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December 6, 2012

Federal court actions net $6.5M in West Virginia’s Northern District

WHEELING, W.Va. — U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II announced Thursday that his office collected more than $6.5 million in fiscal  2012 as a result of criminal and civil actions handled during that time period.

The total amount collected by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia  was $6,504,928, of which $4,065,351 came from civil actions, $633,918 from criminal actions and $1,805,659 came from civil and criminal forfeitures.

“My office has many talented and hard-working people who work every day to recover funds for victims of crimes and for the federal treasury,” said Ihlenfeld. “We’ll continue to be aggressive in 2013 in holding those who violate the law accountable for their actions.”

Some of the largest collections in Northern West Virginia came from cases against health care pro-viders that violated federal law, including a payment of over $2 million by Monongalia Health System Inc. of Morgantown for submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

A separate civil case saw the Mathias-Baker Emergency Medical Squad of Hardy County pay just over $1 million for making false claims to Medicare and Medicaid.

The Ohio Valley Health Education & Services Corp., Ohio Valley Medical Center and East Ohio Regional Hospital paid $660,000, and these entities still owe nearly $2.4 million to the federal government for violations of the Stark Act and improper compensation arrangements with physicians.

Large criminal collections include:

• $173,072 paid by Mark Matucci in connection with his conviction for filing a false 941 tax return.

• $160,163 forfeited by Kevin Ireland as a result of his conviction for manufacturing of marijuana.

• $153,908 forfeited by Ryan Rieger as a result of his conviction for conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

• $78,185 paid by Shaney Lilley as a result of her conviction for bank embezzlement.

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country are responsible for enforcing and collecting civil and criminal debts owed to the U.S. and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims. The law requires defendants to pay restitution to victims of certain federal crimes who have suffered a physical injury or financial loss. While restitution is paid directly to the victim, criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the department’s Crime Victims’ Fund, which distributes the funds to state victim compensation and victim assistance programs.

Nationwide, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices collected $13.1 billion in criminal and civil actions during fiscal 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion that was collected in fiscal 2011.

A portion of this amount, $5.3 billion, was collected in shared cases in which one or more U.S. Attorneys’ Offices or department litigating divisions were also involved. The $13.1 billion represents more than six times the appropriated budget for the U.S. Attorney community.

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