To support animal health in fiscal year (FY) 2017, APHIS initiated 198 cases; issued 58 official warnings; issued 25 pre-litigation settlements resulting in the collection of $45,025 in stipulated penalties; and obtained administrative orders assessing $84,675 in civil penalties against persons for violations of laws aimed at protecting animal health and American agriculture. APHIS also negotiated a pre-litigation settlement in the amount of $7,500 for an alleged violation of the Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) relating to the use of fraudulent federal certificates; and a settlement of $8,750 for an alleged violation of the AHPA related to fraudulent blood test submissions. APHIS also obtained an administrative order assessing a $71,650 civil penalty in connection with violations of the Commercial Transportation of Equines for Slaughter Act.
|Totals||FY 2015||FY 2016||FY 2017
|Stipulated Penalties Assessed||$5,500||$11,250||$45,025|
|Referrals to OGC||12 (alleged violators)
|15 (alleged violators)
|1 (alleged violator)
|Civil Penalties Assessed||$4,400||$21,475||$84,675|