U.S. Attorney’s Office collects over $2.1 million in civil and criminal actions for fiscal year 2018

PIERRE, S.D. — United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that the District of South Dakota collected $2,163,413.25 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 from civil and criminal actions.

The majority of the collected funds came from criminal actions brought against those who owed money to the United States or who had criminal debts owed to federal crime victims.

The law requires defendants of certain federal crimes to pay restitution to victims 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.

The District of South Dakota, working with partner agencies and divisions, also collected over $84,000 in asset forfeiture actions. 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 recovery of these funds is a critical component of our mission,” said Parsons. “Thanks to the excellent work of our Civil Division and Financial Litigation Unit under the leadership of our Civil Chief Diana Ryan, these recovered dollars will play a vital role in helping crime victims and preventing losses to the American taxpayer.”

As a whole, the United States Justice Department collected nearly $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the 2018 fiscal year.

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