WILMINGTON, Del. – United States Attorney David C. Weiss announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware collected $9,560,696.85 in criminal and civil actions during fiscal year 2019, which ended September 30th. Of that amount, $6,337,256.91 was collected through civil actions and $3,223,439.94 stemmed from fines and restitution ordered as part of criminal convictions.
“This year’s substantial recovery is a direct result of increased collaboration and cooperation between my Office and our federal, state and local partners,” said U.S. Attorney Weiss. “As prosecutors, our work does not end with a conviction in a criminal case or a settlement or judgment in a civil case. As the numbers demonstrate, we work diligently to facilitate collection of civil debts and thereby ensure financial justice for crime victims.”
The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the U.S. Department of Justice’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. 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.
FY 2019 collections include recovery of government money lost to criminal fraud, environmental crimes, and other misconduct and recovery of money lost by victims as a result of individual and corporate misconduct. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Internal Revenue Service, and the Department of Education.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Delaware.