U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia Collects Over $11 Million in Fiscal Year 2017
More than $7.2 Million Collected on Behalf of Crime Victims
Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia collected $11,113,257 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2017. More than $7,200,000 of this amount went to victims of crime. “Providing restitution to crime victims is a priority, and I commend the three members of our Financial Litigation Unit for their hard work during fiscal year 2017,” said United States Attorney Mountcastle.
The Western District of Virginia also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $73,387,907 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.
Overall, the Justice Department collected just over $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.
Additionally, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia, working with partner agencies and divisions, also collected $4,115,494 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2017. 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 United States Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States 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.