Maine Criminal and Civil Fines Reach Nearly 4 million in 2016
Nearly 4 million dollars: That's how much revenue the U.S. Attorney's office for Maine collected in criminal and civil fines this year.
United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine collected $3,730,685.68 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2016. Of this amount, $1,082,526.09 was collected in criminal actions and $2,648,159.59 was collected in civil actions.
Delahanty says the District of Maine also worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $925,487.01 in cases pursued jointly with these offices. Of this amount, $2,625.01 was collected in criminal actions and $922,862.00 was collected in civil actions.
Maine Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the Justice Department overall collected nearly $15.4 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2016. The $15,380,130,434 in collections in FY 2016 represents more than five times the appropriated $2.93 billion budget for the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and the main litigating divisions of the Justice Department combined in that same period.
Lynch says it makes clear the Department delivers a significant return on public investment and she thanked the prosecutors and trial attorneys who made this year’s collections possible.
Dellahanty says over $633,000 of Maine's collections came as part of a settlement with Maine Dermatology arising out of allegations of false Medicare claims.
More than $439,000 was part of a settlement with Belcon Enterprises, operating as “Roof Systems of Maine,” arising out of allegations of false claims relating to government contracts.
$685,000 came as part of a foreclosure action involving Spring House Associates and $125,000 was part of a settlement with Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, arising out of allegations that it has not created and maintain adequate records of its handling and disposal of controlled substances.
The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the department’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.
Delahanty says the largest civil collections were from affirmative civil enforcement cases, in which the United States recovered government money lost to fraud or other misconduct or collected fines imposed on individuals and/or corporations for violations of federal health, safety, civil rights or environmental laws.
In addition, civil debts were collected on behalf of several federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business Administration and Department of Education.
The District of Maine, working with partner agencies and divisions, also collected $1,733,252 in asset forfeiture actions. Delahanty says forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund and the Treasury Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.
The District's headquarters office is located in Portland and houses the U.S. Attorney and 18 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, including a Criminal Chief, Civil Chief, and 20 support staff. A branch office is located in Bangor.