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 criminal, civil, and property foreclosure lawsuits totaling 68,064,639 in 2020 , Raised $ 91.
In criminal matters, EDTX raised $ 6,587,484.79 in reimbursement for victims of crime 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 to 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 incumbent 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.”
US law firms, along with the Department’s litigation departments, are responsible for the enforcement and recovery of civil and criminal debt to the federal government and criminal debt 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.
The victim receives a refund. Fines and offenses are paid to the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which then redistributes the funds raised to victim compensation and assistance programs at the federal and state levels.
The Department of Justice raised more than $ 15.9 billion in civil and criminal penalties in 2020. That 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 actions 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.