Indiana Southern District USAO collects $12.2M in forfeiture actions in FY22

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The U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana collected roughly $12.2 million in civil and criminal forfeitures in fiscal year 2022.

Of that $12.2 million, about $3.5 million came from criminal actions while about  $8.7 million came from civil actions, according to a Jan. 5 news release.

Also, the Indiana Southern District USAO worked with other U.S. attorneys’ offices and the Department of justice to collect an additional $216,807 in cases that were jointly pursued.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers, Southern District of Indiana

“The efforts and leadership of our Civil Division and Asset Recovery Unit have resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars that will assist victims of fraud and other crimes,” Indiana Southern District U.S. Attorney Zachary Myers said in the news release. “We are proud to have coordinated with so many local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to protect victims and hold criminals accountable.”

Victims of certain federal crimes are entitled to restitution if they have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. In addition to restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the DOJ’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes collected funds to federal and state victim compensation and assistance programs.

Also, the Indiana Southern District USAO worked with partner agencies to collect $1.96 million in asset forfeitures, according to the news release. Those assets are deposited in the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture Fund and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for other law enforcement purposes.

Myers’ office gave the example of the August 2022 recovery of nearly $5.6 million from American Senior Communities to settle a false claims whistleblower case. ASC was accused of charging Medicare directly for various therapy services to hospice patients when those services should have been covered by the patients’ Medicare hospice coverage.

In the Indiana Northern District, U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson announced last month that his office had collected roughly $7.1 million in civil and criminal actions in FY 2022.

In FY 2021, the Indiana Southern District collected $4.3 million while the Indiana Northern District collected $6.6 million.

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