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U.S. Western District attorneys contribute to national collections record

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The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri contributed more than $15 million in criminal and civil actions in fiscal 2010 to the U.S. Department of Justice, which had a record year in collections at $6.68 billion.

Of the $15,264,045 million collected, $6,134,670 came from criminal actions, while $9,129,375 was garnered from civil actions, according to a news release from Beth Phillips, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

“More than $15 million in collections is a testament to the successful efforts of our hard-working staff," Phillips said in the release. "We remain equally committed to recovering funds that are owed to crime victims and funds owed to the government through civil enforcement."

There are 94 U.S. Attorney's offices nationwide.

The offices are responsible for regulation and collection of civil and criminal debts owed to the federal government and criminal debts owed to federal crime victims, the release said.

The news release pointed to statistics from the U.S. Department of Justice, which indicated that criminal actions collections totaled $2.84 billion in restitution, criminal fines and felony assessments - restitution is paid to the victims, but criminal fines and felony assessments are paid to the DOJ's Crime Victims' Fund.

Civil action collections totaled $3.84 million. The largest portions of the fund came from cases in which the U.S. government recovered federal money lost to fraud or collected fines from entities that violated federal law.

The total collections amount, $6.68 billion, is a DOJ collections record, the release said.[[In-content Ad]]

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