LAS VEGAS – Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou announced today that the District of Nevada collected $38,515,689.66 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2021. 

Of this amount, $36,943,966.20 was collected in criminal actions and $1,571,723.46 was collected in civil actions.

“Without the dedication, commitment, and hard work of our Civil Division, particularly the Financial Litigation Program and Asset Forfeiture Unit, these significant collections would not have been possible,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Chiou. “Our office is honored to work alongside our law enforcement and other collection partners, and contribute these funds for (among other things) victim compensation and assistance.”

Highlights of the District of Nevada’s FY 2021 collection efforts include:

• In March 2021, Indian drug manufacturer Fresenius Kabi Oncology Limited (FKOL) pleaded guilty to violating the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by failing to provide certain records 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 compelling KFOL to forfeit an additional $20 million.

• In September 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office obtained an order granting a motion for final order of garnishment in United States v. Patel. The garnishment, which was directed to a complicated investment vehicle owned by the defendant, enabled the government to obtain $453,025.57 to apply towards the defendant’s outstanding $500,000 fine.

The U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, along with the Department of Justice’s litigating divisions, are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the United States 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 District of Nevada, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $22,292,063 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2021. 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.