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Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division

The Asset Recovery and Money Laundering Division (ARML) is separate from the both the civil and criminal divisions in the District of Oregon.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys handle civil and criminal forfeiture cases, criminal money laundering prosecutions, oversee the financial litigation program, and initiate affirmative civil enforcement (ACE) actions.

Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering

AUSAs in this section handle civil and criminal forfeiture matters as well as prosecute criminal money laundering offenses. These prosecutions also include structuring and other Title 31 offenses. In the realm of criminal forfeiture, attorneys in this section work cooperatively with fellow AUSAs and serve as co-counsel in large drug and fraud cases in the district.

Financial Litigation Program

The mission and goal of the Financial Litigation Program in the District of Oregon is to fairly achieve the maximum amount of recovery for each civil and criminal debt, consistent with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.  The office strives to collect and enforce debts due to victims of crime in an aggressive, efficient, and effective manner.  The office is also responsible for collecting money owed to the United States.

Bankruptcies and Foreclosures

This section handles bankruptcy litigation for the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Education and for several other federal agencies, as well as foreclosure litigation in state and federal courts to protect the lien position of the United States on behalf of federal agencies and for crime victims. 

Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE)

AUSAs in this section handles the affirmative financial litigation in the District of Oregon.  These include environmental, commercial, and health care fraud related cases, as well as affirmative land use litigation, particularly in the area of trespass and misuse of federal lands.

Updated May 6, 2021

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