The Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) is responsible for collecting monetary judgements ordered as a result of criminal convictions in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. Both fines and restitution compensate victims of crime. Additionally, the FLU is responsible for pursuing defaulted federal debts, including student loans owed to the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Financial Litigation Unit identifies assets during the investigative and pre-trial stages of cases, attempts to locate debtors and hidden assets in this country and abroad, obtain seized funds held by federal agencies and applies the monies toward restitution, coordinates repayment arrangements with debtors, and initiates post-judgment remedies such as garnishments. The FLU employs both Federal and State legal remedies to collect against debts.
The FLU works closely with other federal agencies involved in the collection of federal debts. These include, in part, the U. S. Probation Office, the Clerk of the U.S. District Court, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Marshals Service.