Prosecutors collected $11 million in fines, penalties and assessments

Matthew Lane • Feb 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM

KNOXVILLE — Federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Tennessee collected more than $11 million from criminal and civil actions in 2017.

This money came in the form of restitution, fines and assessments ordered by the courts. It then went to victims (private citizens, businesses and the United States) or to the Crime Victims Fund.


Crime Victims Fund

- Established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984.

- Financed by criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalties and special assessments.

- As of September 2013, the fund had reached almost $9 billion.


Of the $11 million collected last year, $9.3 million was from criminal actions and $1.76 million from civil actions.

“The overall mission of the U.S. attorney’s office involves not just protecting the public by prosecuting and locking up criminals, but also helping to restore victims to the fullest extent possible,” U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey said in a press release announcing the collected amount.

Additionally, the Eastern District of Tennessee worked with other U.S. attorney’s offices and the Department of Justice to collect an additional $92.3 million in cases pursued jointly with these offices.


The Eastern District of Tennessee is one of 94 federal court districts in the United States. Our district has jurisdiction in 41 East Tennessee counties, stretching from Bristol to Chattanooga. It has offices in Greeneville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Winchester.


Overall, the Justice Department collected just over $15 billion in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2017.

The largest civil collections were when 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.

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.

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