In 2021, the Northern and Southern Districts will collect millions of dollars in civil and criminal actions.
During fiscal year 2021, the US attorneys for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana brought more than $10 million in criminal and civil actions.
U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson announced that the Northern District of Indiana received $6,637,580.30, while the Southern District of Indiana received $4,302,430.23.
In the Northern District, $5,174,664.80 was collected in criminal cases and $1,462,915.50 was collected in civil actions. The Southern District of New York collected $2,799,296.37 in criminal actions and $1,503,133.86 in civil actions.
In addition, the Northern District collaborated with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice components to collect an additional $1,189,415.52 in civil cases brought jointly by other offices, according to a press release.
The Southern District additionally reported that it collaborated with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice components to recover an additional $1,941,923.77.
“Our federal prosecutors and support employees in the Southern District of Indiana’s Criminal Division, Civil Division, and Asset Recovery Unit are dedicated to defending its citizens and their assets,” Myers said in a statement. “We have some of the best in the country, and I want to thank them for helping to make this year’s collections a reality.”
The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, together with the department’s litigating divisions, are in charge of enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owing to the United States, as well as criminal obligations owed to victims of federal crimes.
Defendants are required by law to make restitution to victims of certain federal offenses who have incurred physical harm or financial loss. Criminal penalties and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the cash collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim support organizations.
During the fiscal year, the Northern District collected $1,111,683 in asset forfeiture actions in collaboration with partner agencies and divisions, while the Southern District collected $1,414,230. Assets forfeited and placed in the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to compensate crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement reasons.
“The public needs to understand that the United States Attorney’s office does far more than just prosecute federal criminal law violators,” Johnson said in a statement. “We also work to make crime victims whole by pursuing cash owing to them as a consequence of reparation judgments entered by district judges.” We also defend the federal coffers by collecting debts owing to the government. These efforts need to be recognized.” Civil and criminal actions will surely be a plenty in 2022.