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NC convicts pony up $13M in last fiscal year

Posted December 6, 2012 1:37 p.m. EST
Updated December 6, 2012 1:40 p.m. EST

— 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.