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U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $30.7 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2023

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

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – January 19, 2023

SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California collected $30,730,539.87 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2023. Of this amount, $27,973,011.98 came from criminal actions and $2,757,527.89 from civil actions

Additionally, the Southern District of California worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect $845,298.42 in cases pursued jointly by these offices.

“We pursue every possible means to compensate victims for loss and trauma suffered as a result of criminal acts,” said U.S. Attorney Tara McGrath. “Over the past year we joined forces with investigators and victim rights advocates to maximize restitution and return assets as quickly and efficiently as possible.”

For example, in United States v. Glenn Arcaro, 21CR2542-TWR, the government recovered and subsequently sold bitcoin controlled by the defendant, resulting in $17,647,813 in restitution paid directly to the victims of his criminal activity. The U.S. Attorneys’ Office also secured an additional $1,003,900.17 in forfeited funds for victims. Please see https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdca/pr/victims-bitconnect-scheme-receive-more-17-million-compensate-losses.

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 collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $9,072,677 in asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year 2023. 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.

Contact

Media Relations Director Kelly Thornton (619) 546-9726 or Kelly.Thornton@usdoj.gov

Updated January 19, 2024

Topic
Asset Forfeiture
Press Release Number: CAS24-0119-Collections