MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Criminal and civil offenders have more than picked up the tab for the prosecutions against them -- at least in eastern Wisconsin.
U.S. Attorney James Santelle of Milwaukee said his office collected $9.7 million in criminal and civil fines in fiscal 2013. That's more than the $8 million it cost to operate the federal prosecutor's office.
About $5 million of the collections were criminal fines. $4.7 million were civil penalties.
Also, Santelle said his office recovered $3 million in defendants' assets. That money is given to crime victims, and it supports various law enforcement activities.
Santelle gave the example of a business that had $1 million embezzled. His office was able to return money to the employer by seizing and selling the defendant's house, retirement accounts, and wine collection.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)