NV Authorities Collect $18M in Asset Forfeiture Actions - 8 News NOW

NV Authorities Collect $18M in Asset Forfeiture Actions

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LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada U.S. Attorney's Office collected $18 million in fiscal 2013 related to criminal, civil and asset forfeiture actions.

Of this amount, $10.5 million was collected in criminal actions, $1.6 million was collected in civil actions, and $5.9 million was collected in criminal and civil forfeitures, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said Thursday.

The Nevada office also helped other U.S. Attorney's offices and the Justice Department collect an additional $1.9 million in civil actions.

"The collection of monetary penalties in federal litigation is a critical aspect of our work that frequently gets overlooked," Bogden said. "These collections are used to help crime victims and for a variety of other law enforcement purposes. Our FY 2013 collections exceeded our total appropriated budget for our office by almost three times."

Attorney General Eric Holder also announced Thursday that the Justice Department collected roughly $8.1 billion nationally in civil and criminal actions in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.


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