CHICAGO ― The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois collected $78.1 million in fiscal year (FY) 2013, Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, announced today. These collections included more than $31.8 million in criminal debts, more than $31.8 million in civil actions, and $14.5 million in forfeited assets, resulting in the office’s total collections exceeding well more than twice its budget of approximately $33.8 million in FY 2013. Over the last 10 fiscal years combined, the office has collected more than $915 million on behalf of the United States.
In addition, in FY 2013, a court-appointed special master distributed $50 million in restitution to more than 7,000 victims in a criminal investment fraud case against a defendant who owned properties in Mexico and Panama. This amount was not included in the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s direct collection figures because it was handled by the special master, but it resulted from the office’s prosecution of this defendant.
In addition to the $63.6 million collected through criminal and civil cases, the office collected $14.5 million through asset forfeiture proceedings. The largest amount in this
2 category, approximately $9.2 million in net liquidated proceeds, came from the forfeited assets of Rita Crundwell, the former comptroller of Dixon, Ill., who is serving a sentence of 19 years and five months in prison for embezzling $53 million from the town over two decades. The $9.2 million in forfeiture proceeds was restored to the City of Dixon last month.