United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy announced Wednesday that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia collected $501,452,563 in criminal and civil penalties in fiscal year 2013. Additionally, the Western District of Virginia worked with other U.S.
Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $1,155,045,898 in civil cases pursued jointly with these offices.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department collected approximately $8.1 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2013. The more than $8 billion in collections in FY 2013 represents nearly three times the appropriated $2.76 billion budget
for the 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices and the main litigating divisions in that same period.
“The department’s enforcement actions help to not only ensure justice is served, but also deliver a valuable return to the American people,” said Attorney General Holder. “It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the department’s mounting caseload. As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment.”
“In 2013, our office collected more than 75 times our annual budget in criminal and civil penalties and asset forfeitures,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said. “I am proud of the AUSAs and staff in our district, who continue to achieve unprecedented success in recovering assets from those who commit fraud and other crimes. This money helps provide restitution and other victim services, and supports law enforcement activities around the district.”