U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand announced Monday that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina collected $1,772,802 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 related to criminal and civil actions.
Of this amount, $1,433,613 was collected in criminal actions and $339,189 was collected in civil actions.
Additionally, the district collected $1,621,521 in criminal and civil forfeitures, and obtained criminal forfeiture judgments totaling $1,626,929.
Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during FY 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected in FY 2011.
A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget of the combined 94 offices for FY 2012.
“Our office is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for victims of federal crime and for the benefit of the federal treasury, “said U.S. Attorney Rand. “We will continue to do everything we can to seek justice for victims of crime and hold accountable those who seek to profit from illegal activities.”
Civil collections in the Middle District of North Carolina included $400,000 paid by Dr. Tung Nguyen, a dentist, to settle allegations of billing for services not rendered and miscoding of denture claims to receive higher reimbursements. The civil collection figures also include $182,092.34 recovered through the Treasury Offset Program.
Forfeitures in the Middle District included approximately $900,000 in real property which the government alleged was acquired with the proceeds of fraud involving a contractor supporting the Iraq rebuilding effort in 2004-2005.