Acting U.S. attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei announced Monday, January 25th, that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) has filed 68,064,639 criminal, civil and loss of property claims in 2020 , Raised $ 91.
In criminal matters, EDTX raised $ 6,587,484.79 in refunds for crime victims and received an additional $ 52,557,961.91 through law enforcement for the American taxpayer. Working with partner agencies and departments, the Eastern District also raised $ 8,919,191.00 through asset forfeitures. Forfeited assets deposited in the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds for victims of crime and for various law enforcement purposes.
“I’m proud of the Eastern District’s aggressive approach to collecting debt for crime victims and for the government,” said acting US attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. “Despite the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, the Eastern District has been focused on ensuring that crime victims get what they owe and that the accused pay for their crimes.”
The U.S. law firms, along with the Department’s litigation departments, are responsible for the enforcement and recovery of civil and criminal debts to the federal government, as well as criminal debts to victims of federal crimes. The law requires defendants to pay compensation to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered personal injury or financial loss.
A refund is paid to the victim; Fines and offenses are paid to the ministry’s Crime Victims Fund, which then redistributes the funds raised to victim compensation and assistance programs at the federal and state levels.
The Justice Department raised more than $ 15.9 billion in civil and criminal justice in total in 2020. This amount is more than five times the budget of approximately $ 3.2 billion allocated to all 94 US law firms and key litigation departments of the Justice Department. The total includes all funds raised through Department of Justice-led enforcement efforts and negotiated civil settlements. It also includes payments of more than $ 13.5 billion direct to the Department of Justice and indirect payments of more than $ 2.4 billion to other federal agencies, states, and other designated recipients.