LAS VEGAS – Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou today announced that the District of Nevada collected $ 38,515,689.66 in criminal and civil actions in fiscal year 2021. Of that amount, 36,943,966, $ 20 was collected in criminal actions and $ 1,571,723.46 in civil actions.
“Without the dedication, commitment and hard work of our Civil Division, especially the Financial Litigation Program and the Asset Forfeiture Unit, these important collections would not have been possible,” the US Attorney said. acting Chiou. âOur office is honored to work alongside our law enforcement and other fundraising partners, and to contribute these funds for (among other things) victim compensation and assistance.â
Highlights of the Nevada District’s collection efforts for fiscal 2021 include:
- In March 2021, Indian drug maker Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited (FKOL) pleaded guilty to violating federal food, drug and cosmetic law by failing to provide certain documents to FDA investigators. As part of a criminal resolution, FKOL paid a criminal fine of $ 30 million in April. The asset forfeiture unit also obtained an order requiring FKOL to confiscate an additional $ 20 million.
- In September 2021, the United States Attorney’s Office obtained an order granting a motion for a final garnishment order in United States v. Patel. The garnishment, which targeted a complex investment vehicle owned by the defendant, enabled the government to obtain $ 453,025.57 to apply to the defendant’s outstanding fine of $ 500,000.
The offices of the United States attorneys, along with the litigation divisions of the Department of Justice, are responsible for the execution and collection of civil and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to victims of federal crimes. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered physical harm or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and crime assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds raised to federal and state victim compensation and assistance programs. victims.
Additionally, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, in conjunction with partner agencies and divisions, raised $ 22,292,063 in asset forfeiture actions in fiscal year 2021. Assets confiscated items deposited in the Ministry of Justice’s asset forfeiture fund are used to return funds to victims of crime and for various law enforcement purposes.