Northern, Southern districts collect millions in civil, criminal actions in 2021

United States attorneys for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana collectively brought in more than $10 million in criminal and civil actions during fiscal year 2021.

U.S. Attorney Clifford Johnson announced the Northern District of Indiana collected $6,637,580.30, while U.S. Attorney Zachary A. Myers announced the Southern District of Indiana collected $4,302,430.23.

Broken down, $5,174,664.80 was collected in criminal actions and $1,462,915.50 was collected in civil actions in the Northern District. For its part, the Southern District collected $2,799,296.37 in criminal actions and $1,503,133.86 in civil actions

In addition, the Northern District worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $1,189,415.52 in civil cases pursued jointly by those offices, it announced in a press release.

The Southern District also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $1,941,923.77, it announced.

“The diligent efforts of our federal prosecutors and support staff in the Southern District of Indiana’s Criminal Division, Civil Division and Asset Recovery Unit are committed to protecting its citizens and their resources,” Myers said in a statement. “We have some of the best in the country, and I want to thank them for making this year’s collections possible.”

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’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.

Working with partner agencies and divisions, the Northern District collected $1,111,683 in asset forfeiture actions during the fiscal year, while the Southern District collected $1,414,230. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

“The Public needs to know that the United States Attorney’s office does far more than just prosecute violators of federal criminal law,” Johnson said in a statement. “We also strive to make crime victims whole by seeking to recover monies owed them as a result of restitution judgments entered by district judges. We also protect the federal treasury by collecting debts that are owed to the United States.  These efforts are worthy of commendation.”

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