Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 --- 6:28 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A federal prosecutor in Milwaukee says his office collected about $9.7 million in civil and criminal cases in fiscal year 2013.
U.S. Attorney James Santelle says about $5 million was recovered in criminal penalties and $4.7 million in civil penalties. He says the total amount is more than the office's operating budget of about $8 million.
Santelle says his office also recovered $3 million in defendant assets. The assets are used to compensate victims of crime and to support various law enforcement activities.
For example, he cites the case of a defendant convicted of embezzling over $1 million from his employer. The U.S. Attorney's office seized assets including the defendant's home, retirement accounts and wine collection, and turned the proceeds over to the employer.
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