(EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) — Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that his office collected nearly $19.5 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2015. Of this amount, more than $9.25 million was collected in criminal actions and $10,090,795.61 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the Southern District of Illinois worked with other United States Attorney’s Offices and components of the Department of Justice to collect an additional $36,117,452 in cases pursued jointly with these offices. Of this amount, more than $14,468 was collected in criminal actions and more than $36 million was collected in civil actions. As examples, 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. Finally, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois, working with partner agencies and divisions, collected $537,950.00 in asset forfeiture actions in FY 2015. Forfeited assets deposited into the Department of Justice Assets Forfeiture Fund are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.