U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $38 Million

U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $38 Million in Criminal and Civil Actions in Fiscal Year 2021

PHOENIX, AR (STL.News) United States Attorney Gary Restaino announced today that the District of Arizona collected $38,381,652 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2021.  Of this amount, $24,125,534 was collected in criminal actions and $14,256,117 was collected in civil actions.

Additionally, the District of Arizona worked with other U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $180,168,099 in cases pursued jointly by these offices.  Of this amount, $10,637 was collected in criminal actions and $180,157,462 was collected in civil actions.

Included in the civil collections was a settlement with TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. in which TriWest agreed to pay the United States $179,700,000 to resolve claims that it received overpayments from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in connection with its administration of certain VA health care programs.

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 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 collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $4,755,309 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2021.  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.

SOURCE: USDOJ.Today

This News U.S. Attorney’s Office Collects Over $38 Million appeared first on STL.News.