Posted: Dec 12, 2012 1:13 PM by Press Release
United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced today that the Western District of Louisiana collected $17,658,958.86 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 related to criminal and civil actions. Of this amount, $7,144,727.21 was collected in criminal actions and $10,514,231.65 was collected in civil actions. Nationwide, the United States Attorneys' Offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected in FY 2011.
A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys' Offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2012. "During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever," said U.S. Attorney Finley. "The Western District of Louisiana is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crime. Victims depend on our office to collect restitution. We will continue to make every effort to collect restitution on behalf of those victims and hold accountable those who seek to profit from illegal activities." 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 total amount collected in criminal actions totaled $3.035 billion in restitution, criminal fines, and felony assessments. 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 directly to the victim.