U.S. Attorney’s office collects $2.3 million in criminal fines

The U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah recently announced that his office collected $2,321,772 in criminal fines last year.

U.S. Attorney David B. Barlow also said an additional $2,292,074 was collected in civil actions prosecuted by his office for a total of $4,613,846 for Fiscal Year 2013.

“The Department’s enforcement actions help to not only ensure justice is served, but also deliver a valuable return to the taxpayer,” said Attorney General Holder. “It is critical that Congress provide the resources necessary to match the Department’s mounting caseload. As these figures show, supporting our federal prosecutors is a sound investment.”

Criminal and civil fines are a common part of federal cases, especially in connection with financial crimes.

Last month a Spanish Fork man was exposed to a substantial fine in connection with tax fraud case. Authorities accused 65-year-old Stanley J. Wardle of filing false returns which resulted in $653,884 of refunds being issued to him. His conviction exposes him to a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss caused by each of the nine false tax returns he filed.

The Salt Lake City criminal defense team at Greg Smith & Associates handles criminal cases throughout Utah. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been charged with crime, call us at 801-651-1512 or contact us online.

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