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Nevada U. S. Attorney’s Office Collects $22.5 Million For U.S. Taxpayers In 2015

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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden announced today that the Nevada U.S. Attorney’s Office collected approximately $22.5 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 related to criminal, civil and asset forfeiture actions.  Of this amount, approximately $­­­­­5 million was collected in criminal actions, $2.5 million was collected in civil actions, and $15 million was collected in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2015. 

The District of Nevada also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $2.7 million in cases pursued jointly with these offices. 

“Our office has been aggressive in enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden.  “These collections are used to help crime victims and for a variety of other law enforcement purposes,” said U.S. Attorney Bogden. “Our FY 2015 collections substantially exceeded the total appropriated budget for our office for the entire year.”  

U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch also announced today that the Justice Department collected $23.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2015.  The $23.1 billion in collections in FY 2015 represents more than seven and a half times the approximately $2.93 billion of the Justice Department’s combined appropriations for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

Below are summaries of two cases in which the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada collected significant amounts of money during FY 2015.

In December 2014, Concierge Compounding Pharmaceuticals (CCP) paid $273,500 to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Nevada and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle claims on behalf of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Defense Health Agency alleging that CCP had shipped compounded pharmaceuticals, many of them controlled substances, outside Nevada without being licensed as a pharmacy in the states where the drugs were received.

In FY 2015, we collected over $7.5 million from defendants Nathan Stoliar and James Jariv, who pleaded guilty in 2015 to conspiracy to defraud the United States, money laundering, and wire fraud, and were sentenced to prison. The money was collected through the seizure and criminal forfeiture of assets, such as bank accounts, jewelry, and real property, which were the proceeds of their complex fraud scheme involving renewable energy credits.

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. 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.

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.

Updated December 3, 2015