Northern District Collected More Than $4 Million in Civil and Criminal Actions

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that the Northern District of Iowa collected more than $4 million in civil and criminal actions, and $2.8 million in forfeitures.

Of the $4 million, about $2.7 million was collected in criminal actions and $1.3 million was collected in civil action. Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during fiscal year 2012, more than doubling the previous fiscal year, the news release said. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices, almost matching the past two fiscal years combined.

The U.S. Attorneys' offices also collected $10.12 billion in individually and jointly handled civil actions, the largest being from affirmative civil enforcement cases where the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws, the news release said.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $4.389 billion in asset forfeiture actions in the past year. The total amount collected in criminal actions totaled $3.035 billion in restitution, criminal fines, and felony assessments.

“During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Sean R. Berry. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crime. We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from their illegal activities.”

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