LAS VEGAS -- Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Thursday his office collected $94 million this fiscal year related to criminal, civil and asset forfeiture actions.
Roughly $85 million was collected in criminal actions, $3 million was collected in civil actions, and $6 million was collected in criminal and civil forfeitures.
U.S. Attorneys' offices nationwide collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions this fiscal year, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected the prior year.
"During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever," Bogden said. "The U.S. Attorney's office is dedicated to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crime. We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from their illegal activities."
Included in the Nevada statistics is roughly $3.8 million that was collected from Jacktrade LLC, Richard Tavano, James Scott, and Louis Tavano, as part of several settlement agreements and asset forfeiture judgments related to an illegal gambling business and unlicensed bookmaking. Also included was a $1 million payment received from Las Vegas pain management doctor Steven Kozmary to resolve Medicare fraud allegations, and a $1 million payment from Lam's Pharmacy to resolve allegations that it violated federal distribution and recordkeeping laws pertaining to controlled substances.
Forfeited assets are deposited into the Justice Department's Assets Forfeiture Fund and Treasury Department's Forfeiture Fund, and are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.