The U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo recovered nearly $17.9 million in criminal, civil and asset forfeiture cases last year.
Crime victims received about $7.2 million of that money, with the rest going back into government coffers.
In announcing the results of his office's recovery efforts, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said, "Speaking both literally and figuratively, the tremendous work done by the dedicated women and men of this Office is truly priceless."
A big piece of the money recovered last year, about $7.5 million, came from a campaign to combat fraud and waste against the government, particularly health care fraud in the Medicaid program and against VA facilities.
The recovery effort is led by the office’s Asset Forfeiture and Financial Litigation Unit, which is headed by Chief Richard D. Kaufman and Deputy Chief Kevin D. Robinson, and its Affirmative Civil Enforcement Unit, which is led by Civil Chief Mary Pat Fleming and ACE Coordinator and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen A. Lynch.