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U.S. Attorneys collected $6.5 billion in 2011

This is the second straight year U.S. Attorneys have collected more than $6 billion

If only the Department of Justice (DOJ) can collect another $1.3 trillion or so, we might have a real shot at doing something about those pesky federal budget problems. But alas, no one can accuse the DOJ and its U.S. Attorneys’ offices of not working hard this past year to crack down on crime.

Reports surfaced today that the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices nationwide have collected $6.5 billion from civil and criminal actions during the 2011 fiscal year. The sum marks the second consecutive year that they have collected more than $6 billion. And the icing on the cake: The $6.5 billion raked in this year is more than three times the appropriated budget of the 94 offices combined this year.

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