U.S. Attorney collects $137.5 mil. in civil and criminal actions

The U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced today the office recovered $137,538,596.82 in the last fiscal year related to criminal and civil actions.

In all, $42,460,184.32 was collected in criminal actions and $95,078,412.50 was collected in civil actions. 

The office also collected $13,971,219 in criminal and civil forfeitures, which includes money deposited in connection with orders of forfeiture from prior years.  In FY 2011, court orders were entered for forefeitures totaling $32,213,481, some of which were deposited in FY 2011, and some of which are still in the process of being liquidated and deposited.

Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices collected $6.5 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2011, surpassing $6 billion for the second consecutive year.

“With all eyes on the bottom line in this recovering economic climate, Americans look to the federal government to spend money wisely,” said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman. “This Office was able to recover more than four times our budget for FY 2011, returning more than $137.5 million from criminals to the federal treasury and the victims of their crimes. Not only does our work provide vital protection to the people of New Jersey, we provide exceptional returns on the taxpayers’ investment. And hitting criminals in their pockets in addition to other penalties provides compelling evidence that crime doesn’t pay.”

The 2011 collections in New Jersey dwarf those from the previous fiscal year, when the office pulled in $69 million. Of that amount, over $15.5 million was collected in criminal actions and over $42 million was collected in civil actions. The office also collected more than $11.4 million in criminal and civil forfeitures.

Forfeited assets are deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund and Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore money to crime victims and for other law enforcement purposes.

U.S. Attorney collects $137.5 mil. in civil and criminal actions