Federal prosecutors in Maryland hauled in almost $25 million owed to the U.S. government and victims of federal crimes in the most recent fiscal year, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
The office said it collected $11 million in criminal cases, mostly as restitution for government agencies and other victims, with some coming in fines and other assessments. Almost $14 million came in through civil fraud cases, along with penalties imposed on people and corporations for breaking federal laws.
"Our collections were more than the amount of money allocated to run the entire operation of the office," U.S. Attorney for Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein said. "We will continue to hold accountable those who see to profit from their illegal activities."
The U.S. Attorney's Office also collected $4.2 million in forfeited assets. That money is taken from criminal suspects and proceeds are shared with local law enforcement agencies that helped recover it.
The amounts collected by federal prosecutors bounce around from year to year based on the cases the office handles. Big fraud cases, for example, can pad the total.
In the previous fiscal year, the office pulled in more than $126 million and collected $12 million in forfeited assets, U.S. Justice Department records show.
The office also expects to receive large payouts in the ongoing fiscal year following, among others, a $95 million settlement with pharmaceutical firm Boehringer Ingelheim amid allegations that it unlawfully marketed drugs. The company denied wrongdoing.
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