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Southern District Of Ohio U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects $187 Million In Civil And Criminal Actions For U.S. Taxpayers In Fiscal Year 2014

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

COLUMBUS – U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart announced today that the Southern District of Ohio collected more than $187 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on September 30. The Southern District of Ohio earned the 7th greatest amount of collections of the 93 U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide. Of the $187 million, approximately$181.3 million was collected in criminal actions and approximately $5.9 million was collected in civil actions

Additionally, the Southern District of Ohio worked with other U.S. Attorneys’ offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional$16.2 million in civil cases pursued jointly with these offices.         

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the Justice Department collected $24.7 billionin civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2014. The more than $24 billion in collections in FY 2014 represents nearly eight and a half times the appropriated $2.91 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.

“Every day, the Justice Department’s federal prosecutors and trial attorneys work hard to protect our citizens, to safeguard precious taxpayer resources, and to provide a valuable return on investment to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder.  “Their diligent efforts are enabling us to achieve justice and recoup losses in virtually every sector of the U.S. economy.  And this result shows the fruits of the Justice Department’s tireless work in enforcing federal laws; in protecting the American people from violent crime, national security threats, discrimination, exploitation, and abuse; and in holding financial institutions accountable for their roles in causing the 2008 financial crisis.”   

“The collection figures in the Southern District of Ohio and nationwide are significant,” Stewart said. “These numbers represent our work in both our criminal and civil components and highlight our dedication to protecting our communities.”

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.

Updated July 23, 2015