NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM
Despite the recession, the workload at the New Jersey’s U.S. Attorney’s Office has been increasing at a rapid rate.
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said his state office collected around $301 million in civil and criminal penalties in the 2012 fiscal year.
An Associated Press story on myfoxny.com reported that total included about $270 million in civil penalties, and $31 million in criminal fines. The number was four times the total collected in 2010.
Fishman said in a news release on equities.com, "At a time when the cost of government is properly being scrutinized so closely, it is gratifying that the U.S. Attorney's office not only makes New Jersey a safer place to live and work, but also returns such a substantial amount of money to the Treasury and to victims.”
Example cited were New Jersey-based engineering consultant Louis Berger Group, who has contracts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but received an $18.7 million criminal penalty to resolve charges of overbilling the U.S. government. And McKesson Corporation paid $190.7 million to settle claims that the company inflated prices for a large number of prescription drugs, a violation of the False Claims Act.
According to justice.gov, the District Attorney's Office is responsible for the prosecution of federal criminal statutes for all of New Jersey, such as terrorism, public corruption, white-collar crime, organized crime and gangs, internet crimes, importing drugs through New Jersey ports, and many more. The Office also recovers funds from those who violate criminal and civil laws of the United States.
Three New Jersey offices are located in Camden, Newark, and Trenton.