(PROVIDENCE) – U.S. Lawyer Zachary A. Cunha introduced right this moment that the District of Rhode Island collected $3,769,390.83 in felony and civil actions in Fiscal Yr 2021, an roughly thirty-six % enhance over fiscal 12 months 2020. Of this quantity, $2,715,990.83 was collected in felony instances and $1,053,400 was collected in civil actions.
Moreover, the District of Rhode Island labored with different U.S. Lawyer’s Places of work and parts of the Division of Justice to gather an additional $6,998,789 in instances pursued collectively with these workplaces. Of this quantity, $4,957.79 was collected in felony instances and $6,993,831.56 was collected in civil actions.
These figures primarily signify felony restitution collections, felony fines, and civil judgments. The U.S. Attorneys’ Places of work, together with the division’s litigating divisions, are liable for implementing and amassing civil and felony money owed owed to the U.S. and felony money owed owed to federal crime victims. The regulation requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of sure federal crimes who’ve suffered a bodily damage or monetary loss. Whereas restitution is paid to the sufferer, felony fines and felony assessments are paid to the division’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds collected to federal and state sufferer compensation and sufferer help packages.
Lastly, the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace in Rhode Island, working with associate companies and divisions, collected $1,668,469 through asset forfeiture actions in FY 2021. Forfeited property deposited into the Division of Justice Property Forfeiture Fund are used to revive funds to crime victims and for quite a lot of regulation enforcement functions.