U.S. Attorney’s Office in EDVA Recovers $242 Million in 2020 for Victims and in Criminal and Civil Matters
ALEXANDRIA, VA (STL.News) Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA) collected approximately $242,000,000 in criminal, civil, and asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year 2020 on behalf of private and government victims.
“It is an honor to serve with my colleagues in the Eastern District of Virginia, all of whom have supported each other with tremendous resolve as we face the many challenges of the ongoing pandemic together,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh. “Our criminal and civil recovery teams worked tirelessly during a very difficult year to make crime victims whole, use asset forfeiture to reclaim the illicit proceeds of crimes, and protect the public fisc. We will continue our firm commitment to preserving the principles of equality, equity, and justice for all as we uphold victims’ rights and protect our communities throughout 2021 and beyond.”
During FY2020, EDVA recovered approximately $242 million in criminal matters on behalf of crime victims and in civil matters where federal money was at stake. Of these recoveries, $22.3 million involved restitution for victims within EDVA’s criminal cases, and $41.1 million was collected through civil actions and settlements where the federal government was a victim, such as defense procurement fraud, healthcare fraud, and qui tam (whistleblower) cases, as well as the collection of agency debts and other related civil enforcement matters.