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The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana recovered approximately $12.2 million in civil and criminal forfeits in fiscal 2022.
Of that $12.2 million, about $3.5 million came from criminal lawsuits, while about $8.7 million came from civil lawsuits, according to a Jan. 5 press release.
In addition, the Indiana Southern District USAO worked with other US law firms and the Department of Justice to recover an additional $216,807 in cases prosecuted jointly.
“The efforts and leadership of our Civil Division and Asset Recovery Unit have resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars that will help victims of fraud and other crimes,” US District Attorney for Indiana Zachary Myers said in the release. “We are proud to have aligned with so many local, state and federal law enforcement partners to protect victims and hold criminals accountable.”
Victims of certain federal crimes are entitled to redress if they have suffered physical or financial harm. In addition to compensation, fines and crime investigations are paid to the DOJ’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes the funds raised to federal and state victim compensation and assistance programs.
Also, the Indiana Southern District USAO worked with partner agencies to raise $1.96 million in asset recoveries, according to the release. These assets are deposited in the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture Fund and used to return funds to crime victims and for other law enforcement purposes.
Myers’ office gave the example of recovering nearly $5.6 million from American Senior Communities in August 2022 to settle a whistleblower case with false allegations. ASC was accused of billing Medicare directly for various therapy services provided to hospice patients when those services should have been covered by the patients’ Medicare hospice coverage.
In the Indiana Northern District, US Attorney Clifford Johnson announced last month that his office recovered approximately $7.1 million in civil and criminal cases in fiscal 2022.
In fiscal 2021, the Indiana Southern District raised $4.3 million while the Indiana Northern District raised $6.6 million.