The U.S. Dept. of Justice's announcement this week about settlement of a health care fraud case against Pfizer, Inc, the giant pharmaceutical company, has important implications for crime victim services. Of the total $2.3 billion settlement, about $1.3 billion are criminal penalties which are supposed to be deposited into the Crime Victims Fund which supports thousands of VOCA-funded programs.
These criminal penalties are more than double the previous largest criminal fines. The prospect of such a huge deposits into the Fund should give special impetus to the two Crime Victims Fund Preservation Act bills introduced recently by Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Crapo (S. 1340) and Representatives Ted Poe and Jim Costa (HR 3402).
For more information, visit this link: Important VOCA Alert. http://svfreenyc.org/alert_107.html
These bills would mandate significant annual increases in the VOCA cap through 2014. Now is the time to ask your Senators and Representatives to become cosponsors of these bills.
Please take a moment to contact your U.S. Senators and Representative to ask their support for these important bills, which will guarantee sustained funding for VOCA for many years.
Please visit the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators at www.navaa.org for a fact sheet and complete information about the Act, and then pleasecontact your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative to encourage their support for this critical bill.
You can visit www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ and enter your zip code on the right side of the page (red verbiage), which will link you directly to the email and telephone numbers of your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives.
And please cut and paste this request and send it to your colleagues, families and friends -- Congress needs to know how important this bill is to provide continued, stable funding for our important work!