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Virginia U.S. Attorney collects millions in penalties

Published On: Jan 22 2014 07:30:56 PM CST
ROANOKE, VA -

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia collected $501,452,563 in criminal and civil penalties in 2013.

Additionally, the Western District of Virginia worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $1,155,045,898 in civil cases pursued jointly with these offices.

“In 2013, our office collected more than 75 times our annual budget in criminal and civil penalties and asset forfeitures,” United States Attorney Timothy J. Heaphy said today. “I am proud of the AUSAs and staff in our district, who continue to achieve unprecedented success in recovering assets from those who commit fraud and other crimes. This money helps provide restitution and other victim services, and
supports law enforcement activities around the district.”

In 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia,
collected more criminal, district-only, money than any other United States Attorney’s Office in the country.
The $501,333,280, collected in 2013 is the highest total collection money collected to date in the Western District of Virginia. A large portion of this FY13’s collections stem from the criminal fine levied against Abbott Labs, announced in 2012.

 In these “shared collections” cases, employees of the USAO-WDVA personally
contacted local victims to make them aware of prosecutions in other districts and gave them the information they needed to enforce their rights and obtain relief. Our work on these shared collection matters helped ensure that local victims received the restitution they deserve.
“Our participation in these shared collection actions reinforces the notion that we must work with the Department, and other districts, to successfully prosecute some of these large, complex fraud cases,” said Heaphy.

In terms of asset forfeiture, the USAO-WDVA collected assets totaling $6,345,519, more than any other similarly-sized United States Attorney’s Office in the nation.