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U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont Collects $3,106,754.45 in Civil and Criminal Actions in Fiscal Year 2023

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

Burlington, Vermont – U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest announced today that the District of Vermont collected $3,106,754.45 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2023. Of this amount, $2,072,930.23 was collected in criminal actions and $1,033,824.22 was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $76,859,362.34 in cases pursued jointly by these offices. Of this amount $22,239.05 was collected in criminal actions and $76,837,123.29 was collected in civil actions.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s federal prosecutors and Civil Division attorneys work tirelessly to protect our citizens, to recover financial losses sustained as a result of criminal conduct, and to safeguard taxpayer resources,” said U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest. “These efforts enabled this office to achieve justice for victims and recoup a significant amount of taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2023.”

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 for the District of Vermont working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $529,959.00 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 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.

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Updated January 19, 2024

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Asset Forfeiture
Community Outreach