More than $5 million collected from Wyoming federal court cases this year

U.S. Attorney Christopher A. “Kip” Crofts announced last week that the District of Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office collected $5,355,903 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2015. Of this amount, $3,801,862 was collected in criminal actions and $1,554,041 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the District of Wyoming worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect $272,780 in cases pursued jointly with these offices. 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 to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs. The largest civil collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal financial, health, safety, civil rights and environmental laws. In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration and Department of Education. #buckrail #reboot #county10 #oilcity #county17 #shortgo #news