U.S. Attorney Takes $99M In Debts In 2010

CHICAGO (STMW) — The U.S. Attorney’s office in Chicago collected about $99 million from criminal and civil debts in 2010.

The collection of more than $72.5 million in debts, coupled with an additional $26.4 million collected through asset forfeiture, means that the office’s total collections this past fiscal year amounted to more than three times its annual budget of approximately $32 million, a U.S. Attorney’s office release said.

During 2010, the office collected $21.5 million in criminal actions, including more than $6.5 million in criminal fines; more than $4.7 million in restitution owed to the federal government and more than $9.9 million in non-federal restitution owed to victims.

In civil actions, the office collected $51 million, including more than $23.3 million from affirmative enforcement actions, with more than $22.1 million of that amount resulting from health care fraud cases, the release said.

The office’s Financial Litigation Unit, which pursues post-judgment recoveries, collected more than $27.5 million during the fiscal year, the release said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • squintz

    Yet, if they were to legalize marijuana, they could double that amount in one single month. Also, if legalized, we wouldnt have to pay to jail and prosecute those offenders. Not to mention, the crime rates would drop and for obvious reasons, the food market would boom. Seems like our government officials like shooting themselves in the foot.

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