More than $14 million was collected in the past year related to criminal, civil and forfeiture actions by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington, officials said.
One of the largest recoveries in the 2011 fiscal year was the $6 million settlement in a case involving purchase cards fraud at Hanford, said Michael Ormsby, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, in a news release.
The settlement involved CH2M Hill Hanford Group, Fluor Hanford and Kennewick Industrial & Electrical Supply contractors at Hanford.
"Since the cleanup of Hanford is such a high priority for us in this state, it is imperative to hold those who are responsible for this cleanup to be accountable for the receipt and expenditure of federal funds," Ormsby said.
A number of ongoing civil and criminal actions involving contractors and their employees at Hanford are pending.
Of the $14.05 million collected in Eastern Washington, $776,629 stemmed from criminal actions and $9.64 million was in civil actions.
Another $3.63 million in criminal, civil and administrative forfeitures was collected by the office.
Nationwide, U.S. attorney's offices collected $6.5 billion in criminal and civil actions during the past year.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office does not only prosecute criminals, it also protects the public treasury by collecting money owed to the United States and helps crime victims recover compensation," Ormsby said.
Money collected in civil and criminal forfeitures also is shared with state and local agencies to enhance their investigative capacities, he said.
"During this past year, we collected more than double the direct budget for the entire United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington," he said. "We will continue to hold accountable those who owe the federal government money and those who attempt to profit from crime."