The US Capitol suffered nearly $1.5 million in damage during the January 6 uprising — and now federal prosecutors are forcing arrested MAGA rioters to pay part of the bill.
News of the government’s intention to collect money from those who contributed to the damage emerged this week with the release of a plea deal sent to one of the individuals indicted in the Capitol riots.
Paul Allard Hodgkins pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of obstruction of official proceedings, and part of his plea deal included a $2,000 fine in restitution to the Treasury Department.
“Your client acknowledges that the riots that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021, as of May 17, 2021, caused approximately $1,495,326.55 in damage to the United States Capitol,” the letter sent to Hodgkins read, according to the statement. The Washington Post.
A total of 500 people have been charged as of Friday in connection with the Capitol uprising, many of whom are expected to receive bills similar to Hodgkins’s.
Prosecutors are reportedly demanding $2,000 in restitution for each felony case and $500 for each felony.
US Capitol suffered nearly $1.5 million in damage during the January 6 uprising — and now federal prosecutors are forcing arrested MAGA rioters to pay part of the bill
Paul Allard Hodgkins, 38, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of obstruction of official proceedings and was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine for damage to the Capitol. Hodgkins is pictured (front) on the floor of the US Senate during the January 6 uprising
The inside of the Capitol is seen in disarray the day after rioters stormed the building in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election victory
Prosecutors from the US Attorney’s Office in Washington DC are demanding $2,000 in return for each felony case and $500 for each misdemeanor for rioters accused of storming the Capitol on Jan. 6
About 200 people have already been charged with felonies for their part in the Capitol riots, and another 300 have been charged with crimes ranging from assaulting a police officer, damaging more than $1,000 to federal property, obstructing police in the event of a civil disorder, theft.
Only Hodgkins has publicly admitted that he received his $2,000 fine as of Friday.
The Post reports that while prosecutors have not disclosed details on the basis of that $1.5 million damage estimate, the number appears to reflect the cost of replacing broken doors, windows and other property damage.
A spokeswoman for the Capitol’s architect told the outlet that the agency provided their damage estimates to the Department of Justice, which in turn used that information to determine penalties and fines on a case-by-case basis.
Ashton T. Kirsch, a Wisconsin attorney who represents insurers of minority-owned businesses that were similarly damaged during George Floyd’s protests in Minneapolis last year, said Capitol damage costs will fall on taxpayers if not paid. by those who make the devastation.
“The building was uninsured, so the cost will be borne by the taxpayer — on all of us — if it doesn’t fall on the people who caused the damage,” Kirsch told the Post.
“The hardest part is which is fairer – to have it paid for by taxpayers or by a broad group of defendants who may or may not have caused the specific damage in question?”
Staff seen cleaning up the Capitol in the wake of the January 6 riots
As the government chases $1.5 million from those charged in connection with the June 6 uprising, the true cost of damage from the riots is much higher, as the House passed a bill on May 20 for $1.9 billion in security funding, of which $730 million is to reimburse law enforcement agencies
The bust of US President Zachary Taylor (pictured) was wrapped in plastic and a rioter had smeared blood on it. The riot forced a joint session of Congress to delay certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory
The Capitol Building was uninsured, meaning the cost of restitution will fall on taxpayers if the scathing rioters aren’t forced to pay
$250 million of the $1.9 billion security funding will be used to build retractable fences, bulletproof windows and doors, as well as new surveillance camera systems
While federal prosecutors estimate damage at $1.5 million, the total cost of the Capitol attack is much more expensive.
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on May 20 to provide $1.9 billion in security funding, including $40 million for the Capitol’s architect, the Post reports.
$730 million of that security funding will repay the National Guard and other law enforcement and emergency services for their expenses related to the Capitol uprising.
The bill, which is pending Senate approval, also includes nearly $530 million for the Capitol architect and another $250 million for better fences, cameras and bulletproof doors and windows, according to the Post.
Authorities say the uprising in the Capitol is responsible for five deaths and attacks on 140 police officers.
Rioters broke through police barricades during the attack on the Capitol before breaking into the Capitol