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U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo recovered more than $88 million from criminal and civil cases in 2015

A wide range of criminal and civil cases allowed the U.S. Attorney’s office in Buffalo to recover more than $88 million this year.

Of that, about $9 million was distributed to crime victims. Money also went to local law enforcement agencies, and a large portion of the recovered funds was sent to the U.S. Treasury.

“We believe in the well-known saying “crime doesn’t pay,” U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said in a statement Thursday. “To help make this phrase a reality for Western New Yorkers, our office uses asset forfeiture laws and civil lawsuits to recover money for taxpayers, victims of crime, and local police departments.”

Hochul said the $88 million is more than 8½ times the amount of money it took to operate the U.S. Attorney’s office this year.

Broken down, the money includes $9.8 million in criminal fines and restitution, most of which was returned to crime victims. The office also collected $66 million in civil actions involving health care fraud, government fraud and foreclosures.