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G. Wingate Grant

2012 Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award | National Crime Victims’ Service Awards

G. Wingate Grant | Crime Victims Financial Restoration Award
U.S. Attorneys Office - Eastern District of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

As the Asset Forfeiture Chief for the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Wingate Grant is the Nation’s foremost expert on federal forfeiture and restitution for victims of crime. As Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Grant conceived and implemented an innovative unit within his office with the specific objective of recovering assets for crime victims. The unit has become the model for U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country. 

Mr. Grant regularly provides training on victim issues for Assistant U.S. Attorneys and support staff, including presentations on asset forfeiture and restitution, financial fraud, and victim-witness assistance. Mr. Grant assisted the Criminal Division, within the U.S. Department of Justice, in developing new training materials for federal victim professionals, including a Policy Guide for forfeiture practitioners and a brochure on remission and restoration of forfeited assets for victims. 

He also drafted federal legislation to assist in the recovery of assets for victims, including key provisions of the Restitution for Victims of Crime Act of 2011. He is a co-author of a book published by the World Bank on recovering stolen assets. In 2010, Mr. Grant assisted the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida in securing a significant restitution judgment for 320 victims of a billion dollar Ponzi scheme, in the case of United States v Scott Rothstein. 

Mr. Grant’s efforts also have resulted in the recovery of millions of dollars in restitution for crime victims in the Eastern District of Virginia. He is an innovative thinker whose advice and counsel is regularly sought by his colleagues and victim serving professionals alike.