DOJ asks for millions to boost crime unit

Budget documents request funds for 28 new positions

According to budget documents submitted yesterday to Congress, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking for $5 million to give its criminal division a boost in personnel, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The DOJ said in its documents that it wants to add 28 new position, 16 of which would be prosecutors, to handle financial fraud cases. The department said some of those prosecutors may be a part of a new unit the DOJ is creating to investigate possible misconduct associated with residential mortgage-backed securities. The unit was first announced in President Obama’s State of the Union address earlier this year.


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