$14.5 million collected in Middle District of PA on behalf of U.S. taxpayers

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that they collected $14.5 million in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2016.  Of that amount $2.1 million was collected in criminal actions and $12.3 million was collected in civil actions.

The $14.5 million exceeds the Office’s $8.9 million estimated budget by about $5.6 million.

In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, working with other agencies and divisions, collected over $4 million in asset forfeiture actions in 2016.  Forfeited assets are used to restore funds to crime victims and for a variety of law enforcement purposes.

“Every day, the men and women of the Department of Justice work tirelessly to enforce our laws, ensuring that our taxpayer dollars are used properly and that the American people are protected from exploitation and abuse,” said Attorney General Lynch. “Today’s announcement is a testament to that work, and it makes clear that our actions deliver a significant return on public investment.  I want to thank the prosecutes and trial attorneys who made this year’s collections possible, and I want to emphasize that the department remains committed to the well-being of our people and our nation.”