months in prison and Irina Krutoyarsky to 60 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud and other crimes.
- $2.3 million in property and funds from various defendants in the Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC case, in which millions of dollars in bribes were paid to physicians over a number of years in exchange for blood sample referrals to the lab.
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.
Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of New Jersey, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $41.8 million 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.