U.S. Attorney’s Office to Collect $2.95 Million in Legal and Criminal Lawsuits in Fiscal Year 2022

US Attorney Clint Johnson announced today that the Northern District of Oklahoma collected $2,954,438.70 in crime and civil charges in Fiscal Year 2022. Of this amount, $1,958,593.62 was collected in crimes and $995,845.08 was collected in operations civil war..

“The Asset Recovery Unit at the US Attorney’s Office ensures that court-ordered restitution is made to victims, fines are collected, and financial obligations are met. In fiscal year 2022, this group of prosecutors, investigators, and legal professionals worked diligently to collect nearly $3 million on behalf of taxpayers and crime victims,” said US Attorney Clint Johnson. “I am proud of their commitment to this important mission.”

The topics and amount of the collection vary.

For example, in March 2022, the Asset Recovery Unit recovered $7,444 in court-ordered restitution from Shannon Kepler who was convicted of the murder of Jeremey Lake. The victim’s family asked for money to buy a stone for Lake.

Also in March, Adena Collard, who was charged in 2004 with defrauding several churches in Tulsa, made a total of $141,975 after 18 years of payments. Of the money paid in full, the court ordered the repayment of $151,529.

In May 2022, the accused Igor Kolosha was charged possession of child pornography. As one of the conditions of his probation, he was ordered to pay $8,000 in restitution. The last payment was made in May 2022. Individuals who commit child pornography offenses are often ordered to pay restitution to designated parties as required by the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistant Act of the 2018.

In the month of November 2022, Dr. Adam Gallardo Arredondo was ordered to pay $216,624 in restitution for accepting illegal kickbacks. Arredondo requested and received checks from OK Compounding in exchange for referring his patients’ prescriptions to the pharmacy, which is now closed. Compounded prescriptions paid for by federal health programs; therefore, the kickback paid to Arredondo violated federal law.

The US Attorneys’ Office, along with the department’s judicial divisions, is responsible for enforcing and collecting federal and criminal debts owed to the United States and criminal debts owed to criminals. of the federal government. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who suffer physical injury or financial loss. While victim compensation is paid, fines and felony convictions are paid into the department’s Crime Victims Fund, which distributes funds of collecting federal and state compensation and assistance programs.

In addition, the US Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Oklahoma, working with agencies and groups, collected $ 633, 952. in decommissioning operations during fiscal year 2022. Decommissioned assets deposited in the Department of Justice Decommissioned Assets Fund are used by to recover money from criminals and for many law enforcement purposes.

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