Cheyenne – U.S. Attorney Christopher A. "Kip" Crofts announced today that the District of Wyoming US Attorney’s Office collected $1,802,203 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2016. Of this amount, $1,468,146 was collected in criminal actions and $334,057 was collected in civil actions.
Additionally, the District of Wyoming worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect $89,056 in cases pursued jointly with these offices.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on December 14th that the Justice Department collected $15.3 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016.
The more than $15 billion in collections in FY 2016 represents nearly five times the appropriated $3 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.
"Every day, the men and women of the Department of Justice work tirelessly to enforce our laws, ensuring that taxpayer dollars are used properly and that the American people are protected from exploitation and abuse," said Attorney General Lynch. "Today’s announcement is a testament to that work, and it makes clear that our actions deliver a significant return on public investment. I want to thank the prosecutors and trial attorneys who made this year's collections possible, and I want to emphasize that the department remains committed to the well-being of our people and our nation."
"I am quite proud of the efforts of the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office in collecting significant fines and forfeitures and for providing tremendous value to the American taxpayers," said U.S. Attorney Crofts.
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 financial, health, safety, civil rights and 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.
The total includes all monies collected as a result of Justice Department-led enforcement actions and negotiated civil settlements. It includes more than $12 billion in payments made directly to the Justice Department and more than $3.3 billion in indirect payments made to other federal agencies, states and other designated recipients.