U.S. Attorney’s Office announces collections for Fiscal Year 2023
Published 10:46 am Tuesday, February 6, 2024
KNOXVILLE – U.S. Attorney Francis M. Hamilton III announced today that the Eastern District of Tennessee collected $12,352,268 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2023. Of this amount, $3,130,283 was collected in criminal actions and $9,221,985 was collected in civil actions.
Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, working with partner agencies, collected $1,610,245 in asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year 2023. 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 collected to federal and state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.
Additionally, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, working with partner agencies, collected $11,345 in asset forfeiture actions in Fiscal Year 2023 for victim compensation. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.