United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois Stephen Wigginton has announced that his office collected $19,428,426.20 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2015. Of this amount, $9,337,630.59 was collected in criminal actions and $10,090,795.61 was collected in civil actions.
“My Office will not stop in its efforts to collect monies owed the United States. The honest and law-abiding citizens of Southern Illinois deserve no less than our best efforts, and, I can assure them that they will continue to receive those best efforts on their behalf. As always, no legal avenue to collect debts owed the United States will go unused.” noted United States Attorney Wigginton.
As examples, United States Attorney Wigginton highlighted that his office recovered over $7.75 million dollars from a mortgage fraud case in the Carbondale area and a joint collection of over $25 million dollars from fraud in contracts out of Scott Air Force Base.
Wiggington announced last month that he is resigning, effective at midnight on December 11. Following his resignation, Wigginton plans on joining a national law firm based in the St. Louis area.
The Southern District of Illinois covers the 38 southern-most counties in Illinois.