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NC convicts pony up $13M in last fiscal year

Posted December 6, 2012

— The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina reported Wednesday that it has collected about $13.5 million in criminal and civil actions and forfeitures during the last fiscal year.

U.S. Attorney’s offices nationwide collected $13.1 billion during Fiscal Year 2012, more than doubling the $6.5 billion collected the previous years. The money is more than six times the appropriated budget for the 94 offices across the country.

“During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever,” said Thomas G. Walker, U.S. Attorney for the state’s Eastern District. He said the office “is dedication to protecting the public and recovering funds for the federal treasury and for victims of federal crime. We will continue to hold accountable those who seek to profit from their illegal activities.”

Defendants who are convicted on federal charges are required by law to pay restitution in cases where victims have suffered physical injury or financial loss. Criminal fines and felony assessments are paid into a fund for distribution to state programs that help victims.

To read annual statistical reports, visit the department’s website.


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  • bmac813 Dec 7, 2012

    You make me Laugh. This isn't the comvicts who commit small crimes. This is Big Company's and Corporations suiting each other, like Apple,who just got suited for ONE BILLION DOLLARS.
    Good Try anyways.

  • this is fdup Dec 6, 2012

    $13 million is only a fraction of the damage these convicts have done. Victims of crime are often a side show to the courts and they should be the main focus

  • Alexia.1 Dec 6, 2012

    “During this time of economic recovery, these collections are more important than ever,” said Thomas G. Walker, U.S. Attorney

    What!?! The government is now in the business of ensuring we arrest and convict people no matter what so we can take away people's personal possessions? I'd argue the conviction is far less important than getting at the truth and protecting our society.

  • nativegirl Dec 6, 2012

    The title needs an -. pony-up. It was confusing why the state was convicting a pony until I read a little further.

  • Just another bad guy Dec 6, 2012

    yay. We got $13M.
    How much does it cost us to keep them in prison?

  • jjsmith1973 Dec 6, 2012

    As long as the system here focuses on re-election and money we will keep putting people that shouldn't be convicted of a crime in jail. That has been made obvious this last year with the release of people falsely or wrongly convicted. They Brag about the money. This show a lack of justice being served blindly. People are offended by what Croche did, they should see what Da's, Judges, and police get away with to make a charge stick even if incorrect

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Dec 6, 2012